Today, CCP Games announced plans to axe the PS3-exclusive EVE: Online spin-off Dust 514 after three years of operation. While this news no doubt pains console owners, the Icelandic developers also used the announcement to confirm that Dust 514’s reimagining on PC – once known as Project Legion – is still very much happening.
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Project Legion was first announced during 2014’s Eve Fanfest. The Dust 514 team in Shanghai would take the reins, we heard, and it’d be built around what they’d learned throughout the course of the game’s console development. In essence, they’d keep all that was good and get rid of all that didn’t work so well.
As Jeremy reported last year, focus was then directed specifically on improving Dust before any sort of PC reimagining would occur – even though CCP Shanghai’s managing director Jean-Charles Gaudechon claimed New Eden “deserves a shooter on PC”.
The Project Legion label appears to have since been dropped, but the PC project – built from the ground up in Unreal Engine 4 – is still happening, according to a developer update posted today.
“[CCP Shanghai’s] experience is being utilized to build a new game from scratch using Unreal Engine 4 while harnessing all our learnings from DUST 514,” reads the update. “This is in many ways an evolution of Project Legion, the concept we announced at EVE Fanfest 2014, but without the limitations of technical debt and development paths we quickly discovered in that effort that could never serve as a future-proof technology base for a full production game.
“This new project is still in an early phase of production, and we feel like we’re on the right track and plan to give an update at EVE Fanfest on April 21st as a part of the free livestream of the event. Since this new game will be different from DUST 514 (although keeping many of its great parts), we will provide tiered recognition rewards to our loyal DUST customers, details to be announced.”
Expect more info come April 21, then. Roll on Fanfest 2016.