In 2003, CCP Games released EVE Online, a sandbox MMO for the PC in which the player pilots a spaceship, which can be used for warfare, trade, or many other pursuits in the vast, expansive galaxy.
Enter DUST 514, a first-person shooter for the PS3 that is not only set in the same universe as EVE Online–it actually takes place on the same server.
That means that all of the planets that those starship captains have been vying for over the last ten years are now perfectly viable battlefields for your shooting pleasure. Though you start out as a simple mercenary, you can align yourself with any of the same political organizations that your EVE counterparts are. You are part of the same mail, chat, alliance and economic systems that are in the existing PC world. You can even ask EVE players to perform orbital strikes for you!
DUST 514 moved yesterday from Closed to Open Beta, and it’s 100% free on PlayStation Network. CCP Games is eager to emphasize that all aspects of the game will be free, and that the very few paid items are not gamebreaking in any way.
If there’s one thing that can be said about CCP Games, it’s that they’re trying something that no other developer has done before.