Dust 514 beta players will soon be able to team up with EVE players
“On Thursday the 10th of January, following a slightly longer than usual scheduled downtime, we will be migrating over players currently participating in the DUST 514 closed beta from Singularity to Tranquility. This is a particularly special day here at CCP as this brings to life an ambitious and incredibly exciting vision of a single cross platform universe, the likes of which have never been undertaken before.”
All players will be able to interact whether they’re playing EVE or Dust 514 Beta via chat channels and even join corporations together, but, even though it is integrating into the live EVE server, CCP points out that this is not the official launch of Dust 514. “For now we are remaining in closed beta from the DUST side of things,” the company says. However, CCP also states this will be the last time DUST 514 Beta characters are reset.
For those of you playing in the Dust 514 Beta right now, do know there will be extended downtime of 12 hours and 45 minutes on January 10th in order to integrate the change. A good portion of that time will also be spent testing the communication between Tranquility and the PlayStation network in order to ensure that there will be no issues.
“This is a massive technical and game design endeavour and so the overlap in gameplay is intentionally contained for now. It is of course very important that we do not upset the serious business of internet spaceships.
In particular the economic balance between a 10-year-old space simulation and a brand new free to play MMOFPS is an obvious concern. So, for this first release, any ISK transfer between EVE and DUST 514 beta characters will be blocked. This will then be replaced by a taxable transfer mechanism with the intention of easing the currency control to 0% and removing it entirely once we are happy the economies have reached an equilibrium.
We are already hard at work on the next expansion where you will see things like player owned districts, tighter economic integration and more incentives for EVE characters and corporations to take part in the politics, logistics and outcomes of DUST 514 battles. The design teams will be working with the CSM this year to make sure these plans sit well with capsuleers and mercenaries alike.
We absolutely cannot wait to get this journey started with you and it all kicks off this Thursday.
For now fly safe and good hunting. o7″