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Dust 514 Free For Everyone Exclusively on PlayStation 3 |

Let’s face it. Whenever we hear or see the word “FREE”, we do a double take on what the word is attached to. In this case, a multiplayer game developed by CCP studios in Iceland (yes, you read that right), will be free to play on the PSN network, according to a press release sent to me today.

“DUST 514 has everything you could want in a shooter: thrilling gameplay, spectacular graphics and an incredible strategic depth that comes from sharing the living universe of EVE Online,” said CCP CEO Hilmar Pétursson. “DUST 514 embodies the passion and creativity the world has come to expect from CCP, and we think PlayStation®3 owners will be amazed at the opportunity to play such a groundbreaking new game of this caliber for free.”

CCP games also developed EVE online. A game that brought a good amount of attention in the industry. “As the first true free-to-play FPS on PS3™, Dust 514 signifies a big step forward in the evolution of console gaming,” said Phil Rosenberg, SVP of Business Development, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. “PS3 is the only platform where players will experience a AAA game like this for free, and it showcases our commitment to deliver the best games exclusively on PlayStation Network.”

The game is scheduled to launch later this year. Their original idea was to sell the game at $20, and return the $20 to you with in-game currency. Now that plans have changed, will you give it a try since it will be free of charge?

Update: “Closed private trials of DUST 514 began in December 2011 and will be organically expanding throughout the beta period. All Fanfest attendees will receive invitations to the private trial. The game is scheduled to launch later this year.”

  • So… is it a Zynga-esque commercial model — free to play, but pay for items or whatever?

  • From my understanding, you can play from start to finish for free but you can pay to get leg ups here or there.

  • woo free hopefully it turns out well

  • my concern as well. free isnt always a good thing

  • Only problem I see now is for the trophies. IT will be Free REalms all over again. Free, but unless you pay, no trophies, as per Sony’s guidelines. Is why Elemental Monster is $1.

  • Free isn’t always a good thing (1). I’m actually more concerned because it’s free than if it wasn’t. The developer has no confidence in its product whatsoever otherwise this shouldn’t happen… OR you’ll get a crappy free experience.

  • Cheeto

    By free I think they mean that there is no monthly subscription, which is understandable and quite welcome. The thing is, EVE online is not free and from my understanding there will be purchasable items in EVE store that will grant you “better experience”. Which basically means, you will have to pay to get the big guns. Guild Wars, one of my favorite MMO of all time is free to play, even the sequel Guild Wars 2 will be free to play. I think most game developers are realizing that charging a small fee for playing a game is not in most people interests. The days of WOW are presumably over. A free to play online FPS is not new to the industry, we will have to wait and see how this whole thing will be connected to EVE universe and how much will that effect the gameplay.

  • YEa if they have that bs again with DCU where you gotta pay for trophies to hell with that 😛

    I dont’ undserstand the update