by Joseph Leray
I don't think it's entirely inaccurate to describe reaction to CCP Games' "Dust 514" as "mixed," but I wonder how much of that reaction is derived from unrealistic, or at least misguided, expectations.
No surprise, then, that with the eyes of the entire industry pointed at the Los Angeles Convention Center, CCP would use the customary E3 trailer to lay out exactly what it thinks is appealing about their free-to-play, massively multiplayer first-person shooter.
Titled "Fight Your Own War," "Dust 514"'s latest trailer isn't the flashiest thing you'll see this week, but what it lacks in theatrics in makes up for in straightforward information: the game hinges on extreme character customization and players' ability to team up with "EVE Online" players in massive corporations and alliances.
CCP gambled that making "Dust 514" a PlayStation 3 exclusive would bring in new audiences; the risk is that those new audiences aren't familiar with the player-created plots, machinations, betrayals, and schemes that "EVE Online" would bring into the fold. It took years for the "EVE" community to gain the momentum it has now, so it may be a while until we hear of factional warfare or high-level social engineering among so-called Dust-bunnies.
Until then, CCP plans to support the game with free updates and an eventual PlayStation 4 version.
"Dust 514" is currently available for the PlayStation 3 and a new batch of E3 screenshots is available below.