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Dust 514 to be free to play, coming to Vita

EVE Online tie-in, DUST 514 will be free to play when it arrives on PlayStation 3 later this year.

The plan was originally to charge for the shooter, however CCP has decided against this idea, instead opting to allow for in-game purchases as a way of making its money.

“It’s very important as we take steps into this topic to unambiguously state that it is not a pay to win game. There is no micro-transaction that you can do that gives you an unfair advantage over someone who hasn’t paid anything,” said executive producer Brandon Laurino to Eurogamer.

“It’s the classic micro-transaction dynamic of, ‘I can pay and get this item,’ or, ‘I can invest my time and get this item.’ But neither of those options will give me an unfair advantage over the other.”

The publisher also revealed a Vita version of the game is on the way, although it’ll be more of a “companion app” to the PS3 game, at first anyway.

“At the most basic level, you can do transactions on the market; equip and customise your character, your vehicles; set up strategies with your friends and Corporation members – all of these sort of companion functions on the go,” explained Laurino.

“We’re also exploring all of the super fun exciting stuff – interesting gameplay opportunities and things like that. As we continue to explore what the possibilities are, between Vita and PS3, of which there are many, we’ll keep updating the app with stuff like that over time.”

DUST 514 is expected to launch later this year. There is currently no date for the PS Vita version.

Edited On 05 Mar, 2012

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