Dust 514 is now F2P, Vita version detailed

Upcoming PS3-exclusive MMO Dust 514 has had a change of heart.

Originally scheduled to have a cover charge to permit entrance into the game (just a one-time fee that could then be used as in-game currency), the shooter will now be entirely free-to-play. Developer CCP’s executive producer Brandon Laurino revealed as much to Eurogamer.

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

“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.”

Said micro-transactions will include things like performance boosters and weapon variants among other things. They’ll be purchased with the game’s currency, Aurum, which can either be earned or bought with our own cash.

“We are covering literally a universe of planets, so there’s thousands of different maps and they’re all available to everyone who’s playing. There won’t be some section of the universe that’s blocked off. It’s really about what you build on those planets – some of those will be earned, some of those will be paid,” Laurino said.

Maybe the recent relaunch of DC Universe Online in the free-to-play genre has something to do with CCP’s switch up.

Those paying attention at last year’s PlayStation E3 press conference will also know that a Vita version of Dust is currently planned. Though from the sounds of it, this will be more like a mobile management app than a full game to start off with.

“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,” Laurino explained.

“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 this year. We’re not sure on the Vita app’s launch just yet.