CCP Games’ PlayStation 3-exclusive free-to-play shooter Dust 514 has been available in closed beta form since back in August of this year, but don’t expect it to open up to the masses by the end of the year.
Speaking to Joystiq, CCP Chief Marketing Officer David Reid confirmed that Dust 514 won’t be going into open beta this year. On the bright side, Reid did say that it likely won’t be too far into next year before the game is opened up.
“We’ll be in closed beta for the rest of the year,” Reid told the site. “While determining the precise date for commencing open beta definitely will depend on player feedback, we’re feeling confident that it won’t be much longer after year end.”
Dust 514 is an ambitious project for CCP Games, the developer behind the hit MMO Eve Online. The shooter aims to connect Dust 514‘s virtual world with Eve Online, something that has never quite been done before.
Naturally, such a system is quite complex, and the developer is willing to take their time to make sure they get it right.
“Given the technical complexity of being the first developer to ever connect a console game to a live running PC MMO [EVE Online],” Reid said. “This takes time to ensure we’re meeting the quality bar we’ve set for ourselves and our players expect, and we’re committed to doing this right.”
If you haven’t found your way into the beta yet, you can see for yourself what Dust 514 is all about by checking out the gameplay footage below.
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