CCP currently has no plans to expand Dust 514 beyond the PlayStation 3.
While far from the only multiplayer shooter on the PlayStation 3, Dust 514 is, in many ways, one of the most ambitious. Fashioned by CCP to be an FPS companion to the developer's popular MMORPG EVE Online, the game was developed so that it would actively integrate with EVE.
DUST 514 is a free-to-play first-person shooter developed by CCP Games for the PlayStation 3. The game was designed to directly compliment science fiction MMO EVE Online. Players in DUST 514 battle in real time on planets controlled and owned by EVE players.
That being the case, many have questioned what CCP plans to do with the game now that the PS3 is entering its twilight. Some have wondered if Dust 514, which isn't restricted by any formal exclusivity agreement with Sony, might be better off going multiplatform. According to CCP CEO Hilmar Pétursson however, that's not something the studio will be investing in anytime soon.
"Right now we have a player base and that player base is on the PlayStation 3," he said. "They love playing the game, they're giving us fantastic feedback and it's more about sticking with them on this journey, delivering on our mission, rather than to go and try and spread it out over other platforms now."
This reluctance to invest in multiplatform editions of the shooter could perhaps stem from the game's somewhat mediocre critical reception. While many enjoyed Dust 514, some found it lacking. CCP, in turn, hasn't released any numbers on how many users the game has accrued.
Pétursson, however, denies that numbers are a concern. "There were only 30,000 people playing EVE in the beginning, now there's over half-a-million people playing it a decade later," he said. "We know how that works. If we stick to our guns, deliver on rapid-fire updates, the game accelerates and progresses." It's a nice sentiment, but one that could potentially be diffused by the fact that the PS3 is very much on a course to obsolescence. If CCP wants Dust 514 to stay alive, it will arguably have to move the game somewhere at some point. When and where it chooses to do that is something we'll have to wait and see.