CCP Games, the developer behind space MMORPG EVE Online
, made waves in August when they announced DUST 514, a console MMOFPS
which will tie into the EVE
universe. Eurogamer is now running a preview of the new MMO, providing more information on how it will work
and the way in which it will interact with EVE and its players
. Quoting: "... battles take place on dynamic battlefields about 5 kilometers across. Unlike EVE
itself, there will be a cap to the number of players per battle — CCP is 'still playing with numbers' (and presumably watching the development of 256-player MAG with interest), but assures us that this will not be less than 64 players. There will be a command structure, with infantry and squadron leaders on each side led by a player-commander on board the hulking Mobile Command Center airship. The commander will effectively be playing a real-time strategy game with living units, and will have an RTS-style view of the battlefield. He'll be dependent on the situational awareness of infantry players to clear the fog of war. He'll also be the target, with the ultimate aim of a battle — after several, varying sub-objectives — being to destroy the opposing side's MCC."