EVE: Dust 514 (2013)

by Christopher
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Dust 514 stands as a bold experiment in merging the MMO and FPS genres, remembered for its attempt to unify the complex universe of EVE Online with the immediacy of ground combat.


EVE: Dust 514 attempted to bridge the gap between MMO strategy and FPS action, offering an innovative gameplay experience tied directly to the EVE Online universe.


“Dust 514” takes place in the same fictional universe as “Eve Online”, a science fiction massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set 21,000 years in the future. The Eve Online backstory explains that humanity, after using up the Earth’s resources, began to colonize the rest of the Milky Way. The development of faster-than-light travel allowed mankind to expand at an extremely fast pace, leading to violent competition between space-faring corporations.

“Dust 514” players take the role of immortal ground-based soldiers which were created by the military shortly after the implant was discovered. There was direct interaction between the two games; player actions in one game affected the political, economic, legal, environmental, and social status of the other. The two games were officially connected on January 10, 2013.

The game features users fighting ground battles in wars on planets in the Eve Online universe. The events that happen in this game have an effect on EVE Online. Battles in this game can also determine who controls various planets in the EVE universe, and users in DUST 514 can interact with users from the EVE Online such as providing mercenary assistance during planet battles.

While previews of the game were highly positive, the full game received a mixed reception upon its initial release. It received constant updates and hotfixes deployed after release. The game was shut down by CCP on May 30, 2016, due to low player counts.


Players created their mercenary characters, customizing their appearance, weapons, and gear to suit various combat roles and strategies.


Dust 514 combined FPS combat with strategic elements like territory control and resource management, all within massive online battles of up to 48 players.


Though EVE: Dust 514 was discontinued, its legacy as an ambitious cross-platform experiment remains a noteworthy chapter in the history of video gaming.

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