Dust 514 will be free to play, PS Vita companion app incoming

DUST 514 free to play PS3

Going pricetag free is always a favourable decision in our book, and that’s just what Dust 514 is doing, says CCP’s Brandon Laurino.  The online shooter based around the fearsomely popular EVE Online universe that just might shape up to be PS3′s biggest online shooter was originally going to carry a mid-range pricetage on the SEN at launch, which would be converted into in-game currency, but Laurino announced to Eurogamer earlier that it’s now going entirely sans-price.

“We wanted to make it unambiguously that this is a free-to-play game,” said Laurino. But in-game currency will play a big part in Dust 514 and gamers will still get the chance to convert real-world dough to Dust-dollars (not the real currency name, although maybe it should be?): “We probably will still have some kind of pack like that.”

What’s more, the PS Vita version will be far from a straight port – it’ll be a “companion app” that lets you customise characters and tweak your combat strategies, rather than a pint-size shooter like Unit 13.

Expect Dust 514 to touch down and blast us all to minute particles this summer. Thanks to Eurogamer.

Dust 514 E3 gameplay trailer