CCP on Tuesday unveiled DUST 514, a hybrid massively multiplayer online game/first-person shooter set on the planets in the EVE Online universe and designed to interact directly with the MMORPG. In addition, the company revealed in a blog post on its site the opening salvo in an operation codenamed "Unholy Rage," which saw 6,200 EVE Online accounts banned for selling in-game currency for real-world cash.
An early look at DUST 514
DUST 514, which has been in development for three years at CCP's Shanghai studio, promises to allow players to participate in futuristic firefights with real-time configurable weapons and modular vehicles while commanders issue orders in response to ever-changing battlefield conditions. More information wasn't revealed, but CCP said it will offer additional details during its annual Fanfest event, which will take place October 1-3 in Iceland.
Another sneak peek at DUST 514
Another topic of discussion during Fanfest will like be Unholy Rage, which is an ongoing operation. CCP said in its blog post that banning 6,200 accounts, which is two percent of its user base, resulted in a cut of 30 percent per user to server CPU usage, freeing up computing cycles for other players.
"Another great improvement is that space is now suddenly full of belts of oversized asteroids that were previously sucked up by hoards of macro miners of the RMT [real money trading] persuasion. Regular players are now starting to see mining as a viable means of making some ISK and they are moving in to take over the business," CCP said in the blog post.
Thanks to Inside Mac Games for the heads-up regarding Unholy Rage.