New Universe: CCP finally combines EVE Online MMO and Dust shooter

new universe ccp finally combines eve online mmo and dust shooter 2 625x1000

2013 is a big, big year for Iceland’s CCP Games. Its signature massively multiplayer role-playing game EVE Online turns ten years old this year, but it will also expand in the most dramatic way yet. Come Thursday, January 10, EVE Online’s servers will be merged with the online servers for Dust 514, the multiplayer shooter that takes place in the same universe as the MMO.

When CCP first introduced Dust 514 in 2009, the idea was absurdly ambitious. In a fictional universe ruled by fake private corporations run by real world players, CCP would make a shooter populated by real players to determine the outcomes of massive in-game conflicts. A game of virtual mercenaries commanded by real people. After close to half a decade of development, that shooter is ready to be linked to the game properly, beginning another grand experiment for CCP Games.

“[Following] a slightly longer than usual scheduled downtime, we will be migrating over players currently participating in the Dust 514 closed beta from Singularity to Tranquility,” reads CCP’s official update, “This is a particularly special day here at CCP as this brings to life an ambitious and incredibly exciting vision of a single cross platform universe, the likes of which have never been undertaken before.”

The hyperbole is well earned in this case; no one has tried this before. Whether it will actually work is still up in the air.

Dust mercenaries can belong to existing EVE corporations if you’re willing to accept their applications,” explains the post, “Similarly you will see corporations starting by Dust mercenaries recruiting EVE pilots to join up with them. You can share corporation chat including voice chat and invite them into custom channels or private converstions.”

EVE and Dust are wildly different games. While Dust is a familiar team-based shooter, EVE is a taxing space simulation as concerned with economics as with role-playing in space. The fiction blends the two play styles seamlessly but the audiences for each tend to be of very different temperaments. Finding that those different sorts of players can fruitfully interact with each other is the biggest challenge facing CCP.

CCP is coming off of an incredibly successful year already. First, EVE Online received the particular honor of joining the Museum of Modern Art’s first standing collection of video games. Second, EVE Online grew to 450,000 subscribers for the first time.  


From PUBG to Apex Legends, this is how battle royale happened

Battle royale games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds’ and Fortnite have become the biggest trend in video games. The genre is also pushing the envelope in Twitch streaming and eSports.

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.

The best of the last generation: Our 50 favorite Xbox 360 games

The Xbox 360 thrived during a generation where games were plentiful. Here's our list of the best Xbox 360 games of all time, including all game genres and even a few special indie hits.

Blackout to go? Call of Duty: Mobile is coming this summer

Activision and Tencent have partnered to create Call of Duty: Mobile, a free-to-play version of the popular shooter franchise that will be available on iOS and Android devices this summer.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robotic companions and computer-aided karaoke

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!

Blizzard says Overwatch endorsement system helped slash toxicity by 40 percent

Blizzard said that toxicity in Overwatch is down 40 percent, partly thanks to the addition of the endorsement system. The feature allows players to reward teammates and opponents who show good behavior during a match.

Mortal Kombat 11 to add Shang Tsung, in likeness of 1995 movie actor, as DLC

Mortal Kombat 11 will add Shang Tsung as its first DLC character, and he will be in the likeness of and be voiced by the actor who played him in the 1995 movie based on the series. Noob Saibot was also revealed as a part of the roster.

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers to add Dancers and the Hrothgar

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers will add a second set of new jobs and races to the MMORPG, namely Dancers and the Hrothgar. The Dancers use throwing weapons and can buff teammates, while the Hrothgar are a male-only, leonin race.

Sony to launch State of Play videos for PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR

Sony will debut a new video program named State of Play on March 25. The first episode will focus on new PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR games, and it remains to be seen if Sony will tease the PlayStation 5.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild bug lets Link ignore temperature effects

A newly discovered bug in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild allows players to max out both hearts and stamina. The glitch also disables temperature effects such as the heat of Death Mountain and the cold of Hebra.

Report: Nintendo will release two new Switch models in 2019

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo will unveil two new Switch models at E3 and release them this year. One of the models will target hardcore gamers, while the other will be budget friendly.

Twitch streamer somehow beats Bloodborne, all the souls games without getting hit

A Twitch streamer named The Happy Hob has managed to play through all Dark Souls games, Demon's Souls, and Bloodborne in a row without getting hit a single time. He has been attempting the feat for months.

Here are the best items a Shinobi should buy in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a brutally challenging game that requires persistent focus and a lot close calls with death. You can make things a bit easier on yourself with by purchasing important items from vendors.

Here’s everything you need to know about MLB The Show 19

MLB The Show 19 launches on PlayStation 4 on March 26. If you're interested in finding out what's new in the latest iteration of the annual baseball sim, we've got all the details, from new gameplay mechanics to Road to the Show changes.