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Dust 514 Isn’t So Free-to-Play After All

July 12, 2011 Written by Cameron Teague

Dust 514 is a free-to-play MMO shooter right? Despite developer CCP insisting that the game will be free-to-play at E3, you will still have to pay to start playing the game. If you are as confused as we were, read below for the official word from CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson.

Speaking with GI.biz, Hilmar had the following to say.

In the beginning you have to pre-buy credits, so you pay something like $10-$20 to enter the game and you get the equivalent number of credits in the game once you do that. We call this the ‘cover charge’.

You’re really getting the game for free but you have to pre-buy credits in the beginning. We might go fully free-to-play down the line, but in the beginning we have a cover charge just to manage the initial launch of it.

We have always been a big believer in growing up a social network behind the game in a slow and predictable way. Because we have seen that if you don’t do that you can end up with a very unstructured experience, where there’s no cohesion to the community. By growing it at the beginning we help to make a healthy environment initially.

Hilmar then went on to explain how keeping the game exclusive to the PlayStation 3 helped his team to introduce more “innovation”.

By going exclusive with either platform allows us to do more innovation. The lowest common denominators would have been so small we couldn’t do things that are really interesting.

Sony was quite motivated in allowing us to do things we requested of them to the point they said ‘no one has really asked about that before and we’ve never thought about, but why not?’ They were very enthusiastic and open to really do something world changing and that’s what swayed the decision to go with them.

So there you have it folks, it’s partially free-to-play and maybe one day it will be 100 percent free.