Dust 514, the Free-To-Play FPS associated with EVE Online will be available to all PS3 owners.

CCP Games has announced their intention to launch the open beta of Eve Online-linked FPS Dust 514 on January 22nd. This announcement comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that the closed beta of Dust 514 was successfully connected to EVE. When it is released, the Dust open beta will be available to anyone with a Playstation 3. Players interested in getting a jump start on Dust can still buy access to the closed beta for the remaining week of its existence, and any abilities they unlock will remain with them into open beta.

“The launch of the Dust 514 Open Beta is another step towards our long-term vision for CCP and EVE,” said CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Péitursson in a press release. “But this is just the beginning. As we have done with EVE Online, in the coming weeks, and for years to come, we will continually improve upon and add to the Dust 514 experience, as well as add deeper integration between the two games and their communities.”

The full release of Dust 514 will be a free-to-play FPS in which the actions of mercenaries on the ground effects the world of EVE spaceship combat above, and vice-versa. CCP is making a big deal of the innovative nature of linking one game genre to another, and of linking PC to Console, but the real gain is this: For the first time in gaming, you can grief your friends with an orbital strike while playing an entirely different game.

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