CCP has announced it will shut down DUST 514 for the PlayStation 3 coming on May 30.

Ashes to ashes, DUST 514 to dust …

With CCP having announced a PC version of DUST 514 under the guise of Project Legion at Fanfest 2014 (see the video at right), it seemed like the days were numbered for the PS3 version. It took about two years, but CCP has finally revealed that it will be shutting down the game servers on May 30.

In a statement to fans on the official forums, CCP said:

“We are very proud of what we’ve learned and accomplished with DUST 514 on PlayStation 3 over the past three years and it is an honor to be a part of such a dedicated community. We consider DUST 514 one of the best free-to-play offerings on the platform, but the years have caught up with us. It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that DUST 514 will be shutting down on May 30th, 2016. We therefore will not be releasing the 1.3 update as we had planned. Players will continue to be able to play for free on our servers until then, but all further PSN packs and purchases have been removed and disabled from the in-game marketplace and the PlayStation Store. Players with existing Aurum will be able to continue to purchase items from the in-game marketplace.”

The free-to-play FPS, set in the same world as other CCP products Eve Online, EVE Valkyrie and Gunjack, never was quite what CCP had envisioned it to be. But with Project Legion, being developed by the Shanghai dev team, CCP is hoping to take what it learned with DUST 514 and make it a better PC experience by starting the game from scratch using the Unreal Engine 4.

“This is in many ways an evolution of Project Legion, the concept we announced at EVE Fanfest 2014, but without the limitations of technical debt and development paths we quickly discovered in that effort that could never serve as a future-proof technology base for a full production game,” CCP said.

The company hopes to reveal more information on the new game during the livestreaming of Fanfest 2016 on April 21.

Source: DUST 514 forums

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