Dust 514's great migration begins Thursday

Dust 514 servers will be making the migration to EVE Online servers this Thursday, starting the process of finally integrating the two games into one whole universe.

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Dust 514 and EVE Online are taking a major step into a cross-platform universe this week, as the Dust beta servers will migrate into EVE's. This Thursday, EVE players will start noticing Dust mercenaries occupying the Tranquility server, finally bringing the two games together as intended.

An EVE blog post describes the impending singularity. EVE corporations can accept Dust mercenaries, and similarly corporations started by Dust mercenaries can start hiring on EVE pilots. The two can voice chat and add mail boxes, just like one big happy family. The groups can't exchange ISK yet, as CCP is taking the transition slowly to make sure it doesn't wreck either game's economy.

This will also kick off cross-platform faction warfare. Dust mercs can fight in corporation battles for NPC factions, and likewise EVE players can hire them to fight their battles and take back districts. The EVE players can even call in a Tactical Strike, the first of the new Orbital Bombardment escapades, to create some havoc on the battlefield in conjunction with the mercenary battle plans.

The bad news for Dust players is that this will mean character skills and corporations will be reset again. CCP has produced a FAQ to ease the transition for players, but it does note that this will (hopefully) be the last skill point reset.

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    January 8, 2013 5:00 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Dust 514's great migration begins Thursday.

    Dust 514 servers will be making the migration to EVE Online servers this Thursday, starting the process of finally integrating the two games into one whole universe.

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      January 8, 2013 5:00 PM

      dust 514 is already out?

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        January 8, 2013 5:06 PM

        It has been in a closed beta for a couple of months

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      January 8, 2013 5:10 PM

      WHY IS THIS NOT ON PC!!!!!!

      Does Sony have something to do with this?

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        January 8, 2013 9:32 PM

        Yeah, money hats.

        I think it will be exclusive for a year until the next CoD game hits then a PC version will come out.

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        January 9, 2013 12:40 AM

        CCP never said it won't be on PC's at some point.

        They wanted it to be on the XBox but Microsoft wouldn't allow it (they won't allow patches without first vetting them, a process that can last several months, and they don't allow interaction with servers other than their own), so PS3 'exclusivity' was a given: CCP wanted to reach out to a new audience first, bringing them an 'exclusive' experience and giving them more of a connection to EVE when Dust finally does come to the PC, as they can say 'we were here first'.

        I'm strongly suspecting Dust to be released for PC some time before 2015.

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          January 9, 2013 4:08 AM

          They'd be stupid not to, unless Sony bought some kind of unlimited exclusivity which I highly doubt they did. My money is on the PC version coming about a year after the console version, depending on sales.

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      January 9, 2013 5:40 AM

      Seems like the biggest benefit is for the DUST players themselves who happen to have ships and air strike munitions available. Is there any other benefit on the EVE side aside from having more folks to socialize with and possibly another source for making ISK?

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        January 9, 2013 6:30 AM

        "aside from having more folks to socialize with and possibly another source for making ISK?"
        You mean there's ANOTHER reason??

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          January 9, 2013 6:38 AM

          Well, that's what I was asking. Not that it's bad to only have those two features.

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      January 9, 2013 7:48 AM

      one step closer to using my titan to nuke console players

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      January 9, 2013 8:34 AM

      No I won't. You can't make me.

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