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EVE Online Spin-off Dust 514 Converts 'Cover Charge' To In-Game Cash

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Posted July 11, 2011 - By Adam Rosenberg


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Dust 514 Releasing Spring 2012; Closed Beta Coming This Year

CCP Games announced Dust 514 at Sony's E3 press conference last month, a sci-fi first-person shooter set within and having a direct impact on the EVE Online universe. Company CEO Hilmar Veigar Petursson has confirmed that while the game won't be free-to-play, the "cover charge" cost of entry will be converted into in-game cash for the player to use.

"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'," Petursson revealed in an interview with gamesindustry.biz.
 
"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."
 
It's a bold idea, using the game's cost of entry as a way to introduce players to how its microtransactions will work. The details of Dust 514's online store haven't been revealed yet, so it's tough to say if your money will be spent on vanity items like skins and outfits or something more play-oriented. It's safe to say though that players will be much freer about dropping some dollars in the game's store if they're already walking in with a balance to draw from.
 
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