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Dust 514 is free-to-play, but a top loadout costs $0.24

13 Jun 2012  by   John Robertson
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According to CCP vice-president Morgan Godat, a “very, very top end” loadout in PlayStation 3-exclusive free-to-play shooter Dust 514 will set you back $0.24.

However, the catch is that each time you die you lose the weapons and equipment you were using at the time.

“There’s a thing about Dust, which is every time you die, you lose your items, so we’re talking about relatively small amounts of money,” said Godat. “You can buy 100 copies of this gun, you can buy 100 copies of this suit of armour. We’ve got to make sure we’re pricing things at the right level, because if you die [you lose these things].

“We’re still tuning prices – the costs will change according to the feedback we get on the beta – but I believe when I calculated it last, at its most high-end – if you assume that somebody came in and had to buy, with real-world money, the best gear for a serious throw down – (they already had the skills, which by the way you have to build up and work up to be able to use the equipment) it was like a 24-cent thing,” said Godat.

“That’s assuming every piece of your equipment, including your dropsuit, was purchased with real-world money, and every time you died, it was a 24-cent cost to assemble your entire fit.”

“It’s a little hard to believe that that cost would be something that somebody was reoccurring on a regular basis.”

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  1. Anon Ymous

    No, a “top loadout” CAN cost that much. But you don’t HAVE to spend any real money on ANYTHING if you don’t want to. FFS, “That’s assuming every piece of your equipment, including your dropsuit, was purchased with real-world money, and every time you died, it was a 24-cent cost to assemble your entire fit.”

    You don’t HAVE TO SPEND REAL MONEY TO GET THE TOP GEAR. So your basically lying. Or purposely being misleading. The quotes there in your own article… Why have a headline stating the it WILL cost so much for the “top loadout”, when that’s blatantly not true.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm
  2. it’s PS3 exclusive so….kinda mutes a ton of potential players there.

    June 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm

  3. a beta tester

    I’m in the beta, I can tell you that this is a lie, the best assault rifle is indeed a pay to buy, but the assault rifle that I use which I don’t pay $ for but I pay ISK for is only 3 damage per second less. which is a freaking miniscule ammount when you have a minimum health of about 350 and a maximum of about 1200

    June 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    1. darkz

      nda bro

      June 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    2. Another tester

      Another tester here.

      The thing about AUR, (that’s the in game currency bought w/ real world money) equipment is that it is roughly equivalent in damage for weapons, and defense for suits, but they cost less to equip on your body. So you are also given the ability to equip more stuff like damage modifiers, extra defense, or better grenades to name a bit than the person who uses ISK, (strictly in game currency) equipment. And that’s where any real imbalances would come from.

      June 13, 2012 at 11:38 pm
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  5. Uzaho86

    You can also get the top load out for free! This article is so misleading. The main thing about this game is that you have to invest time into it inorder to get the skill points that you earn from games to level up your skills. So you cant buy your way to the top which is great because it makes it fair. Not only does this game take skill and team work but you need to earn your way as well.
    This game has got me so pumped and i’m only in the early beta!

    August 12, 2012 at 9:15 pm

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