PS3 exclusive persistent shooter Dust 514 will require an initial cover charge at launch, which will then be refunded to players as in-game credits. Developer CCP have detailed that it's part of a plan to help manage the launch of the game.
"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'," CCP's CEO Hilmar Veigar PÃ©tursson told 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.
"We have always been a big believer in growing up a social network behind the game in a slow and predictable way. Because we have seen that if you don't do that you can end up with a very unstructured experience, where there's no cohesion to the community. By growing it at the beginning we help to make a healthy environment initially."
Dust 514 may be a shooter on the PS3, but the actions performed in it will have consequences that'll reflect in EVE Online on the PC as well. CCP also mentioned that working on one console allowed for "more innovation."
"The console platforms are very difficult, especially when it comes to how they organise the backend. They take very different approaches. To be able to work within both limits a lot of innovation we can do," said PÃ©tursson.
"By going exclusive with either platform allows us to do more innovation. The lowest common denominators would have been so small we couldn't do things that are really interesting. Sony was quite motivated in allowing us to do things we requested of them to the point they said 'no one has really asked about that before and we've never thought about, but why not?' They were very enthusiastic and open to really do something world changing and that's what swayed the decision to go with them."
Dust 514 is scheduled for deployment next year exclusively on the PS3.