Dust 514, a free-to-play PlayStation 3-exclusive shooter set in the Eve universe, is shutting down. Developer CCP Games has announced that, after three years of operation, the game's servers will be shut off May 30, 2016.
A previously planned update, 1.3, will not be released. Additionally, though you can continue to play Dust 514 until that date, CCP will no longer sell any extra items both in-game or through the PlayStation Store. However, players with a stockpile of currency, Aurum, can continue to spend it on items in Dust 514's in-game marketplace until the shutdown takes place in May.
"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," CCP said in a statement. "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."
In May 2014, CCP announced that Dust 514 was being reimagined for PC as Project Legion. Today, CCP provided an update on it, saying its team in Shanghi is making progress on the prototype.
"Their experience is being utilized to build a new game from scratch using Unreal Engine 4 while harnessing all our learnings from Dust 514," CCP said. "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.
"This new project is still in an early phase of production, and we feel like we're on the right track and plan to give an update at Eve Fanfest on April 21st as a part of the free live stream of the event. Since this new game will be different from Dust 514 (although keeping many of its great parts), we will provide tiered recognition rewards to our loyal Dust customers; details to be announced."
In addition to Project Legion and continued support for Eve Online, CCP is working on virtual reality games Eve: Valkyrie and Gunjack. The Iceland-based developer's vampire MMO World of Darkness was canceled in 2014.