If you’ve gotten excited about the Eve Online spin-off, Dust 514, for the PlayStation 3, be warned: There’s a cover charge to get in. No word on if there’s a dress code too.
In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, the CEO of CCP games said, “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.”
The plan is to wait and see where the game stands financially in the future and, if possible, CCP will make the game completely free to play. The current entry fee is just to, “manage the initial launch,” as Pétursson puts it.
While it looks like early adopters will, once again, be screwed because of their enthusiasm for a fledgling title, I think there’s some potential for good here. After all, we get a stronger launch, as well as less player incentive to grind achievements for scraps of virtual currency.
I appreciate your economy, Lord of the Rings Online, I really do, it’s just I don’t want to feel obligated to do that level 1 attack 1000 times so I can finally buy a horse. Although, in the world of MMOs, I understand this is a personal problem.