DUST 514 Gives PS3 Owners An Exciting New Way To Pay For Beta Access

The first beta event for CCP's free-to-play EVE Online tie-in for the PlayStation 3 kicks off this weekend. Players can enter for a chance to play in the beta event at the game's official website, or they can just drop $US20 in the PlayStation Store.

Today (tomorrow in Europe) CCP launches the Mercenary Pack, a set of $US20 downloadable content for the upcoming online first-person-shooter that gives potential players, among other things, an all-access pass to official beta events, plus additional play time on off-beta weekends.

Here's what you get for $US19.99:

  • 4000 Aurum ($US20 value) - the in-game currency for DUST 514 that you can buy in the PS Store
  • 30-dat Active Skill Booster - increases earned Skill Points (SP) by 50%
  • 'Dragonfly' Scout Dropsuit - a uniquely designed armour with unlimited use
  • 'Toxin" ICD-9 Submachine Gun with unlimited use and a custom skin
  • HK4M Shotgun X 50
  • Hacked Drop Uplink x 50 - allows players to create on-the-spot spawn points for their teammates
  • Fused Locus Grenade x 50
  • 1.5dn Myofibril Stimulant x 50 - offers players a temporary melee damage boost against opponents
  • All Access Beta Pass - allows players to participate in every Beta Event, as well as additional play sessions during off weekends

Or, as I read it, blah, blah, blah, blah All Access Beta Pass.

As a potential player, I take offence at this blatant money grab. I shake my fist in defiance. Then I flatten out my fist and slowly reach for my wallet. Not too fast! I want to make them sweat a little. Maybe I pause, arch an eyebrow, and angle the hand towards my coffee cup instead. I'll get there eventually.


    Signed up for the beta. I don't think I'd ever pay to play a beta.

    Paying to help them test a game? Waitwut?

      I guess it's sign of another new content delivery system, the game is going to be free to play for anyone with a PS3, but obviously there will be micro transactions all over the shop.

      This really provides a early access VIP club like situation. Personally I wouldn't bite, but I'll certainly look at checking the game out when it is officially released.

    I had a good laugh when Valve sent me an email a week ago telling me I could buy a item pack to gain beta access to DOTA. I guess Sony/CCP got that email too and thought heyyyyyy...........

      Pretty sure it's forty or fifty dollars for dota 2, a f2p game when released. The new ghost recon is fifty dollars... I know where where my money went..

    Micro transactions are the future. People with more money than sense will always win.

    Next on the agenda : Pay-per bullet

      Already been done, Gunz was one of them, default basic weapons were free, buy better guns and their ammo

    So is the mercenary pack available on the Australian psn?

    I'm on the PSN right now trying to find this pack and I'm fairly sure it's not available to us in Aus.

    EDIT: Yeah signed in on my US account and there it is, front page.

    Pay 2 Win much?

    So when does Australia get this? Still can't access it on my PSN.

    Hi guys, I don't know if any of you are looking for a Dust 514 Corp to join, but Tritan Industries is recruiting and we are looking for AU/NZ players to boost that part of the community.
    Register at http://tritan-industries.enjin.com to become part of one of the most tactical, yet friendly Dust 514 communities out there!

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