The upcoming MMOFPS DUST 514 is exclusive to the PlayStation 3. But why?
CCP Games chief marketing officer David Reid addressed that question in a recent Digital Spy interview ; it seems the "technical implications" concerning its connectivity with the existing EVE Online could only be satisfied by Sony's platform. Said Reid:
"Think about the impact of virtual goods policies. People at CCP and Sony have sat in rooms to work this out. It's not been this 'Here's this virtual goods policy. You must adhere to it or else you can't be on our platform.'
Sony has been a terrific partner in enabling us to have that discussion with them, and trying to be innovative and flexible and finding ways that it can work for CCP, it can work for Dust players, and it can work for the Sony ecosystem. Not easy to do, especially when you're talking about division in America, Europe and Japan.
It takes a partner who is willing to go the extra mile, and Sony has been terrific on that front."
One specific example Reid used was the cross-game chat between DUST 514 and EVE Online ; he said it just wouldn't have been possible on the Xbox platform. He said it was important that people be able to converse and not just "text each other," and they had the difficult issue of "enabling thousands of EVE players to chat with millions of PlayStation users." They worked closely with Sony to find a solution and Reid says it's not something they would've discovered on Microsoft's console.
So if you're a 360 owner and you're wondering why you're not getting DUST 514 , well, this is part of the reason.
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