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Its past time CCP added the weapons lab and virtual trainers into New Eden for Dust mercenaries. Recently thousands of players purchased the skills necessary to utilize the weapons added by update 1.7 without ever testing out either the rail or combat rifle. Because Dust 514 requires such a large commitment to specialize into a skillset, the weapons lab that was mentioned long ago is essential. This isnt your normal fps experience where you can create loadouts on a whim and be an engineer, assault or sniper. In Dust you have to spend large amounts of time grinding for sp to obtain the points necessary to purchase the new skills that allow you to specialize. We dont have the option to try out the prototype combat rifle in a test setting and see if it fits our playstyle, and lets be honest, we should. Imagine adding all the necessary skills for the Caldari rail rifle only to discover it doesn’t fit your Close Quarters Combat play-style.

Dust 514 should kill two birds with one stone and not only add the weapons lab as quickly as possible but also the virtual trainers that were hinted at over a year ago. Not only would this give serious corps the opportunity to work on tactics and maneuvers, but would also allow players to test weapons and dropsuits in a true combat setting. While no assets or ISK would be lost in a virtual setting, no SP would be gained either. The value of the ‘trainer’ would be in the experience itself and skill gained in a practice setting. BF4 has a great test range setup with shooting ranges and the ability to test vehicles but the single player experience lowers its worth tremendously. CCP should use the same format but allow corps to single or team deploy into the trainer and even compete in configurable wargames or open world practice with options like friendly fire, view game and small, medium and large sized maps. A bevy of options is key here, as the more there are the easier it will be for corps to customize it to their liking.

In addition, give players the ability to choose any item in the marketplace in the weapons lab & trainer so that mercs can become familiar with the items that may or may not fit their playstyle before wasting millions of SP on things they will never use. Dust’s persistent & consequential nature is appealing to the players who enjoy its hardcore roots but wasting precious SP can be frustrating for even the most die hard player.

As always, we’ll continue to attempt to help promote and publish ideas that help establish, enhance and grow the Dust 514 community as much as we can. Have any ideas that need sharing? Would you like to join our staff as a writer? Be sure to contact us at [email protected]

- MagWW

  • master hyde

    people still play this game?

    • Unknown

      People still make useless comments about this game?

      • Liam Inkuras

        People still defend this game?

        • Jacob Young

          People still ask rhetorical questions to rhetorical questions?

    • Ming Tso

      Hey remember when you were still the military director of TRIBE?

      • with your mum

        Wtf is tribe? Some no name scrub alliance?

    • Billbo

      im begining to think the “3,000” or so active Bust players are actully CCP alts….because this cancer of an fps is an insult to all fps gamers.

  • Billbo

    TLDR, Kill Dust, WoD already ffs, Save money and resoures for you flagship game. Make multi-threading happen in eve because at the end of the day who wants to play a “jon snow” verison of an fps.

    • Ygritte

      You know nothing!

  • Bobby Jihad

    This fucking turd still won’t flush???? This is like trying to resurrect the titanic

  • Cloora

    All you DUST haters don’t realize that the thousands of DUST players are funding this game with AUR purchases. My DUST character is in SVER True Blood (one of the larger corps in DUST) and many of my corp mates buy AUR to try out stuff all the time.

    I would bet heavily that DUST is self funded and no EVE dollars have to go toward it.

    Also, I am having an absolute BLAST playing DUST and am actually influencing FW.

    This game isn’t going to die anytime soon and it will only get more and more important in the EVE universe and eventually all you DUST haters are going to have to acknowledge what I have stated here.

    • Billbo

      “All you DUST haters don’t realize that the thousands of DUST players are funding this game with AUR purchases”

      CCP Scammers BEST Scammers since ’03

      • Cloora

        Oh I’m sorry for actually paying money for people’s work that i enjoy. Next time i should just feel entitled to free games that are awesome.

        I buy Passive and Active SP boosters and I think they are worth it.

        • Billbo

          I am sorry but Dust is an Abomination and a cancer to EVE…It’s needs to be headshot

  • Chris

    Whats the problem with DUST? Do you people forget CCP is first and foremost a business? Its not a good business strategy to put all of your money towards one product in the long term.

    Sure it may be a shit game. However, I’m willing to bet eve was pretty shit when it was first starting too.

    • Billbo

      EVE had depth even in Beta, Dust lacks that. it doesn’t even feel like your playing an MMO

      • Chris

        Wasn’t referring so much to depth. But its an FPS, there isn’t much depth to be had.

      • TheEllessdee

        Unless they shift over to something similar to PS2 Dust won’t ever feel like a MMO.

  • R4

    Start by making the game 1080p.. graphics are so shit, I dont know how people even play this.