Free-to-play PS3 shooter Dust 514 will soon switch to a faster update schedule in a bid to improve the decidedly mediocre EVE Online tie-in.
"We listen to your feedback, as well as to feedback from the media," Dust 514 creative director Atli Mar writes in a new blog post. "As a result, we have decided to move into a faster, more iterative update cycle. We will be pushing out point releases (Update 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc.) on a near-monthly basis.
"This is unique in the console space, only possible because our friends at Sony work with us to evolve the submission processes to suit free-to-play massively multiplayer titles like Dust.
"Over the next few releases, you’ll see us polish the core gameplay systems (aiming and aim assist, controls, vehicle handling, movement on the battlefield) and improve on context and immersion (getting you into a battle, adding a welcome screen, and more). Planetary Conquest will also be getting a lot of love."
Update 1.2 will reportedly include a new Commando dropsuit, new rendering techniques and other improvements - more details here.
Carl desperately wanted to like CCP's first person shooter in our Dust 514 review, but found it sorely lacking. "The ambitious spin-off to Eve Online comes across as a unique yet flawed shooter for the PlayStation 3 that definitely needs more refinement over the coming months," he wrote. "Its demand of time and patience won’t be to everybody’s liking, its lack of social connection to Eve is disappointing, and the pressure to spend real money on microtransaction AUR is too high for newcomers, but those that can circumvent these issues could find a deep experience in this Free To Play console experience."
Fixing the sluggish aiming and counter-intuitive vehicle handling would be a good start.