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Video Game Maker CCP Links PC and Console Gamers
- Updated: April 19, 2012
The video-game industry isn’t particularly inclusive. The multiverse of gaming platforms is actually a series of partitioned galaxies: I have a Wii, you have a PlayStation 3, she has an Xbox 360, he has a PC. Even if a game is released for multiple systems, proprietary server arrangements prevent Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 players on Xbox Live from matching up against users of the same game on the PlayStation Network. We’re all gaming online, but we’re not all doing it together.
CCP–the Reykjavik, Iceland-based makers of popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Eve Online, which is played on computers–wants to move past the days of gamer segregation. This summer, CCP will release Dust 514, an expansion of Eve created for PlayStation 3 users. When that happens, it will mark the first time users of two different platforms can play cooperatively.
The reason the development has taken so long is in large part due to controls. MMORPGs are played using a PC keyboard and mouse, with commands assigned to most of the available keys. Such functionality isn’t possible with a console controller’s limited number of buttons. To bridge that divide, CCP created Dust, a console-specific game that is able to communicate with Eve.
The result is two different styles of games that exist within the same world. Eve plays out deliberately in space, with intergalactic ships as its characters and an elaborate system of planets ripe for players to colonize. Dust, meanwhile, is a quick-twitch first-person shooter. Players battle in teams on the surface of those planets…