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So much for Dust 514 not being pay to win...

#1PhoenixRushPosted 6/26/2012 12:27:02 PM(edited)
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2012/06/26/dust-514-mercenary-pack-out-today-on-psn-grants-beta-access-thursday/

Signing up for the beta and playing DUST 514 is completely free! But for those who want to try an assortment of the pay-for items, get guaranteed access to beta weekends, and score a discount we’ve created the Mercenary Pack. The Mercenary Pack offers a $50 value for a price of $19.99 and will be available later today on PlayStation Store.

The Mercenary Pack contains an all-access beta pass, which will guarantee entry into every beta event — starting this Thursday, June 28th and then repeating every other weekend. Not only that, but Mercenary Pack owners will get exclusive access to DUST 514 during off weekends in-between beta events as well.
The Mercenary Pack also contains a bundle of goods and items designed to help both rookies and veterans alike, including a customized ‘Dragonfly’ Scout dropsuit that has a unique stealthy look and lowered skill requirements for usage. This dropsuit is a good all-around infantry armor that is versatile in most combat situations and is only available with the Mercenary Pack.
Another useful item included the package is the 30-day Active Skill Booster, also only available in the Mercenary Pack, which will grant the user a 50% boost in skill points earned during in-game matches so you can quickly progress your character to be on par with veteran players.
But what good is a mercenary soldier without weapons to ply his chosen trade? To remedy that, we have also included a spread of armaments to add teeth to any mercenary about to start his career on the battlefields of New Eden.

For starters, there’s the ‘Toxin’ ICD-9 Submachine Gun, which is a multipurpose weapon good for close and medium range fire fights. And for those who like to fight up close, you’ll find the HK4M Shotgun, designed to sweep a room clear of enemy combatants. For those times when you absolutely, positively must blow a group of enemies to bits, there’s the Fused Locus Grenade. Finally, the 1.5dn Myofibril Stimulant module gives damage bonuses for knife attacks.
It is said that endless money funds the sinews of war, and throughout history this has remained so. In DUST 514 there are two types of currencies: ISK (which is earned in-game) and Aurum (which is purchased). To help fund your plans for planetary conquest, the Mercenary Pack also comes with 4,000 Aurum so that you can finance your military campaigns and furnish your band of warriors with modern war gear.
Good luck to all our future Mercenaries! May your victories be sweet, and the spoils of war be bountiful.


And this is for a BETA for God's sake... Ugh.
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#2iPr0kkaFTWPosted 6/26/2012 12:26:59 PM
The beta sucks anyway. Horrible looking graphics, lame gameplay and extreme lag. I wish Sony Online Entertainment brings Planetside 2 to PS3.
#3arstosPosted 6/26/2012 12:28:37 PM
welp, sounds like i'll be skipping this game after all.
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#4king_maddenPosted 6/26/2012 12:29:37 PM
whaatt people who pay them money will have an advantage?

get the heck outta here,
#5KabtheMentatPosted 6/26/2012 12:30:31 PM
Yeah it's pretty lol that they want people to pay to play a beta.
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#6PolishCockatielPosted 6/26/2012 12:31:31 PM
arstos posted...
welp, sounds like i'll be skipping this game after all.


Why? Its free.
#7king_maddenPosted 6/26/2012 12:32:38 PM
the Beta is free to sign up and play as it says. you are just paying for guaranteed access, and being able to use items that you would have to pay for in the game.
#8mogar002Posted 6/26/2012 12:34:10 PM
Battlefield Heroes all over again.
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#9FiendingHardPosted 6/26/2012 12:37:40 PM
I don't see what the problem is here, the developers need to offer players incentives to make money.

At least its not like Diablo 3 where you paid $60 for a copy but the game is still pay to win. How the **** am I supposed to farm Act 3-4 gear to beat Act 1-2 on Inferno, oh yeah by being forced to use the Auction House.
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#10PhoenixRush(Topic Creator)Posted 6/26/2012 12:38:10 PM
king_madden posted...
whaatt people who pay them money will have an advantage?

get the heck outta here,


http://www.dust514.org/home/item/dust-514-faq-getting-to-know-the-basics

WHAT ABOUT MONEY?

DUST 514 marks a first for consoles as a AAA free to play MMOFPS. Players can download the game from the Sony Entertainment Network on PlayStation 3 and play DUST 514 completely free of charge. Players earn ISK by winning battles doing missions and much more. ISK is spent on the in-game Market, which contains, for example, weapons, vehicles, equipment, and infrastructure. For players looking to further customize their experience, there is the option to buy Aurum (AUR) from the PlayStation Store, which is used to fund microtransaction purchases, such as, personalizing their look, time savers and side grades. That said, DUST 514 is not a pay-to-win game. Items purchased through microtransactions will not result in an unfair advantage over players who only spend ISK earned through time playing.


Notice they left out the fact you can buy weapons and huge XP boosts. <_< This is why it's a big deal, they're flat out lying about it.
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