Joystiq caught up with CCP
, and the Icelandic dev house responsible for EVE Online
and its first-person shooter spin-off called DUST 514
dropped a few hints as to how the microtransaction business model will function in the latter game.
, which is launching exclusively on the Playstation 3 in 2012, will carry an initial $20 digital download fee, after which the user will receive access to the game as well as approximately $20 worth of virtual currency. "You're basically getting that bundle of cash that you're using to start the game, and from there if you choose to play for free and just grind, you're welcome to do that," a CCP rep said.
CCP also said it expects many gamers to avoid DUST'S
shooter gameplay altogether and focus on playing the market, as many capsuleers do in EVE Online
. Head to Joystiq for the full report.