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Gamers buy PS3 just to play DUST 514, says CCP Games

7 June 2013

PlayStation 3 has experienced a surge in sales from those wanting to give free-to-play shooter DUST 514 a spin, the game’s developer has claimed.

Speaking with Destructoid, CCP Games’ Thor Gunnarsson has described how ‘Dust-curious’ players are investing in Sony’s seven-year-old console with the sole purpose of playing the title.

“We already see that Dust 514, during open beta, had been driving hardware sales for Sony,” he said. “We actually track that together. We know that our fan base, Dust-curious players, are buying the PlayStation 3 to get into our game.”

DUST 514 is a long-term commitment for CCP, with the game expected to last for at least half a decade. As such, Gunnarsson isn’t concerned about the impending arrival of PlayStation 4.

“What we hear, anecdotally, is that PS3 sales are increasing. Sony have done a phenomenal job of managing console transitions, like they did with the PlayStation 2′s cost and size reductions,” he said.

“We can make the logical assumption that something similar will happen as the PlayStation 4 comes to market. If you look at the large third-party publishers, you’ll see that Sony is not falling away from the PlayStation 3. What about Grand Theft Auto V? It took Square Enix years to come to the PlayStation 3.”

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