So, if Gamasutra is to be believed, this “Dust 514” thing is a new CCP (of EVE Online fame) project that introduces a “dirtside” aspect to the EVE universe, specifically for console gamers. It’s supposed to be a part of EVE, inasmuch as the “EVE proper” players and the Dust 514 players will have effects on each other, fighting on different fronts in the same war.
That’s a different notion of MMO console/PC cross pollination than I’ve seen so far (including the Champions Online proposed console version, not unlike FFXI’s PS2 version). If anything, it reminds me a bit of Savage, where you could be a “general” commanding troops in typical RTS form, or a “foot soldier” on the ground, executing the orders firsthand.
I like it. It’s an interesting idea that lets the devs tailor the gameplay to the hardware and the player base. PCs and consoles do have significant differences between them, and it’s smart to play to the strengths of each. I’m not sure if the different sets of players will play nice, or if the intersection will be significant enough to offer some fun interactions. Still, this looks like a pretty cool idea.