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Hotfix Delta is now live

Dear players,

CCP Rattati here again. We are very pleased to announce that Hotfix Delta has been deployed to DUST 514. Hotfix Delta contains even more changes than the other Hotfixes. It contains many targeted tweaks, but also a full rebalancing of Sniper Rifles and Sidearms. The Council of Planetary Management (CPM) has been very involved and helpful in gathering views from the Community and giving their direct feedback into the process.

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New DUST 514 Wallpaper

We have just released a new DUST 514 wallpaper featuring armored assault made right here at CCP Shanghai. Head over here to download and view various sizes.

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The Million Clone Challenge Battle Report

The DUST 514 Million Clone Challenge event (19-22 September) was a great community effort and a total success!

The players first reached 1,000,000 public-contract kills by 14:15 UTC on Saturday, which qualified everyone for the stretch goal and bonus skill points. The whole development team watched the kill-graph climb even higher with each passing hour.

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Developer Spotlight: Haoliang Yang - CCP Patriot

We made it! After multiple times trying to book a meeting with CCP Patriot – Haoliang Yang – we managed to steal him for a few minutes and ask him a few things so that you, the players, can meet him and find out what he is in charge of around here. He’s been with us since 2010 and is now working as an Art Manager on your favorite first person shooter. So without any further ado, we present you: Haoliang Yang.

What is your official job title with CCP?

My job title is DUST 514 Art Manager.

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The Million Clone Challenge Returns

From September 19 11:00 UTC to September 22 11:00 UTC the Million Clone Challenge makes its return. Got a skill you’ve been saving up skill points to train? Make sure you play during the event period to be eligible for the potential  1 million or more bonus skill points to be claimed. We’re also bringing back the Sever BPO Dropsuit set, chosen by your votes.

In addition, we’re bringing back the Omega boosters for anyone that needs that extra boost to their skill points. Lastly the Armored Assault pack is heading back to the garage soon, and is currently 50% off. Make sure you grab some before it’s gone!

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From the Collector’s Cache - Vintage Dropsuit BPOs

Many of our players have been asking us to bring back some of the most memorable, non-consumable (BPO) vanity items to the market in order to expand their ever-growing collection of unique looking suits.

Now it is the opportunity to do so! Below you will find the list of BPO dropsuit sets - all it takes is to simply “Like” individual posts before 10th of September 11:00 UTC and the most liked set might make its way back to the game for a limited time.

Note that you will be able to purchase each vanity dropsuit individually from the winning set.

So what are you waiting for? Give your favorite BPO a like!

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Accelerated SP Week Starts 27 August

Earn extra Skill Points from 27 August to 3 September! The event will start at 11:30am GMT on 27 August  and end at 11:00am GMT on 3 September, during which time players will receive 5 times the normal SP from War Points earned during a match.

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Developer Spotlight: CCP Potato - Lesen Li

The role of Flash Artist is one that many gamers are entirely unaware of. As a player of DUST, however, you are probably already familiar with some of CCP Potato’s work, and that is why we decided to point our spotlight on him this month – meet Lesen Li, our Flash Artist working on DUST 514 and Project Legion.

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Hotfix Charlie Deploys on Wednesday 13 August

Hotfix Charlie goes live on Wednesday 13 August, and it’s bringing some great revamps across the board. From Assault Dropsuit buffs and Sentinel tweaks to changes to HMGs, Nova Knives, Swarm Launchers, Turrets and more, this update sees big changes on the way for infantry everywhere.

Anyone that participates in Faction Warfare is going to find their loyalty handsomely rewarded as we are tripling the LP payout from all matches. These and many more changes are coming this week, so we recommend you read the dev blog by CCP Rattati and the Hotfix notes, available on the forums, for the full lowdown.

As a reminder, no skill point refund will take place with this hotfix. Please do not file a support ticket asking for one, as it will be denied by Customer Support.

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Destructive Data Mining: The Expert Challenge Results

So with the last weekend having drawn to a close on the 21st and a large amount of data crunching, we now have the winners of The Expert Challenge.

  • Scrambler Rifle: Darth-Carbonite GIO – 5854 kills
  • Shotgun: Espeon Bons – 4061 kills
  • Rail Rifle: God Hates Lags – 5104 kills
  • Assault Rifle: Kalante Schiffer – 5712 kills
  • Combat Rifle: Alex-ZX – 5782 kills
  • Forge Gun: Alldin Kan – 1751 kills
  • Heavy Machine Gun: Alex-ZX – 6395 kills
  • Laser Rifle: Viktor Hadah Jr – 3391 kills
  • Mass Driver: Joeboa – 2263 kills
  • Plasma Cannon: aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaa – 2273 kills
  • Sniper Rifle: Symbioticforks – 3357 kills
  • Swarm Launcher: Nitrobeacon – 124 kills

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone that participated. Winners will be sent an email to the address registered on the account the character resides on with further instructions for naming their weapon. We would also like to give honorable mentions to the following players that came in second place in each category.

  • Scrambler Rifle: 1st Lieutenant Tiberius – 5766 kills
  • Shotgun: TTW3x – 3736 kills
  • Rail Rifle: nanaki tk – 4308 kills
  • Assault Rifle: Luis rules 1st – 2964 kills
  • Combat Rifle: Soren Kazaren – 5604 kills
  • Forge Gun: Argetlam Thorson – 1399 kills
  • Heavy Machine Gun: God Hates Lags – 5081 kills
  • Laser Rifle: Levithunder – 3073 kills
  • Mass Driver: Alldin Kan – 2024 kills
  • Plasma Cannon: Grand Master Kubo – 1936 kills
  • Sniper Rifle: Nitrobeacon – 2384 kills
  • Swarm Launcher: noijr – 117 kills

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The CPM and you: CPM1 Election Results

After a two-week voting period, the CPM election results are now in. A total of 937 votes were cast to determine the new council, and we extend a thank you to everyone that participated in the process either by voting or by standing as a candidate.

The new council is:

  • Cross Atu
  • Kevall Longstride
  • Zatara Rought
  • SirManBoy
  • Soraya Xel
  • Judge Rhadamanthus
  • Iron Wolf Saber

Congratulations to the successful candidates, who will officially take office from Monday 28 July -  we look forward to working both with you and the community in the future.

Anyone interested in reviewing the votes cast can find the complete list and the code used to tally the votes here.

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Developer Spotlight: CCP Garlakadl - Kjartan Ársælsson

Today we are sitting down with CCP Garlakadl – Development Director here in CCP Shanghai, who has been with us since 2010. Enjoy!

What is your official job title with CCP?

My official job title with CCP is Development Director, although I prefer to be called Lord Commander.

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