CCP’s free-to-play PSN exclusive DUST 514 is already aiming to reinvent cross-platform compatibility with its hooks into PC MMO Eve Online, but it appears its list of innovative features will not end there.
Chatting on the latest episode of the PlayStation Blogcast, CCP’s David Reid teased that the game may take advantage of the Vita as an enhanced controller for the PS3 game.
Speaking about DUST 514’s control options, Reid said:
Once you get your hands on the Vita, you can imagine it as a controller for your DUST experience. Suddenly you can think about all the things you can do with that screen.
Our first steps will be cohort apps – the idea of taking a certain amount of the [game’s] admin on the go. But the opportunity is massive in terms of what could be on that screen while you’re playing DUST 514.
It’s certainly not the first we’ve heard of Wii U-esque implementation between PS3 and Sony’s new handheld. Back at the Tokyo Game Show last year, Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida showed a demo of LittleBigPlanet 2 using the Vita as a controller for the console game.
Based on CCP’s comments, it sounds as though the teased functionality will make its debut at this year’s E3. We’ve got a sneaking suspicion it won’t be the only game boasting the snazzy feature either, as Sony does its best to rain on Nintendo’s big Wii U coming out party. But does the idea of using the Vita as an enhanced (and expensive) PS3 controller excite you or leave you indifferent?