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This DUST 514 character would take you seven years to build

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A very long engagement

The DUST 514 war room
The DUST 514 war room

Completing a character in DUST 514 would take seven years.

CCP's chief marketing officer David Reid says that fully-upgrading a soldier in DUST 514 would require roughly seven years of play time. We're talking human years, not some bizarre in-game version of time.

We asked Reid to take us through the dense character customization sheet. It was overwhelming. This was my immediate impression: decking out a character with the occasional for-pay boost will be all the more tempting when I consider the free-to-play alternative: one hundred percenting the game in 2019. Of course, not every character must be some sort of monstrous superman hellbent on razing the universe one battlefield at a time.