By Ted "Mepps" Stone
What’s next in DCUO!
In the last few months, DC Universe Online has seen the launch of its 8th DLC Pack, Sons of Trigon, a complete remaster of the core leveling game and visual upgrade in Game Update 31, and a next-gen console launch on the PlayStation®4. With the launch behind us, we are now looking toward the future, and here’s what you can expect next. We are currently working on War of the Light Part I, our 9th DLC Pack, and expect it to release in early 2014. Between now and then we have Game Updates planned with a huge list of often requested and exciting new features. Take a look:
Winter Seasonal Event
We will kick off December with the return of the Season’s Greedings winter seasonal event, appropriately Lantern themed as we approach War of the Light Part 1. This year, there will be new rewards, including new base items, styles, and collection. The event will begin in early December and run through the holidays.
Nature and Sorcery Power Revamps
Next, we’ll continue with power revamps to the final two launch powers, Nature and Sorcery. In revamping these powers, we have taken a broad look at how each was performing and at your feedback in the official forum threads. These two revamps will focus on gameplay changes rather than changes to visuals. These updates will be on the PC Test server as soon as possible for continued player feedback and refinement.
PvP Season 2
The next PvP season is coming in Game Update 32 or 33, and it’s coming with a whole new gear set per faction. Based on feedback from our first season, season 2 and PvP will work in a variety of different ways. We will introduce a new top set of gear with new styles and higher Combat Ratings for players to earn, which will be the best PvP gear in the game. All previous gear sets will cycle down one level, so that last season’s best gear is the second best gear this season, and each will receive new, variant styles to collect. Additionally, we are fundamentally changing the way PvP marks are earned by removing lockouts from PvP. We invite you to PvP at your own rate – even all day long, if you want to – and without limitations on rewards.
Armories are coming in December or early January and will be one of the biggest features to enter DCUO. They will bring unprecedented flexibility, convenience, and strategy to how you build and play your characters. Armories will allow you to save and recall different setups for your characters – even on the fly, even in combat. Each Armory will save a set of gear, a set of styles, your skill point selections, your power point selections, and your power loadouts, making switching back and forth between different setups immensely more convenient and opening up a new level of strategy to the game. Also, Armories are a base item, placed in your Bases and visually representing the set of equipment stored inside. The best part? All players get their first Armory free.
DLC 9 – War of the Light Part I
Finally, War of the Light Part I is due on the PC Test server in January for a release in early 2014. The work necessary to launch Game Update 31 and the PlayStation 4, combined with the holiday timing and our partners’ schedules, means launching early next year makes the most sense. We’re not quite ready to reveal further details about this red hot DLC Pack, but we will be ready soon. Stay in touch with us on the official forums, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube so you don’t miss any reveals!