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DCUO Development Update - January 2023



Happy New Year! Please read on for your January 2023 Development Update to learn more about what the team has been up to and what's next for DC Universe Online.

What follows are our plans laid out as transparently as possible based what we know or expect to be true - as of right now.

Plans can always change



If you do not read this whole update, here's what you need to know:

  • Episode 45 is Shock to the System.
  • Emotes are coming.

Let's catch up on what we have been working on.



2022 has come and gone. It has been a minute, but if you can stretch your memories back to this fall, we saw the launch of the new Homecoming seasonal event with Starfire and Blackfire, The Witching Hour in October, and of course Season's Greedings just wrapped up this December. 

We got new rewards from Doctor Fate each month, Batman himself and Black Adam as allies, and several new bundles. We celebrated Extra Life as we closed out the year, and launched new storylines in Episode 44: The Sins of Black Adam

In game updates, we launched an updated allies interface, a new scorecard feats interface (so you can quickly see what feats are relevant for you while inside content), and a new custom play interface. And then revised each. And then revised them again. We don't say it enough, so: thank you for your feedback and help getting these systems where we want them to be.



We will kick off 2023 with the annual Attack of the Anti-Monitor anniversary event, and we will follow with new rewards in both the Love Conquers All (in February) and Mister Mxyzptlk's Mischief (in March) seasonal events.

In case you missed it, the Shazam ally just released last week, and we have at least one more ally on the way in this quarter. We expect to have a new artifact, new time capsule, new Doctor Fate's Daily Rewards each month, and a new episode, too. 


Episode 45: Shock to the System

Dakota City’s just built different. The Big Bang attack that created new heroes, villains, and victims has drawn sinister, otherworldly attention. Ebon’s powers cast a long shadow, but it’s the Apokoliptian Parademons that has Static shocked enough to contact you. Why are people disappearing, why has Apokolips turned its attention to Dakota City, and will you be able to take on such a shadowy threat?

In SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM, players will travel to the heart of the Milestone universe in Dakota City to offer help and to investigate why these heroes and villains are disappearing.


  • SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM will offer normal and elite versions of On Duty content, along with level-agnostic event versions available for a limited time.
  • The content will include open world missions and world bosses, with a duo, alert, and raid.
  • The episode will feature DC and Milestone characters including Static, Ebon, Rocket, DeSaad, and more.
  • The storyline will include adventures centered around the new Dakota City and written by acclaimed comic book writer Leon Chills. 
  • The episode will launch new player rewards, including gear, styles, and more.

EPISODE 45: SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM will launch in spring 2023 on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.



The bulk of the next few months will be focused on Episode 45 and then the early stages of Episode 46.

We are also very excited to announce we will work on a new emotes system. With this feature, you be able to collect new emotes and animations to better express yourself throughout the game. We will have more to share on this feature in the coming months. 

Of course, work will also continue on our next gen console releases for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, due later this year.



Looking to the rest of the year, we expect to launch Episode 46 in the summer and Episode 47 in the fall, along with new allies and artifacts. One of these episodes is likely to be pretty dark while the other is expected to be very not. We expect to return to Save the Universe and the rest of the seasonal events as well and, yes, release on those next gen consoles.

More on the future as we live it.



If paragraphs are not your thing, maybe calendars are!



Thank you for reading! Please join the discussion on the official forums with any questions and let us know what you want to see in 2023. 


Ted "Mepps" Stone
Senior Community Manager
DC Universe Online



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