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DC Universe Online

3 years ago

Feature: Revisiting DC Universe Online

The RPG Scrollbars: Breaking The Superhero Curse

In this era of a hundred comic book movies a year plus spin-off shows, it's getting harder and harder to remember that not so long ago trying to take a superhero off the printed page and onto some kind of screen was basically a recipe for failure, mockery, and a way of flying a promising creative career into a great big rock. Hell, even now…

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Feature: What MOBAs get right about character.

The RPG Scrollbars: Rise Of The MOBA Heroes

Hello there. This week, I'm writing not just as an RPG columnist, but as president of the newly formed League Of Folks Who Don't Really Play MOBAs But Are Bizarrely Hooked On All The Trappings. As far as I can tell, our membership is roughly a billion people and counting. That's what happens when the likes of Blizzard and Riot spend literally tens of dollars…

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7 years ago

When Amazons Attack: DCUO Expansion

The third major expansion for DC Universe Online is due to launch on March 13th, adding Earth-based powers as a ninth set of abilities. With powers such as construct creation and quaking of the earth, this lot are most suitable for players in damage and tank roles. The expansion goes by the name The Battle For Earth and a new raid takes the spandex society…

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Oceans Apart: Planetside 2 Region Locked?

This is big news for all SOE games, actually, including EverQuest II, DC Universe Online, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, and Free Realms. PCG points out that SOE are signing a European publishing deal with Germany company ProSiebenStat. According to SOE's proposals this could mean that SOE customers will no longer be able to play on both American and EU servers, and in fact existing…

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KAPOW! DC Universe Revenue Up 700%

Just in case there were any doubt left that the owners of Lego Universe were completely bonkers to just close down their subscription game without trying a free-to-play model, DC Universe is reporting a slight increase in revenue since they made the switch. The small matter of an extra 700% per day. Eurogamer spotted that the very enthusiastic Sony Online Entertainment president, John Smedley, tweeted…

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DC Universe Online Free As A Bird/Plane

As promised back in September, DC Universe Online is now free to play. While the combat isn't quite as smooth as Mr Wayne's moves in his Arkham adventures, it's a lot more punchy than what passes for fisticuffs in most massively multiplayer efforts. Playing for free only provides two character slots and there are limits on inventory size among other things, including an inability to…

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DC Universe Online Going Free To Play

According to IGN, DC Universe Online is dropping subscription charges next month. The article quotes SOE executive producer Lorin Jameson as saying, “this was our preferred business model from day one”. Well, it’s taken seven months to implement that day one plan but it’s finally here. It does make sense. While SOE are claiming that a drop in subscriptions is not behind this move, anyone…

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Rings Around The World: DCUO DLC

This week, DC began rebuilding their entire fictional universe from the ground up. Every title in the range has rebooted to issue number one, severing the future from decades of convoluted and conflicting continuity. I give them twelve months before this ‘new’ universe has split into fifteen multiverses filled with amnesiac clones of every major character whose only differentiating feature will be inverted costume colours…

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8 years ago

DC Universe Gets Microtransaction Shop

Are all the MMORPGs in the world swapping to microtransactions and freemium payment models? The writing is on the wall, and the writing says "Give us your money! Give us your money in smaller increments, and with less constancy!" Which is a crazy thing to see written on any wall. Anyway, Massively report that Sony have just unlocked DC Universe's in-game marketplace. Players now have…

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Ever-Questin’: Sony’s MMOs Return

Sony had some sort of little problem recently, I hear. Why, someone even claimed that, following a serious security compromise, all of their PlayStation online services had been offline for about six weeks, but they've got to have been jerking my chain. There's no way a major technology firm could allow that to happen, surely. I mean, that would simply be absurd. Absurd. Things are…

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DC Universe Reveals First Chunk Of Content

We asked Richard Cobbett Wot He Thought of DC Universe Online yesterday, and his conclusion was (spoiler!) that while he enjoyed himself he wouldn't be subscribing for a second month. I doubt the following will be enough to change his mind, but IGN has revealed the first boistrous mess of content coming to the game in February. There's one of those fancy pre-rendered trailers, too.…

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DCUO Is SOE’s “Fastest Selling Game Ever”

Ever! That's according to the reliably twittery John Smedley. I am not sure what that actually says about the game, or SOE games generally, but it sounds positive. And... yes, we haven't really taken a decent look at it yet, but I've heard some positive reports. We should get one of these layabouts on the job, eh? What about you lot? Anyone playing? Any thoughts?…

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Tight(s): DC Universe Online Basically Out

I appreciate the enormous advert on our site says that DC Universe is out tomorrow, but that's in the UK. In America, it was released two days ago, and it won't be arriving in Australia for another week. Therefore I've checked our readership statistics and, using the globally accepted ratio that an American is worth 0.5 Europeans and an Australian is worth 1.15 Americans, determined…

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New Footage: DC Universe Is Fast, Grey

As newboy Quintin reported yesterday, with his plucky spirit and eager-to-impress enthusiasm (swearing), DC Universe has unheroically slipped into 2011 (the year in which robots take over the Earth). But that doesn't mean there can't be new trailers for it. Not that anyone was thinking it did. I mean, based on what logic would a couple of months of delay mean that it would stop…

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Lex, Looser: DC Universe Online Slips

Remember how you were planning your whole November around the release of DC Universe Online on November 2nd? Well, now you're FUCKED. The MMORPG has been delayed until "early 2011". On the plus side, anyone who pre-orders the game before November 15th in North America will still get beta access by November 30th. What reason could there be for a delay? I've come up with…

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DC Universe Intro Frame-By-Frame

While we didn't blog the release of the Blur Studios intro cinematic to DC Universe for some reason, this interview between DC's Jim Lee and Blur Studios' Tim Miller is just a fascinating analysis of craft. They go through the full intro, beat by beat, talking and debating the choices - what works, what they wished worked better and the thinking behind it all. If…

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