First DC Universe Online content update drops late Feb.

Free first add-on will add Catwoman missions, Valentine's day content to SOE's superhero MMORPG; game shortages easing, PS3 version more popular.

DC Universe Online hasn't even been out for a month yet, but Sony Online Entertainment has already announced plans for its first major content update. The publisher revealed today the superhero massively multiplayer online role-playing game will receive its first game update in late February and a bevy of new missions and items will be included.

The first of what DCUO game director Chris Cao said would be "monthly" updates will see the addition of an episode centered on Catwoman. Players will be able to chase the villainess across Gotham City's rooftops, as well as foil her heist of Egyptian artifacts from the Gotham Museum and engage in five boss battles. Catwoman will also be a playable character in the Legends player-versus-player mode, which lets users duke it out with one another as iconic characters. The pack will also include ancient Mayan armor for a player's wardrobe.

The next DCUO update will be packed with feline foes.

In addition to the Catwoman episode, the update will feature a seasonal update for Valentine's Day. The update will concern the aftermath of a battle between Wonder Woman and Circe, which has upset the goddess of love. As a result, fountains have popped up around the MMORPG's two cities--Gotham and Metropolis--which allow players to enter them and become cherubs. Once inside the cherub realm, players can engage in PVP battles to dunk the other team in fountains, as well as earn hearts by engaging in a variety of activities, including shooting civilians with love arrows. A boss battle with the goddess of love is also included.

Additional content included in the update includes a two-player fight against the villain Bane; a new PVP zone in Gotham; an eight-player raid zone added to the batcave; and a new broker functionality, which will let players swap gear with each other.

Speaking with GameSpot, Cao declined to comment on sales of DC Universe Online but said that the shortages of the game reported by SOE CEO John Smedley had been largely addressed. He said that the shortages had mainly been confined to the PlayStation 3 version of the game, which is proving more popular than the PC version by about 55 to 45 percent. PC players, however, tend to play the game longer.

Cao also said that for the moment, there are no plans to raise the level cap in the game, which currently stands at 30. However, he did say SOE was increasing the server cap on most servers, as well as adding new servers to accommodate increasing demand.

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So soe missed valentines day? I didn't see anything going on.

Devil_dante03
Devil_dante03

I have been playing this game for almost a month now..and ive already reached the level cap...and at first I didnt really think you could do much else after that point...but then I realized level 30 is when the game actually gets fun and more challenging. the game itself is alot deeper then what I thought at first. So hopefully....these new downloads will keep me interested...at least until The Old Republic comes out!! :D

irnmike
irnmike

I honestly think Champions online is a better overall game but I have only been playing DCUO for a week, to bad Marvel pulled out on them. Oh and the whole charge Australians an extra $5 a month will make me not sub.

acerpg007
acerpg007

@TheWarscent Yeah, I just checked on some of my friends that bought the PS3 version and was lagging as hell. Now some bought the PC version(sold the PS3 version) cause I told them the Combat was pretty much awesome for an MMO..

TheWarscent
TheWarscent

I love DC online BTW.It will get better people..most of the games issues are normal for games of this type and get resolved in updates.Im speaking to the PS3 players that arnt used to MMORPGs.The PC players already know this.

TheWarscent
TheWarscent

@Roland123_basic Becuase this isnt a very typical MMO in PC terms and lacking in very key areas.But Its also a refreshing change to people that like the fast paced real time fighting style over the norm system. Also,you cant go by what 90 percent of posters say in MMO forums.Most are constant complaints and almost all negative all the time,but still they remain loyal to the game.That often scares away possible new players that try to research the game a bit becuase they dont realize that most MMORG players are a grouchy bunch..Its a strange culture.

TheWarscent
TheWarscent

@acerpg007 This is the only PS3 game that lags for me also.And by lag i mean VERY badly almost unplayable at times,but i think it may be due to draw loadup from the PS3 HDD.The menues always have taken a l-o-n-g time to switch from one window to the next.Or if someone sends me an invite.Usually getting me killed if im in the middle of a fight or not in a safe place.Im currently using a fiber optic internet provider and am used to everything being lag free on my PS3,360,and PC so this is an anomoly for me.

jancotianno
jancotianno

This game is sweet and keeps getting better. And for those that say this game has failed and there is nothing to do when you get to lvl 30 cap then you haven't played this game.

gamekingpin
gamekingpin

@The_X_Factor_9 I read your review as well and I totally agree 100% as this is also my first time playing an MMORPG I have one character at level 23 that I am trying to get to 30 before my free month is up. I know for sure that I will pay for at least 3 more month after my free month because the game is soo addictive and crazy fun. I am also guilty of taking two personal days the other week when I first got into it. I have never done that for a game, and I love gaming. Even when I get tired of the grind I can play for hours just trying to find some heros up for a quick PVP battle to see how my villain matches up to others. Definately excited for the new content.

doc0376
doc0376

well, still not sure about this game, and i think SOE want to realese content in a hurry just to keep people interested, lets wait and see what happens @The_X_Factor_9 i actually enjoyed your review, good work

The_X_Factor_9
The_X_Factor_9

I got the game about a week ago (PS3) and I can't stop playing it. It's like playing inFamous online in the DC Universe! I'm up to Level 15 and grateful that I should have 1, maybe 2 characters up to Level 30 by the time my first month ends. I am looking forward to seeing how Sony evolves the DC Universe with monthly updates and booster packs. While, I'm unwilling to spring for the 12 month subscription at the moment, I'm beginning to think that a 6 month commitment wouldn't be too unreasonable, although I am leaning on the 3 month sub. I just posted a fair review of the game for those interested in my opinion.

scarface_psp
scarface_psp

dam right dc is getting there wow was the same

toddx77
toddx77

For all of you saying this game is boring or not going to last, I say remember that the games script is being written by Geoff Johns who is the God of comic book writing. Give the game a little bit more time to settle in and you will see.

diablusx
diablusx

I am not surprised there is a update so soon. The DCU has years and years of stories to go through. I would be mad if there were not updates every 2 to 3 months.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Not a big surprise that the PS3 version is selling more, PC fans of the genre have plenty to choose from.

blackguy09
blackguy09

what's up with everyone having one eye in the future???

LordDeArnise
LordDeArnise

Sounds like a good content. I always wanted to see a Hero story arc involving Catwoman.

solidsnake7882
solidsnake7882

@Roland123_basic It may have been online for 4 years but it was far from good or even remotely successful. DCU is in a different ballgame altogether.

Roland123_basic
Roland123_basic

@solidsnake7882 maxtrix online was "online" for 4 years.... by your standards of DCU, that game was a colossal success then.

solidsnake7882
solidsnake7882

@Roland123_basic Just because a few people have abandoned it does not make it a failure. You want a failure remember The Matrix Online? That was a colossal failure. DCUO is still alive and kicking and once all is said and done I have a feeling it will be around for awhile.

Arkanis_Vayll
Arkanis_Vayll

Well it's been said a lot but... I thought the game was fun. Enjoyed it the same way I enjoyed Marvel Ultimate Alliance or Prototype. Uninstalled and cancelled just yesterday, and this does nothing to make me regret that. I can see this game being a niche success with DC fans who want to follow the episodic content, but I think everyone else is going to disperse quickly back to whatever they were doing before, or whatever game they're looking forward to next.

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

@TrueIori , I care about GW2! I think that GW2 will be able to keep their gamers for a waaay longer period of time.

gohoanq
gohoanq

That's interesting and all.. but I personally doubt I'm going to be paying anything(to keep playing this month, etc) until I see some new powers.. or fighting styles... or SOMETHING... a few extra things to do with my level 30 isn't enough to warrant me paying 15 bucks.. just not worth it right now lol Give me some real stuff to focus on for a month and sure.. but I doubt these missions will be worth paying for :/

TrueIori
TrueIori

@FaYt2021 Oh whoop cat woman missions hurray!! So instead of it being the Joker telling me to "go collect this" "go kill that" it will be catwoman. hurray for content LMAO.

TrueIori
TrueIori

Who cares give me SWTOR and Guild wars 2 , REAL MMO's. I knew all this monthly updates would be crap lol.

GryphonICD
GryphonICD

Oh dear. It's like hearing lots of people died of flu and then condemning an entire nation as dead. The game might well survive so stamping it with the term 'failed' is hardly fair, and it is quite playable still. Long lasting though we don't know, but it will probably still have some kind of core gamer that continues to play. Besides, sales alone mean it was a success to them.

Roland123_basic
Roland123_basic

@solidsnake7882 oh really? then why are the gamespot forums and MMORPG.com forums inundated with threads that continue to be locked and deleted with people saying they are done playing the game after a week?

Savior24
Savior24

Once this game gets fully optimized, this game will be one of the best around. With any NEW MMORPG, they have to work out the little quirks. The developers have already rectified many of the issues since launch, but some still persist. I feel that in a month or so this game will be running smooth as silk. I'm already fully addicted to this game; the gameplay is like NO OTHER in the genre. The game does start off a little slow, but that's due to being a low level, but by the time you get to level 10, and feeling like a BAD ASS, you can't put the game down! I fully recommend this game to any action fan, or MMO fan; this game is for EVERYONE!!! Buy, play, ENJOY!!!!

FaYt2021
FaYt2021

Seems cool to me. Now I have more things to do while already not having enough time to do the stuff I wanted to do before. Psh lack of content my ass.

scorpgul
scorpgul

I'm gonna wait till the game really settles in and most major bugs are ironed out

solidsnake7882
solidsnake7882

@Roland123_basic Lol most people still play the game it hasn't failed.

Roland123_basic
Roland123_basic

the game has already failed.... people started leaving after 3 days because you can max out in that short amount of time, and then there is just nothing to do. sorry SOE, perhaps next time you will make an MMO that actually has content.

toddx77
toddx77

@japanesegoth The monthly fee goes toward keeping the servers up and paying for all the utilities that the game needs to keep running. The update is something new being added to the game. Most updates are free anyway considering they are usually small.

KillerBill316
KillerBill316

I wonder if they're monthly content updates actually last for a month of playtime. And if they can keep it up every month, they might actually have themselves an MMO. hehe

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

why do they call them free updates to mmorpgs for which you are paying a monthly fee? makes no sense.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I'm surprised that this game is more popular on PS3. I didn't think that console onwers would buy into a superhero MMO. Since this type of game is "better" on a PC.

acerpg007
acerpg007

@swamptick Lag? I don't have any lag, I don't know why you get lags.. but bugs, yes there are a lot of bugs.

swamptick
swamptick

For those on the fence, you should still buy the game. It's fun. It's just very, very glitchy and laggy.

swamptick
swamptick

Just fix the damn bugs already. I'll start playing again when the game doesn't lag. None of my other games lag. This shouldn't either.

96thDDForce1
96thDDForce1

Just got the game on PC.. Very Nice and already updating content...great job SOE...keeping it going...more people will playing soon

kerrman
kerrman

"PS3 version more popular" That's all I needed to hear, looks like I will buy it on PS3 when summer rolls around. I heard the controllers are great with a gamepad anyways.