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DC Universe Online
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Developer(s)Daybreak Game Company
Publisher(s)Daybreak Game Company
WB Games
Director(s)S.J. Mueller
Writer(s)Geoff Johns
Composer(s)Gerard Marino
Chad Mossholder
SeriesDC Comics Edit this on Wikidata
EngineUnreal Engine 3
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 3 (discontinued)
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
ReleaseMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 3 (removed)
January 11, 2011
PlayStation 4
November 15, 2013
Xbox One
April 29, 2016
Nintendo Switch
August 6, 2019
Genre(s)Massively multiplayer online, action
Mode(s)Multiplayer

DC Universe Online (DCUO) is a free-to-play action combat massive multiplayer online game[1] set in the fictional universe of DC Comics. Developed by Daybreak Game Company and co-published by Daybreak Game Company and WB Games, the game was released on January 11, 2011.

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Gameplay[edit]

The player creates a new, original character that interacts with the iconic heroes and villains of DC Comics. Players choose their character's faction (Hero or Villain), gender (male or female), body type (both height and muscularity), personality (comical, flirty, powerful, primal, serious), movement mode (flight, acrobatics, speed or skimming), weapon, and power (fire, ice, gadgets, mental, nature, sorcery, earth, light, electricity, rage, quantum, celestial, munitions, atomic, and water). Numerous hair, skin, and costume types are available, and up to 4 colors can be applied to the color scheme palette. Pre-built templates, inspired by some key DC characters, are available to expedite the character creation process.

When the player's character is named, they are thrown into the world of DC Universe Online with the first experience having to fight their way out of a spaceship. The tutorial teaches basic movement and abilities, counter mechanics, and using power and skill points. Eventually the player's character is made an official member of the Justice League (heroes) or The Society (villains), where they continue on their missions to increase their level and skill in various content. Daybreak Game Company is working to make DC Universe Online more interactive than standard MMO games, while trying to keep their key elements which include a leveling system, raid instances, endgame progression and inventories. The world is mainly a shared, public space. The public space features dynamically-generated content designed for both hero and villain player characters to progress and fight alongside and against a multitude of iconic DC Comics characters, moving forward with stories, many of which are brought forth from the pages of DC comics).[1]

DC Universe Online has been actively updating through Game Updates (GU) and Hotfixes. Aside from bug fixes, several Game Updates involve Seasonal Events which provide special feats, styles, base items, overworld missions and instances exclusive to the time frame it runs for, usually a month. There are three Events that tend to cycle throughout the year: Survival Mode, Legends PvE and Stabilizer Fragment Instances. DC Universe Online offers downloadable content or Episodes which expand the game universe with new, more difficult missions to progress that provide new or continuations of stories already existing; new costume styles and equipment.[2][3][4]

Plot[edit]

The opening cinematic takes place in a gritty, war-torn future depicting a final battle between the world's greatest heroes and villains. A future version of Lex Luthor provides voice-over narration. This battle takes place in the ruins of Metropolis. Lex Luthor, wearing a heavy mech armor, commands an army of super-villains that includes Joker, Harley Quinn, Circe, Deathstroke, Black Adam, Giganta, Metallo and Poison Ivy. A scarred, armored Batman commands the heroes, which includes Cyborg, Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Green Arrow. Both Poison Ivy and Green Arrow are shown dead at the beginning of the cutscene. The battle culminates with the death of Wonder Woman at Luthor's hands, at which point an unshaven, weary Superman hears her dying screams from orbit and flies to Earth to confront him. As Superman cradles Wonder Woman's dead body, he collapses to the ground and it is revealed that Luthor hid Kryptonite pellets in her mouth as a trap. Luthor impales Superman with a kryptonite-tipped spear, and stands back to proclaim his victory only to see Brainiac's war fleet fill the skies.

The scene then shifts to the present-day Watchtower, where the future Lex Luthor, heavily modified with Brainiac technology, is telling the story to the present-day Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Future Luthor explains that the deadly final war between the heroes and villains was triggered by the subtle manipulations of Brainiac (who had been slowly downloading their powers over time). With the planet's most powerful beings dead, Brainiac intended to use the pirated data to create an army of metahumans under his control, facilitating his conquest of Earth. As the sole survivor of the war, Luthor could do nothing to resist Brainiac's subjugation of the planet. Luthor explains that he was able to survive in secret and eventually seal the stolen data and energy from Brainiac's mothership in the form of "exobytes" (nanobot-sized devices that can bond to a living host and give them their own superpowers). Luthor has traveled into his past to release the exobytes into the atmosphere of present-day Earth. The heroes are outraged, but Luthor explains that because he has done this, soon thousands of new metahumans will be created from ordinary humans (becoming the player-characters of the game). He implores the Justice League to find and train these new metahumans, because Brainiac is coming and the Earth must be ready to succeed where it was once doomed to fail.

When this cinematic ends, the player is brought to the character creation menu to build their new Hero or Villain.

In the second trailer to the game "In Lex we Trust", it is revealed that Lex Luthor's description of events leading up to his arrival in the present time is not as he described to the heroes. The trailer begins with Luthor reviving his companion Fracture from being unconscious. Luthor explains that Brainiac's forces have already penetrated the Fortress of Solitude and that their time is running out. As they approach a time portal chamber, a Brainiac Eradicator attacks and Fracture destroys the robotic drone with a small grenade. The two arrive at the portal which is being stabilized by Batman (whose face is disfigured and arm is replaced by a robotic prosthetic due to injuries from the battle of villains and heroes). As more Eradicators enter the chamber, Luthor lies saying his armor is damaged and that he can not hold them off. Batman tells Fracture to take the canister that contains millions of exobytes and go through the portal, while attacking the Eradicators in order to buy him more time. Fracture thanks Luthor for using the exobytes to give him his powers. Seeing the opportunity he had been waiting for, Luthor kills Fracture describing him as "an excellent lab rat." Before Luthor steps into the portal, Batman calls to Luthor warning that "I'll be coming for you" to which Luthor responds "No, you won't" and activates a self-destruct sequence. Luthor enters the portal and the Fortress of Solitude suffers massive explosions. He arrives in a dark alley, presumably present day. He is greeted by his present-day self who describes him as being late.

It is then shown at the end of "The Prime Battleground" raid that Future Lex Luthor and Lex Luthor are working together to steal Brainiac's power. Luthor is then betrayed by his future self as Future Luthor wants the power for himself. It is then shown that Future Batman survived the explosion at the Fortress of Solitude and has been chasing Future Luthor through time. Future Luthor escapes and Future Batman follows him. In the following cutscene, Future Batman is said to be the last hope for humanity.

Following these events, the heroes are led by Future Batman while villains are led by Future Luthor to the "Nexus of Reality" (the center of the Multiverse itself). Both sides fight for control, using paradoxes from constant time-travels to alter the histories of iconic characters, forcing heroes and villains to work parallel to each other, changing the timelines in the same fashion. What one causes, the other reverts, thus making an infinite cycle. This results in a massive paradox creature that consumes time itself. In the raid, players must stop the creature from destroying the time-space continuum (one of the many raids where both villains and heroes have the same goal). This event ends the storyline the game was based upon, yet also opens up the possibility to enter many new realities.

Since then, there have been certain stories tied in reflecting the Arrowverse, with the introduction of Nanda Parbat, fighting alongside characters featured in Legends of Tomorrow, and a Supergirl Costume Legends character.[5] Content from the DC Extended Universe has also been released. Other comic centered storylines feature "Sons of Trigon", "Blackest Night", "Amazon Fury", "Halls of Power", "Bombshells Paradox", "Bottle City of Kandor", "Harley Quinn" and "Earth 3" in Episodes.[6]

Development[edit]

Conceptual art for the game was released on July 4, 2008,[7] and the first trailer was released on July 14, 2008.[8] Sony Online Entertainments stated goal is to make a different kind of MMO game, with The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction cited as one of the main inspirations for gameplay.

A beta was available from December 14, 2010, until January 5, 2011. There were a number of technical issues that came to light when the beta was closed, which were partially resolved by the game's release. EverQuest developers Chris Cao and Shawn Lord were involved.[9] Chris Cao was the game director up to May 2011, since stepped down to be replaced by Mark Anderson, previously the art director.[10] Mark Anderson has since been replaced by Jens Andersen, who was promoted to Executive Creative Director of Daybreak Game Company with S.J. Mueller creative director. Comic artists Alé Garza, Carlos D'Anda, JJ Kirby, Oliver Nome, Eddie Nuñez, Livio Ramondelli, and Michael Lopez also contributed to the leveling content headlines and cutscenes. In August 2011, there was a global server merge implemented by the developers to consolidate all PC servers and PlayStation 3 servers into 4 individual servers, one for each platform per region. On September 19, 2011 it was announced that the game would go free-to-play on November 1, 2011, along with the addition of microtransactions. In mid-2013, as part of a hosting deal, accounts for the European PC version were sold to ProSiebenSat.1, however they were still capable of using the U.S. servers. DC Universe Online was announced for the PlayStation 4 on June 5, 2013 along with PlanetSide 2, and was released November 15, 2013. After Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), had announced their All Access Membership changes, SOE and ProSiebenSat.1 parted ways, returning the accounts to SOE.[11] All accounts are managed by Daybreak Game Company.[12]

During the fifth anniversary livestream on January 11, 2016, it was announced that the two regional servers, U.S. and EU would receive cross play, with players on PC able to play with players on the PlayStation version on the same server, only divided by region. An Xbox One version of the game was also announced on January 11, 2016 for release on April 29 of the same year,[13] on two regional servers that have since been consolidated into one,[14] not connected to the PC or PS versions of the game.[15] On February 5, both USPC USPS servers were merged into one US server and EUPC and EUPS were merged into one EU server. The same restrictions of not being able to log into or transfer a PS account on PC and vice versa has been maintained.[16]

On October 30, 2017, Daybreak Game Company stated the PlayStation 3 version would shut down on January 31, 2018 to focus on providing a better experience on the PlayStation 4.[17] Utilizing the same PSN, a PlayStation 3 player can access their account on PlayStation 4.

On May 23, 2019, a Nintendo Switch version of the game was announced, due for release in Summer 2019.[18]

Episode DLCs[edit]

To showcase their ongoing support for DC Universe Online and provide new content that enriches the world of DC Universe Online, Daybreak Game Company has released 35 Episode expansion packs. These episodes are free to play for members who have an active subscription or cost a small fee for non-members. Many of the Episodes required users to have completed certain achievements or complete game progression elements to access the content. Gamers can progress through engaging storylines, earn new achievements, experience new zones, and earn new armor that helps progress their character.

Episode 1: Fight for the Light[edit]

On September 6th, 2011, Daybreak Game Company released the first DC Universe Online expansion DLC episode: Fight For The Light. Fight for the Light allowed gamers to embark on a new adventure with Green Lantern and the Sinestro Corps as their battle becomes the forefront of the episode. Some of the key features of this episode pack include a new Tier 3 Duo in Ferris Aircraft, two Tier 2 Alerts with Oan Sciencells and S.T.A.R. Labs Research Facility, and a Tier 3 alert in Coast City. [19]

Episode 2: Lightning Strikes[edit]

The second episode pack for DC Universe Online, Lightning Strikes, was released on December 6th, 2011. This episode pack allowed gamers to battle through new open-world solo and group activities in a new high-level open-world map of Central City. Gamers can explore the origin of The Flash and take on some of the Flash’s opponents in the villainous Rogues. Some of the key features of this episode pack include the open-world Central City map with daily Tier 3 missions, nine daily Tier 3 Bounties, and a Flashback Tier 2 Duo. [19]

Episode 3: The Battle for Earth[edit]

On March 13th, 2012, Daybreak Game Company released the third episode for DC Universe Online titled The Battle for Earth. This episode largely continued the story in the fight against Brainiac which was one of the main storylines in the DC Universe Online base game. Gamers would fight for the fate of the universe with cooperative gameplay against Braniac. Some of the key features of this episode pack include three Tier 2 Duos in Riverfront Center, Gotham Hospital, and Riverside Hotel, one Tier 3 Alert in South Gotham Courthouse, and two Tier 4 Raids in the Gates of Tartarus and The Prime Battleground. In addition, the Battle For South Gotham featured daily Tier 2 missions. [19]

Episode 4: The Last Laugh[edit]

The fourth episode pack for DC Universe Online, The Last Laugh, was released on June 19th, 2012. This episode focused on the Joker as he gained access to hero and villain safe houses to stir up additional controversy between the player factions. Some of the key features of this episode pack include one Tier 3 hero Duo in Shady Nightclub, and one Tier 3 villain Duo in Police Station. [19]

Episode 5: Hand of Fate[edit]

On August 14th, 2012, Daybreak Game Company released the fifth episode for DC Universe Online titled Hand of Fate. The episode pack revolved around DC hero Doctor Fate and would give gamers a chance to fight through new mystical story content. Some of the key features of this episode pack include two Tier 4 4-player Operations in Wayward Souls, and Soul Alchemy. In addition, this episode pack released four Tier 4 8-player Operations in With a Vengeance, A Black Dawn, Unpaid Dues, and Seeds of Rot. [19]

Episode 6: Home Turf[edit]

The sixth episode pack for DC Universe Online, Home Turf, was released on January 29th, 2013. The episode pack focused on both new and iconic locations that DC fans would be familiar with as they battle through new objectives and missions. Some of the key features of this episode pack include two daily Tier 4 hero missions located at Ace Chemcials and Stryker’s Island, two daily Tier 4 villain missions located at Steelworks and Arkham Island, and daily Tier 4 Bounties. [19]

Episode 7: Origin Crisis[edit]

On May 8th, 2013, Daybreak Game Company released the seventh episode for DC Universe Online titled Origin Crisis. The episode pack continued the story from The Battle for Earth episode, as players travel through time to fight for control of space, time, and the universe itself. Some of the key features of this episode pack include two Tier 5 Challenges in Icononic Anomolay: The Hunt and Iconic Anomaly: Test Subject #1, two Tier 5 4-Player Operations in Brothers in Arms and Family Reunion, and two Tier 5 Raids in Nexus of Reality and Paradox Wave. [19]

Episode 8: Sons of Trigon[edit]

The eighth episode pack for DC Universe Online, Sons of Trigon, was released on August 29th, 2013 for subscribers, and September 3rd, 2013 for those players who did not have an active subscription. The episode pack focused on going against DC villain Trigon as he takes over an alternate Gotham City. Some of the key features of this episode pack include a new location in Gotham Wastelands with daily Tier 5 missions, three Tier 5 Duos in Tunnel of Lust, Ruined Cathedral, and Knighsdome Arena, one Tier 5 Alert, and DC hero Raven featured as a weekly Tier 5 Bounty. [19]

Episode 9: War of the Light Part 1[edit]

On January 22nd, 2014, Daybreak Game Company released the ninth episode for DC Universe Online titled War of the Light Part 1. The episode pack revolved around the continuing battle between the Lantern Corps in Metropolis. Some of the key features of this episode pack include two Tier 5 4-Player Operations in Mist Recovery and Strike Team, one Tier 5 8-Player Operation in Assault and Battery, a new location in Downtown Metropolis Battlezone with weekly Tier 5 missions, and gave players access to either Ranx’s Command Center or Mogo’s Command Center. [19]

Episode 10: Amazon Fury Part 1[edit]

The tenth episode pack for DC Universe Online, Amazon Fury Part 1, was released on April 30th, 2014 for players with an active subscription, and May 6th, 2014 for players who did not have an active subscription. The episode pack focused on the battle between DC hero Wonder Woman and her mother Queen Hippolyta. Some of the key features of this episode pack include two Tier 6 Challenges in Aegis of Truth and Circe’s Trial, two Tier 6 Duos in Port of Paradise and Supply Lines, one Tier 6 Alert in Themyscira Divided, and a new location in Gotham Under Siege with daily Tier 6 missions.[19]

Episode 11: Halls of Power Part 1[edit]

On August 6th, 2014, Daybreak Game Company released the eleventh episode for DC Universe Online titled Halls of Power Part 1. The episode pack revolved around the New Gods of the Fourth World as they sought new ways to take control and engage in strategic battles on a cosmic level. Some of the key features of this episode pack include one Tier 6 4-Player Operation in Intergang Crime Wave, one Tier 6 Alert in Security Breach, one Tier 6 8-Player Operation in Artifacts from the Past, and two Tier 6 Raids in Relics of Urgrund and Lockdown.[19]

Episode 12: War of the Light Part 2[edit]

The twelfth episode pack for DC Universe Online, War of the Light Part 2, was released on November 11th, 2014 for players who had an active subscription, and November 18th, 2014 for players who did not have an active subscription. The episode pack revolved around continuing the story first started in War of the Light Part 1 and the battle between the Lantern Corps.Some of the key features of this episode pack include one Tier 6 Challenge in Spark of Parallax, one Tier 6 Duo in Spark of Ion, one Tier 6 Alert in Zamaron Conversion Chamber, two Tier 6 4-Player Operations in Avarice Impurity and Rage Impurity, one Tier 6 8-Player Operation in Love and War, and featured a return to the Downtown Metropolis Battlezone location.[19]

Episode 13: Amazon Fury Part 2[edit]

On February 3, 2015 for members and February 12th, 2015 for non-members, Daybreak Game Company released the thirteenth episode for DC Universe Online titled Amazon Fury Part 2 for players with an active subscription and players without respectively. The episode pack revolved around continuing the story first started in Amazon Fury Part 1 as players would continue the fight against the Amazon queen Hippolyta. Some of the key features of this episode pack include two Tier 6 Operations in Return to the Nexus and Act of Defiance, three Tier 6 Raids in Labyrinth of Lost Souls, Halls of Hades, and Throne of the Dead, in addition to a return to Gotham Under Siege location with daily Tier 6 missions.[19]

Episode 14: Halls of Power Part 2[edit]

The fourteenth episode pack for DC Universe Online, Halls of Power Part 2, was released on May 12th, 2015 for players with an active subscription, and May 19th, 2015 for players without an active subscription. The episode pack revolved around continuing the story first started in the Halls of Power Part 1 episode pack, as players would continue their battle against the New Gods. Some of the key features of this episode pack include two Tier 7 Duos in Resource Recovery and League Hall: Malfunction, one Tier 7 4-Player Operation in Fatal Exams, one Tier 7 8-Player Operation in New Genesis Now, one Tier 7 Raid in Happiness Home, and a new location in New Genesis which gave players access to daily Tier 7 missions. [19]

Episode 15: Bombshells Paradox & Corrupted Zamaron[edit]

On August 5th, 2015 for members and August 12th, 2015 for non-members, Daybreak Game Company released the fifteenth episode for DC Universe Online titled Bombshells Paradox & Corrupted Zamaron for players with an active subscription and without respectively. The episode pack revolved around players traveling to an alternate WW2-inspired universe where the DC Bombshells were faced with an infinite timeline war. Some of the core features of this episode pack include one Tier 7 8-Player Operation called The Bombshell Paradox, and one Tier 7 Duo in Corrupted Zamaron.[19]

Episode 16: Desecrated Cathedral and Oa Under Siege[edit]

The sixteenth episode pack for DC Universe Online, Desecrated Cathedral and Oa Under Siege, was released on September 2nd, 2015 for members, and September 9th, 2015 for non-members. The episode pack revolved around players defending OA as it faced a new threat from the Black Lantern Corps, and a new storyline with DC hero Raven. Some of the core features of this episode pack include one Tier 7 Alert in Desecrated Cathedral and one Tier 7 Challenge in Oa Under Siege.[19]

Episode 17: Unholy Matrimony & The Flash Museum Burglary[edit]

On October 7th, 2015 for members and October 14th, 2015 for non-members, Daybreak Game Company released the seventeenth episode for DC Universe Online titled Unholy Matrimony and The Flash Museum Burglary. The episode pack revolved around players continuing the storyline told in Episode 16 Desecrated Catherdral and a continuation of the League of Assassins storyline that started in Episode 15 The Bombshells Paradox. Some of the core features of this episode pack include one Tier 7 8-Player Operation in Unholy Matrimony and one Tier 7 Duo in Flash Museum Burglary. [19]

Episode 18: The Demon’s PIt and Blackest Day[edit]

The eighteenth episode pack for DC Universe Online, The Demon’s Pit and Blackest Day, was released on November 4th, 2015 for members, and November 11th, 2015 for non-members. The episode pack revolved around players finishing the War of the Light saga and combating the League of Assassin’s interest in Central City. Some of the core features of this episode pack include one Tier 7 8-Player Operation in Blackest Day and one Tier 7 Duo in The Demon’s Pit.[19]

Episode 19: The Demon’s Plan and Deep Desires[edit]

On December 2nd, 2015 for members and December 9th, 2015 and non-members, Daybreak Game Company released the nineteenth episode pack for DC Universe Online titled The Demon’s Plan and Deep Desires. The episode pack revolved around concluding the League of Assassins storyline and served as an epilogue to the Episode 17 Unholy Matrimony storyline. Some of the core features of this episode pack include one Tier 7 Alert in The Demon’s Plan and one Tier 7 Duo in Deep Desires.[19]

Episode 20: Blackest Night & Wastelands Wonderland[edit]

The twentieth episode pack for DC Universe Online, Blackest Night and Wastelands Wonderland, was released on January 6th, 2016 for members with a subscription, and January 13th, 2016 for players without an active subscription. The episode pack revolved around players fighting The Blackest Night and dealing with the fallout from the War of the Light saga. Some of the core features of this episode pack include one Tier 7 8-Player Operation in Blackest Night and one Tier 7 Duo in Wastelands Wonderland.[19]

Episode 21: Prison Break and The First Piece[edit]

On February 4th, 2015, and February 10th, 2015, Daybreak Game Company released the twenty-first episode pack for DC Universe Online titled Prison Break and The First Piece. The episode pack revolved around working with a new stranger that asks the player to go on a couple of adventures. Some of the core features of this episode pack include one Tier 7 2-Player Operation in The First Piece and one Tier 7 8-Player Operation in Prison Break.[19]

Episode 22: Science Spire and The Phantom Zone[edit]

The twenty-second episode pack for DC Universe Online, Science Spire and The Phantom Zone, was released on March 2nd, 2016 for members and March 9th, 2016 for non-members. The episode pack revolved around dealing with Phantom Zone malfunctions and sightings of a mysterious figure near the Science Spire. Some of the core features of this episode pack include one Tier 7 Challenge in The Science Spire and one Tier 7 4-Player Operation in The Phantom Zone.[19]

Episode 23: The Will of Darkseid and Brainiac’s Bottle Ship[edit]

On April 6th, 2016 for members and April 13th, 2016 for non-members, Daybreak Game Company released the twenty-third episode pack for DC Universe Online titled The Will of Darkseid and Brainiac’s Bottle Ship. The episode pack revolved around dealing with prisoners who had escaped from the Phantom Zone and a potential new invasion from Darkseid’s forces. Some of the core features of this episode pack include one Tier 7 2-PLayer Operation in The Will of Darkseid and one Tier 7 8-Player Operation in Braniac’s Bottle Ship.[19]

Episode 24: Harley’s Heist and Darkseid’s War Factory[edit]

The twenty-fourth episode pack for DC Universe Online, Harley’s Heist and Darkseid’s War Factory, was released on May 19th, 2016. The episode pack revolved around dealing with the continuation of the Darkseid storyline started several episodes earlier, and some potential nefarious actions being taken by DC villain Harley Quinn. Some of the core features of this episode pack include one Tier 8 Duo in Harley’s Heist and one Tier 8 Raid in Darkseid’s War Factory.[19]

Episode 25: Iceberg Lounge and A Rip In Time[edit]

On June 29th, 2016, Daybreak Game Company released the twenty-fifth episode pack for DC Universe Online titled Iceberg Lounge and A Rip In Time. The episode pack revolved around a new location for fans to experience in the Iceberg Lounge, and a continuation of the mysterious figure players interacted with in the Episode 21 storyline. Some of the core features of this episode pack include one Tier 8 Challenge in the Iceberg Lounge and one Tier 8 4-Player Operation in A Rip In Time.[19]

Episode 26: Wayne Manor Gala and Kandor Central Tower[edit]

The twenty-sixth episode pack for DC Universe Online, Wayne Manor Gala and Kandor Central Tower, was released on July 27th, 2016. The episode pack revolved around the continuation of the Harley Quinn storyline started in Episode 24, and the Phantom Zone storyline started in Episode 22. Some of the core features of this episode pack include one Tier 8 Duo in Wayne Manor Gala and one Tier 8 Raid in Kandor Central Tower.[19]

Episode 27: Amazon Fury: Part 3[edit]

On November 17th, 2016, Daybreak Game Company released the twenty-seventh episode pack for DC Universe Online titled Amazon Fury Part 3. The episode pack revolved around concluding the Amazon Fury storyline from Episodes 10 and 13. Some of the core features of this episode pack include one Tier 8 Challenge in Seeing Shades Again, one Tier 8 Duo in Raising Hades, one Tier 8 4-Player Operation in Underworld Trials, two Tier 8 Raids in Olympus and God of Monsters, and Typhon’s Monster Invasion which featured both daily and weekly Tier 8 missions.[19]

Episode 28: Age of Justice[edit]

The twenty-eight episode pack for DC Universe Online, Age of Justice, was released on May 31st, 2017. The episode pack revolved around players traveling back through time to save a new impending threat. Some of the core features of this episode pack include two Tier 8 4-Player Operations in Saving Justice and War Crimes, two Tier 8 Raids in Justice For All and Ultimate Soldier, and Time-Torn Area 51 and War-Torn Village which both featured daily and weekly Tier 8 missions.[19]

Episode 29: Riddled With Crime[edit]

On September 20th, 2017, Daybreak Game Company released the twenty-ninth episode pack for DC Universe Online titled Riddled With Crime. The episode pack revolved around players dealing with a potential gang war brewing between the Riddler’s crew and Joker’s gang. Some of the core features of this episode pack include two Tier 8 Duos in Turf War: Team joker and Turf War: Team Riddler, one Tier 8 4-Player Operation in Rise of the Bat, one Tier 8 Raid in Gotham City Zoo, and new daily and weekly Tier 8 missinos in Amusement Mile’s Gang War.[19]

Episode 30: Earth 3[edit]

The thirtieth episode pack for DC Universe Online, Earth 3, was released on November 15th, 2017. The episode pack revolved around players fighting the villains from Earth 3 once more. Some of the core features of this episode pack include one Tier 8 2-Player Operation in The Visitor, one Tier 8 Alert in Injustice System, two Tier 8 Raids in The Panopticon and The Escape, along with new daily and weekly Tier 8 missions in Gotham.[19]

Episode 31: Deluge[edit]

On March 29th, 2018, Daybreak Game Company released the thirty-first episode pack for DC Universe Online titled Deluge. The episode pack revolved around dealing with a new invasion from Starro. Some of the core features of this pack include one Tier 9 1-Player Operation in Stemming the Tide, one Tier 9 Duo in Spreading Spores, one Tier 9 Alert in Invasion, two Tier 9 Raids in The Threat Below and Spindrift Station, along with new daily and weekly Tier 9 missions in Central City Starro Deluge Zone.[19]

Episode 31.5: The Death of Superman[edit]

The Death of Superman was released in between Episode 31 and 32 to highlight Superman’s 80th anniversary and highlight the release of Action Comics #1000. The episode’s storyline was released in three parts with Part 1 being released on May 16th, 2018, Part 2 on June 5th, 2018, and Part 3 on June 27th, 2018. The episode pack revolved the return of Superman villain Doomsday. Some of the core features of this episode pack include one Solo Challenge, one Tier 9 raid in The Death of Superman, new daily and weekly tier missions, and a new open world zone in Doomed Metropolis.[19]

Episode 32: Teen Titans: The Judas Contract[edit]

The thirty-second episode pack for DC Universe Online, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, was released on July 18th, 2018. The episode pack revolved around players interacting and working with the Teen Titans in the Titans Tower as they look for new recruits. Some of the core features of this episode pack include one Tier 9 Duo in Titans Training Sim, one Tier 9 Alert in Titans Targeted, two Tier 9 Raids in H.I.V.E. Reborn, and The Machine, along with new daily and weekly Tier 9 missions on Titans Island.[19]

Episode 33: Atlantis[edit]

On November 8th, 2018, Daybreak Game Company released the thirty-third episode pack for DC Universe Online titled Atlantis. The episode’s storyline revolved around players journeying to Atlantis to save the city and assist Aquaman in securing his power and seat on the throne. Some of the core features of this episode pack include one Tier 9 Challenge in Royal Palace, one Tier 9 Alert in Silent School, one Tier 9 Raid in Crown of Thorns, one Tier 9 8-Player Operation in The Throne, and a new open-world zone in Atlantis with new daily and weekly Tier 9 missions.[19]

Episode 34: Justice League Dark[edit]

The thirty-fourth episode pack for DC Universe Online, Justice League Dark, was released on March 28th, 2019. The episode’s storyline revolved around players working with DC hero John Constantine to find artifacts that will be useful in fighting back new demonic threats. Some of the core features of this episode pack include one Tier 9 Duo in Pub Crawl, one Tier 9 4-Player Operation in Darkness Rising, one Tier 9 8-Player Operation in Fellowship of the Arcane, one Tier 9 Raid in Shattered Gotham, and new open-world access with daily and weekly Tier 9 missions.[19]

Seasonal Content[edit]

In addition to paid DLC episodes, Daybreak also release seasonal-themed content throughout the year, which rewards players with new feats, seasonal styles, base items and trinkets.

Anti-Monitor Anniversary Event[edit]

Released in January each year (starting in 2017) to celebrate the game's anniversary, this content focuses on an attack by the Anti-Monitor on the DC Universe. Content features an open world area of Metropolis based around the Science Spire which is under attack from Qwardian invaders from the Anti-Matter universe, a single player challenge set in the Earth-3 Panopticon where players must rescue Alexander Luthor from Johnny Quick, and an 8-player raid where players face off against the Anti-Monitor and his army. Players are rewarded with Qwardian Crowns which can be used to purchase items from the event vendor.

Valentine's Day/Love Conquers All[edit]

The February seasonal content is based around Valentine's Day. Originally released in 2011, the event featured a daily mission for heroes and a separate one for villains, and rewarded styles, feats and collection items. Player reaction to the event was mostly negative, which led to the content being scrapped due to "quality concerns". The event reappeared in a limited fashion in 2013, when Daybreak released a single mission that granted players all the feats and styles which were part of the original event. 2014 also featured the same solo mission, as well as a second mission which rewarded two new t-shirt styles. The content made a full return in 2015 under the new title, Love Conquers All, which features several hero and villain missions, as well as a 4-player Alert. The event has been updated each year since with new feats, styles, and base items.

Mxyzptlk's Mischief[edit]

Released to coincide with St Patrick's Day, this content has an Irish theme featuring the mischievous entity from the 5th Dimension, Mr Mxyzptlk. The content features an open world daily mission, and races located around the Daily Planet area of Metropolis. Players are rewarded with Four-Leaf Clovers which can be used to purchase items from the event vendor.

Springtime[edit]

This content features missions based around Spring renewal and Swamp Thing. There is an open world daily mission based in Gotham City where Poison Ivy has invaded and turned the citizens of Gotham into plant monsters. In addition to the open world mission, there is also a 4-player Alert where players must help release Swamp Thing from Ivy's control. Players are rewarded with Seed Pods that can be used to purchase items from the event vendor.

Tides of War[edit]

This event is released in the summer and has an Atlantean theme. Players must help Aquaman to repel an attack from his brother, Ocean Master, on the surface world. Villain players assist Ocean Master in attacking Aquaman's forces. The content features an open world mission based in the waters around Metropolis, and a 4-player Alert in which players must take on Ocean Master or Aquaman directly depending on your faction. Sand Dollars are the unique currency gained from this event, and can be used to purchase items at the event vendor.

Halloween Spook-tacular/The Witching Hour[edit]

Originally the 2011 Halloween content was a version of the Scarecrow mission based in Gotham Sewers under the title Halloween Spook-tacular. However the player reaction to the event was largely negative due to it being seen as a rehash of an existing mission. The following year the content was replaced by a new event titled The Witching Hour. The new content featured an open world mission for all players and a 4-player Alert called The Midnight Masquerade, in which players must face off against Klarion the Witch Boy and his pet cat Teekl.

Season's Greedings[edit]

This Christmas themed event features the Orange Lantern, Larfleeze, as he seeks to steal all the Christmas presents, trees and cakes for himself. Players can partake in an open world mission to retrieve those items from Larfleeze's Orange Lantern constructs, as well as take on Larfleeze directly in a 4-player Alert. As of 2017, all players were granted a special Christmas tree base item which gives out daily rewards over the 12 days of Christmas. In addition to the usual feats, styles and base items, the content also rewards players with snowballs which they can use to have snowball fights with each other.

Comics[edit]

DC Comics announced in January 2010 that they would be releasing DC Universe Online: Legends, a 52-issue weekly limited series (along the lines of previous similar series like 52, Countdown to Final Crisis and Trinity) which would be based on the game.[20] Rather than a weekly series, the format was changed to a biweekly series, with comic book writer Tony Bedard and game writer Marv Wolfman, and with artists Howard Porter and Adriana Melo. The title was launched in February 2011 and concluded in May 2012.[21][22]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
MetacriticPC: 72/100[23]
PS3: 67/100[24]
PS4: 75/100[25]
Review scores
PublicationScore
AllGame3.5/5[26]
Eurogamer6/10[27]
GameSpot7.0[28]
GamesRadar+6/10[29]
IGN8/10[30]
PC Gamer (US)88%[31]
X-Play4/5[32]

DC Universe Online received mixed or average reviews from critics, having received 7/10 from IGN at initial launch[33] and showing further improvement with 8/10 from IGN after its PlayStation 4 launch.[34]

As of August 2014, the game has 18 million registered users, and is the number one revenue generating free-to-play title on the PlayStation 3 and 4.[35]

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