Earlier today Sony and DC unveiled their eighth update to DC Universe online. The update will introduce the "Research and Development System," an area of the game where players will be given the ability to modify or create their equipment which can be later used during battle.
The R&D system will also introduce "Equipment Mods," which are an all-new item that will fit and combine with items that players already own. When combined, the players will experience a stat and combat rating increase that has the ability to, for example; restore their health and power; among other things. The system will have four different "elements" which players will be able to access once they reach level 10.== TEASER ==
The R&D system of elements include finding and researching, gathering, salvaging and collecting.
- Finding and Researching: Plans to create Equipment Mods to upgrade gear and consumables can be collected throughout the world.
- Gathering: Throughout the open world (including Gotham City, Metropolis and Central City), players (1-30) can find exobytes and other items.
- Salvaging: Players can turn unused, uncommon or rare items into crafting materials, and they can recover a rare item and create a useful piece of new equipment.
- Collecting: Bosses will drop useful ingredients such as Focusing Elements and Plans throughout the game.
The best part about this update is that it will be made available to all players -- Legendary, Premium and Free. Sony has released several screen shots of the R&D system to give players a better idea of how the new update will work. What do you think of this idea? Do you think that this update has the potential to improve gameplay?