DC Universe Online Introduces Research and Development System

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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?

#1 Posted by HexThis (881 posts) - - Show Bio

Something they could modify is this only being available to PC users. I hardly know anyone who doesn't have a Mac these days, it's insane.

#2 Posted by Artificity (13 posts) - - Show Bio

I have been waiting for this for so very long! Once you start collecting marks for end-game gear, it gets really depressing when everyone has the exact same equipment set. Balancing might be an issue, but that's something I'm willing pay... for now.

#3 Posted by ReVamp (22863 posts) - - Show Bio

I cry at the fact my PC can't handle this.

#4 Posted by Doctor!!!!! (2055 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes! wait nooooo!!!! I can't go through 6 minute load time!

#5 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Gosh, so much stuff involved with this game now. I don't even know if my comp can take this now if I wanted. Blah!

#6 Edited by BlackArmor (6134 posts) - - Show Bio

YES FINALLY I SHALL RULE!!!! BEHOLD MY NEW POWERS BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA BOW BEFORE MY CUSTUM TEC!!!!

#7 Posted by CitizenJP (592 posts) - - Show Bio

I <3 DCUO

#8 Posted by EscGamer (113 posts) - - Show Bio

been out of it for a while but with this on now i might just jump back in the fray

#9 Posted by hrodvitnir (26 posts) - - Show Bio

Man now I wish I hadn't trashed my Tier 1 and Tier 2 gear to make inventory space after I started getting my T3.

#10 Posted by Utandi (218 posts) - - Show Bio

The PS3 load times are a frickin pain in the arse, man!

That's the reason why i didn't play DCUO anymore...

#11 Posted by nightwing91 (3912 posts) - - Show Bio

I've not played since a few days before Christmas,but now it seems time to get back into the game .

#12 Posted by EDfromRED (28 posts) - - Show Bio

Seems like it should add more variety and depth to the types of equipment available, which can only be a good thing. I first started playing this game before Christmas, and I must say it's a lot of fun : )

#13 Posted by DarkShadows (742 posts) - - Show Bio

Now that sounds really interesting.

DCUO is getting better.

#14 Posted by The Impersonator (4992 posts) - - Show Bio

Where's Smallville? =P

#15 Posted by danhimself (22274 posts) - - Show Bio

the only problem I have with this update is that there's no tutorial on the crafting...they just threw it in there and that was it..everything about this game the users have had to figure out on their own...thank god for the dcuniverseonline.com forums...without them I'd still be clueless about this game

#16 Posted by Danial79 (2333 posts) - - Show Bio

Is this game still PC/PS3-only? And Marvel Heroes will be PC-only? They're really shooting themselves in the foot by not making 360 versions.

#17 Posted by danhimself (22274 posts) - - Show Bio

@Danial79 said:

Is this game still PC/PS3-only? And Marvel Heroes will be PC-only? They're really shooting themselves in the foot by not making 360 versions.

it's a SOE game...it's never going to be on Xbox...also I hadn't seen any announcement for what Marvel Heroes will be on

#18 Posted by sueesidale (22 posts) - - Show Bio

@The Impersonator said:

Where's Smallville? =P

its in there its an alert ;p with doomsday as the boss

#19 Posted by GhostRider29 (2673 posts) - - Show Bio

I honestly don't even like this game anymore. Too annoying to play.

#20 Posted by Eyz (3095 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice!

And...I still have yet to play the game! But I really want to...

#21 Edited by Mahzian (116 posts) - - Show Bio

The need to make the world bigger and the ability to "travel" between the cities instead of tele-porting everywhere, while doing that they should make a day/night cycle for both Metropolis and Gotham, even Minecraft has that!

#22 Posted by TheMess1428 (2176 posts) - - Show Bio

I need to upgrade my processor really soon.

#23 Posted by The Impersonator (4992 posts) - - Show Bio

@sueesidale: Oh. =P

#24 Posted by mattydeNero (519 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't mind the download time. I'm so very thankful this game exists. Any new elements are cool and always usable. And no more Christmas music....I hope. I'm downloading it as I type so I'm guess that came with the update too. That music was really annoying.

#25 Posted by danhimself (22274 posts) - - Show Bio

@mattydee007 said:

I don't mind the download time. I'm so very thankful this game exists. Any new elements are cool and always usable. And no more Christmas music....I hope. I'm downloading it as I type so I'm guess that came with the update too. That music was really annoying.

yeah no more christmas music....which I really didn't mind all that much...sure the music was annoying but I stocked up on cookies....hopefully we'll get more for Valentines day

#26 Posted by SupremeHyperion (1523 posts) - - Show Bio

I have been playing this game since launch and this definitely adds a bit to the day in day out grind. helps people get up to raid levels much quicker by being able to upgrade all their gear. Hope they fix the rest of the bugs though

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