We sat down with Jens Andersen, Creative Director of DC Universe Online, to discuss this special DLC, a pack that has been in planning since the game's conception.
Another key feature of the new patch is called Iconic Anomalies. These special simulation missions mark the first time that players will play an iconic hero or villain against NPCs. We watched as Andersen worked his way through one mission -- similar to Neo "jacking in" -- that showed Bizarro resulting from a botched cloning job and fighting off lab assistants. Players will have a tough time in these missions, especially if they do not keep up with counter mechanics and timers. Even Andersen, an ace at the game, had a hard time and died several times.
The experience and items gained in these missions are kept by the player, so there should lots of reasons for players to join in. On the hero side, players will fill the shoes of the Huntress as she fights her way to a finale featuring villains such as the Scarecrow or the Croc. These encounters are not for newbies, though. You'll need to have a combat rating of 84 and a level of 30. The events will result in level 81 to 83 gear, some of the best gear in the game so far. Level 85 gear can be purchased using the new Marks of Reality; level 86 and 87 gear will drop from two new endgame raids.
The first one is called The Nexus of Reality. During this mission, players with a combat rating of 84 will travel to the center of the Earth to fight either Batman or Lex Luthor in order to stop him from altering reality forever. Of course, this mission will be no cake-walk, and you'll need to carefully consider your character's loadout.
The next raid is called Paradox Wave and will send players into alternate realities to defeat the results of the paradox caused by Lex Luthor or Batman. Not only will the final fights be challenging, but players might also gain access to iconic items from the world of DC Comics, like Superboy's DNA sample. It all blends together into one confusing story, but Andersen promised that it all makes sense in the end. We hope so because things are getting pretty complicated in DC Universe Online!
The DLC went live yesterday, so you can patch up and log in to check it out right now.
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