Sony Online Entertainment continues to expand its recently-F2P action MMO, DC Universe Online; last month we saw the release of a premium expansion which not only ushered in a new power set, but new missions and endgame content too. “Just around the corner” the studio is promising another free update (number 8) which will finally bring crafting skills to the game in the form of “Research and Development.”
Following Lex Luthor’s time jump and subsequent releasing of the Exbotyes (powerful Nanites created by Brainiac) most of them found human hosts and unlocked extraordinary powers, but some still linger in Earth’s atmosphere, some of which are starting to degrade. This finding has led to the establishment of a R&D centres around Gotham and Metropolis where heroes and villains can gather “Exobits” and piece them together (as long as they are level 10 or over.)
The new crafting skills will allow the production of equipment and consumable items at well as enhancements which can be combined with existing gear in your inventory. Better yet, players can also salvage unwanted equipment to redeem R&D components.
Though a common feature in most MMOs, it will be interesting to see how crafting will affect the overall experience and whether it will be weighted more towards endgame players. For more details keep your eyes open for SOE’s DCUO webcast where they will discuss Update 8 in more detail.
Source: Official DCUO Website