DC Universe Online continues to be one of Daybreak Games’ most successful titles, with a host of players specifically on the PS3 and PS4 versions. Later this summer, Episode 15 is bringing one of the comics’ new favorites, The Bombshells, into the game with “The Bombshells Paradox”. And in Episode 16, also due this summer (August to be exact for both episodes), the focus shifts to the Black Lanterns with Corrupted Zamaron. Read on for more details.
For the uninitiated, The Bombshells is a new series to the DC Comics print that focuses entirely on an alternate universe for the DC heroines. The style is akin to the 1950s pinups, and takes place in an alternate universe timeline of World War 2. How do the Bombshells end up in DCUO? Time travel and universe hopping of course! Bombshell Talia al Ghul creates a tear in reality and players must work with the Bombshells to stop The Lady al Ghul and set the universe back on its correct path.
Bombshell versions of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Catwoman, and Talia al Ghul all feature prominently in the cast of characters for this episode, a first for the game and also serves as the first videogame appearance of the Bombshells anywhere. Jens Andersen told us that they’ve come closer and closer with DC Comics so that we can expect lots of more timely cooperation with the comics division so that the game and the print media align better moving forward. The Bombshells are just the beginning.
Aside from marking the beginning of the League of Assassins narrative in DCUO, Episode 15 also brings a new environment – a Russian Gulag turned secret munitions factory. There’s also a whole new eight-person Operation with the episode, which is where players fight back against Talia and correct time and space.
Episode 16, also due in August, brings out the Black Lanterns. Featuring a brand new Duo instance, Indigo-1 of the Indigo Tribe (see Wikipedia for info), players will help Carol Ferris defend Zamaron from the Black Lanterns and will purge their corruption from the Central Power Battery. This will be the first appearance of the Black Lanterns and the Indigo Tribe, as well as an appearance of the Corrupted Hawkgirl from the comics. Episode 16 is a continuation of the War of the Light storyline, which began years ago in DCUO’s earlier DLC.
Of course, Legendary members will get the episodes for free, while free players will be able to buy them a la carte. This is part of DCUO’s new initiative of piece-mealing out the DLC as opposed to holding them all back for big $10 packages. Want a power, but don’t care or need the new story missions? That’s why they’re breaking them into chunks. New missions and story-based stuff will come in Episodes, while powers, weapons, and costumes and the like will come separately. All for reduced prices from the original $10 packages players were used to.
Stay tuned to MMORPG.com for more details when Episode 15 and 16 land on all systems this August.