DC Universe Online Announces Water Powers & Two More Episodes In 2017

DC Universe Online is an MMO with 4 roles: Tank, Healer, DPS and Controller. Each have their uses in content and people tend to pick a role based on a power they like. Others pick a power based on a role they like. Suffice it to say that each power is relegated to either DPS or one of those roles. If you've been playing DC Universe Online for years, you know that one of the unicorn requests-turned-running joke has been Water Powers. All the way back in May 2015, the powers that be (at least at the time), tickled our collective fancy with the idea of Water powers and ever since, have been shelling out excuse after excuse (valid though they may be) about why we can't have Water powers right now. The chief excuse was that the PS3 wouldn't be able to handle it. Well, fast-forward a little over 2 years and finally, The Rock has come b...sorry, finally, We get what we've all been craving all this time. Healers, get ready for Water Bend...er...Powers!

The announcement didn't come with any images or footage of the upcoming power, but we do know it'll be released at the end of August. We should expect the power to land on the test server very soon if they hold to pattern and allow testing to be done before the release on the live server. The power will be based on Aquaman and the other Water using NPCs in the game, currently. From the announcement:

 

NEW POWERSET: WATER

With WATER POWERS, players will take on abilities inspired by Aquaman, Mera, and Aqualad. Bend water, summon constructs, and manipulate the tides to heal your allies and defend what is good, on land and in the seas. 

SJ'S TAKE: "The tide is finally coming in. Water powers are coming to DCUO, and we couldn’t be more excited! The visuals are beautiful and the new mechanics offer special new ways to wipe out your enemies or soothe the wounds of your allies."- SJ Mueller, DC Universe Online Creative Director

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT WATER:

  • Water will be an all-new Healer and Damage powerset, included with membership or available for purchase.
  • Water will be inspired by the Aquaman family, including Aquaman, Mera, Aqualad, and the seas they call home. 
  • Abilities will focus on commanding water in and around allies and enemies, by shaping water into constructs and unleashing its incredible force in waves and torrents. 
  • Utilize the power of the tides with the High Tide mechanic to further harness the mystical energies of the sea.   

WATER POWERS will be accessible to members or available for purchase for all players on August 30 on the PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

There you have it. They've been listening all along. I could shed a tear. If you're a healer, then you've been waiting on this news even more so, given that we haven't had a healer power drop in so very long. Also, in the same announcement, DCUO shed some light on two new episodes that will arrive before the end of 2017. The first is Riddled With Crime, to be released in September. This episode is a "street level" episode that finds us in a Gotham without Batman. As we search for him, The Riddler takes the fight to the Joker and Talia al Ghul if off doing her own thing. The second episode, to be released in November, is called Earth 3. If you know about Earth 3 from the comics, you know it's basically reverse Earth. The Justice League is evil and known as the Crime Syndicate (gross name), and Lex Luthor is actually a member of that earth's Justice League (good guys). It's he that travels to our Earth to ask for our help in dealing with the Syndicate. There's an animated movie called Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths where James Woods gives a tremendous performance as Owl Man. Give it a look see. From the announcement:

 

NEW EPISODE: RIDDLED WITH CRIME

In RIDDLED WITH CRIME, Batman is missing and the criminal underworld has erupted in chaos as villains battle villains for control of the city. The Riddler has finally made his move against the Joker, capturing Amusement Mile, while Talia al Ghul moves in the shadows, her goals her own. The search for Batman will take heroes and villains back through Gotham City to new and fan-favorite locations, including the all-new Gotham Zoo. 

SJ'S TAKE: "These street-level stories are so nostalgic for me and a lot of you folks, too. The stakes may not be as high as the survival of the ENTIRE multiverse, but what happens to Gotham City (and all its riches) is important to all of us. Episodes like this allow us to go back to our roots for both our characters and the comics – and explore these iconic moments that made us love Gotham and DC in the first place." - SJ Mueller, DC Universe Online Creative Director

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT RIDDLED WITH CRIME:

  • Riddled With Crime will be an episode, included with membership or available for purchase, with an expanded preview for all players. 
  • The episode will feature a villain-centric storyline, and a variety of singleplayer and multiplayer adventures, including:
    • Open world missions set in a new version of Gotham City's Amusement mile.
    • 2, 4, and 8-player instances set in and around Gotham City, including the all-new Gotham Zoo.
    • New and returning villains, including the Riddler, the Joker, Talia al Ghul, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Hush, Man-Bat, and more. 
  • The episode will launch new player rewards, including new gear, styles, base items, and feats.

EPISODE 29: RIDDLED WITH CRIME will be accessible to members or available for purchase for all players this September on the PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

NEW EPISODE: EARTH 3

In EARTH 3, Alexander Luthor of Earth 3 crosses into our world and begs the Justice League for help. In his world, good and evil are reversed, and the Crime Syndicate of America - Earth 3's evil version of the Justice League - rules Gotham City and the world with an iron fist. Heroes will travel to this dystopian Gotham City in an effort to help, and villains will follow, intrigued by a world where evil wins. 

SJ'S TAKE: "I can’t believe we’ve gone this long without the Crime Syndicate, but the wait is over! Ultraman, Owlman, Superwoman, and their evil pals are going to be our next challenge as we travel to Earth 3 at the behest of Alexander Luthor, the “good” version Lex from their world. Inspired by JLA: Earth 2 by Grant Morrison and more recent appearances of the Syndicate, your jaw will drop when you see how horrible this world and its rulers can be." - SJ Mueller, DC Universe Online Creative Director

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT EARTH 3:

  • Earth 3 will be a large-scale episode, included with membership or available for purchase, with an expanded preview for all players. 
  • The episode will feature a variety of singleplayer and multiplayer adventures set on Earth 3. 
  • New Crime Syndicate of America characters will make their first appearances in DCUO, including:
    • Ultraman, Owlman, Superwoman, Johnny Quick, Alexander Luthor, and more. 
  • The episode will launch new player rewards, including new gear, styles, base items, and feats.

EPISODE 30: EARTH 3 will be accessible to members or available for purchase for all players this November on the PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Stay tuned for more info regarding Water and these new episodes. Check out our Youtube channel for videos about this and more!

Source: DC Universe Online