It would seem that Sony Online Entertainment is adopting DLC content for DC Universe Online, as opposed to the typical expansion pack releases that MMOs usually make. This will mean that content will be relatively less expansive and feature less gameplay changes. This is atypical of MMOs, but its effectiveness may be proven if the content is met with widely positive reception. This could also mean for some interesting strategies in patch releasing, as SOE will still have to deliver an ever evolving experience.
SOE’s first bit of DLC content is titled Fight for the Light, and it features three new missions in the Green Lantern universe. This “sizeable” — as SOE puts it — bit of DLC features three new missions, the ability for all characters to start wielding a light ring, new items, and a bit more. Sony Online doesn’t want every character to turn into a full fledged member of the Green Lantern Corp, so the powers awarded by the ring will be less distinct and be less definitive to a character’s development as some may have hoped.
SOE does still plan on releasing free content to keep the universe seeming ever changing and alive, but they also feel that this DLC route can reward players more frequently and adaptively than yearly updates and expansions can. A release date has yet to be confirmed, but the price point is set at 9.99 for PS3 and PC this summer.
So, is this flexible DLC route something that could be more appropriate for the MMO market, or is this modest update simply not enough for DCUO players out there? Many people have voiced that this content should have been introduced even in the release of the title, but it’s better late than never, right?