On Monday, Sony Online Entertainment invited members of the press to a special sneak peek of the new DLC for DC Universe Online. Any good superhero saga needs alternate realities and general time-and-space-mucking, and that’s at the heart of this new content, which Creative Director Jens Andersen said had been among some of the original conceptual material for the game, envisioned seven years ago.

Appropriately titled Origin Crisis, the DLC pack offers a new power set, new raids, new operations, and a new type of solo PvE content, called Iconic Anomalies, which were the focal point of our guided tour.

Batman and Lex Luthor are conducting simulations to see what would happen if origins of various superheroes and supervillains were altered. In these Anomalies, you’ll take on the role classic DC characters – for the first time in PvE – and explore these possible realities.

Jens ran us through a simulation involving the creation of Superman’s demented clone, Bizarro, utilizing his awesome combo of super strength, ice vision, and heat breath. Next, we got a look at an Anomaly involving the Huntress, which even came with a few moral choices, like do we let the villain live or kill him?

(I know what you’re thinking, but there are no significant consequences to your actions, since this is only a simulation of reality. Sorry, no SWTOR-esque Light/Dark side points, here!)

The end boss in this case was Killer Croc, but Jens explained that that wouldn’t always be the case, specifically mentioning the Scarecrow as another possibility. That adds a nice bit of randomness to the encounter and eases the grind factor.

The group encounters further reinforce the “alternate realities” concept, as players will travel to alternate Gothams and Metropolises to find things very different. For instance, what if Bruce Wayne’s parents had never been murdered? Then Thomas and Martha Wayne would have cleaned up Gotham, making it a virtual crime-free paradise.

No self-loathing villains could stand for that! So it’ll be up to them to see not only that the Waynes meet their grisly fate but to see that young Bruce is brought up by Lex Luthor, who turns the Batman into his corrupt tool.

No self-respecting heroes could stand for that! So it’ll be up to them to “fix” the timeline by making sure young Bruce is never orphaned in the first place… and thus the wheel turns. Similar stories set in Metropolis see Superman as Luthor’s evil pawn or a “good” Lex Luthor buddying up and working alongside the Man of Steel.

Finally, we got a brief peek at the new power set introduced with this DLC: quantum powers. Based around the manipulation of time, space, gravity, and other fundamental forces – with F/X inspired by images of of colliding subatomic particles at CERN – some of the powers warp reality in ways not often seen in video games:

Quantum tunneling is a blink-like power that teleports your character several feet ahead Gravity bomb creates a singularity that pulls enemies toward it A throw power tosses enemies that are behind you in front of you And you can increase the bad guys’ gravity so much that they can’t even move

The expansion is now live on the servers and free for VIP players while $9.99 for all others. I haven’t checked into the game for a while, but this might be enough to get me to take another look – how about you?

By Jason Winter

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  1. otinanai on June 6, 2013

    yeah DCU IS awesome if you dont do pvp

  2. Vinvoro on May 26, 2013

    once again,
    one step for more DLCs
    one step behind for the F2P players……

    and I stopped playing already….
    still a nice game though, maybe I will be back when I am rich !

  3. Ghost on May 22, 2013

    how we can dowenload it ?

  4. Angelicxx on May 20, 2013

    Great article jason keep up the good work:)….Sadens me though i dont even look forward to anything dcuo dose anymore..its becomeing so danm pay to win its not even funny with each dlc\expansion it always add something t give subs\paying players an advantage over f2p players..Like the whole base mechanic only subs\paying players can use supply calls in etc..In they getting ready to add a new tier armor in they havent even made tier 4 armor useable for f2p players absoutly pay to win..It pains me to say that considering this was the first mmo I ever played

  5. Derick on May 18, 2013

    What do you exactly mean By say:Do you need to buy game ?

  6. Eimis on May 18, 2013

    Do u need to buy game when u reach level 5?

    • daniel on May 18, 2013

      hell no! who says that?!

  7. dagudman on May 16, 2013

    Another great article, keep this up Jason.

  8. InDaFaceGr on May 16, 2013

    This is gonna be EPIC I LOVE DCUO!!!!!!!!

  9. jefkill on May 16, 2013

    best dlc ever

  10. chefmadness on May 15, 2013

    DCU is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Stormed on May 15, 2013

    It really is a great game, and the fact that its cross-platform makes it all the better. I may just have resubscribe and finish getting my final tier pvp gear so i can try out the new powers.

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