Dungeons & Dragons Online Executive Producer Rob “Severlin” Ciccolini has scribed his annual Producer’s Letter for Dungeons & Dragons Online, casting aside the veil of secrecy regarding Standing Stone Games’ plans for the year.
First on the docket is DDO’s 15th Anniversary celebration, which kicks off today with an updated event and new rewards — as well as the old ones, in case you missed them. Everyone will receive two “special gifts,” described as one that “your character will wear as a cosmetic,” while the other is “something your character will equip.” You can use the coupon code HAPPY15DDO to receive them.
Also in today’s update is the final raid in the Fables of the Feywild expansion cycle, The Dryad and the Demigod, hyped as “unlike any other you may have seen before.” Ciccolini teased that it would be a “musical raid,” featuring the work of in-house composer Bill Champagne.
In the spring, look forward to the fourth season of the Hardcore League (with a fifth planned for later in the year) and Update 49, which will present “Indiana Jones-like” adventures as players hunt down lost relics.
Summer will bring DDO’s first “mini-expansion,” in the form of the Classic Adventure, The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh. In addition to a mystery surrounding an alchemist’s mansion, this will bring a new Universal Enhancement Tree, Horizon Walker, which focuses on taking down extra-planar enemies with a bow. And if you’re a Lord of the Rings Online fan who remembers the poor handling of that game’s mini-expansion, Ciccolini says the team has learned from that incident and plans to communicate better and provide more value for VIPs.
In the fall, DDO will receive a set of new adventures, a raid revolving around the Wild Hunt, and updates to the Epic Destiny system to make them more versatile. Other features without a timetable include a new Monster Manual dungeon, festival updates, and “a free dungeon to wrap up the year.”