MMOs are huge, that much is sure. Games like Ultima, Everqest and the famed World of Warcraft have paved the way and really brought the genre into the spotlight, and made them so accessible that everyone’s trying to get in on the massive goodness, pun intended. Over the past years, countless MMORPGs have popped up on the Internet radar – many have seen success, but an equal amount have found themselves downstream without a paddle (Tabula Rasa, anyone?). But even with market saturation in full effect, some companies, for better or for worse, simply refuse to throw in the towel. Sony Online Entertainment is one of those companies.
SOE is no stranger to this genre – if anything they’ve been apart of the scene since the beginning, or at least pretty damn close to the conception of this category of games. They’ve pumped out titles like the aforementioned Everquest as well as Star Wars Galaxies, The Matrix Online, Vanguard Saga of Heroes and Planetside, so needless to say, they’ve dipped their toes into the massively multiplayer waters on more than a few occasions.
Thus, when we heard SOE was publishing DC Universe Online, we here at Piki Geek had mixed emotions. Given their track record (see some of the above titles), we couldn’t help but be a bit concerned about how the final product would turn out. But as videos and more information came down the gaming pipeline, we realized that DCUO’s developers have put a lot of love into the title and have big plans for its post-launch future.
Nevertheless, here we are – D-Day, zero hour. DC Universe Online is here, the collector’s edition is in our hands and we’re pumped to play. So over the next week (or perhaps more), I’ll personally be navigating the streets of Gotham, fighting crime and bringing you a complete journal of what the game has to offer. Think of this as a progress report of sorts. As I traipse through crime-ridden alleys and stoically chiseled cityscapes, I’ll touch on all aspects of the game in an effort to inform you of what you can expect from it before you pick it up.
You can anticipate the first installment in this report to hit later on tonight, so check back at that time for an overview and my first impressions.