DC Universe Online
's latest DLC, Origin Crisis
, allows players to fill the shoes of some of their favorite -- and not so favorite -- heroes and villains and fight to keep reality as it is. Thanks to yesterday's update
, players will actually be traveling through time in order to stop a chain of events that might result in entirely new universes and timelines. You'll be bamming and powing your way through content in the hopes that history remains intact.
We sat down with Jens Andersen
, Creative Director of DC Universe Online
, to discuss this special DLC, a pack that has been in planning since the game's conception.
In Origin Crisis, players will work to stop future Batman or future Lex Luthor from destroying reality. None of the outcomes will actually change the standard game experience, so when players go back into the "real" world, they will still be able to interact with Batman and other iconic characters. However, you might be able to witness a future in which Bruce Wayne's parents were never killed but instead lived on to make the city even safer. Players might also meet a Lex Luthor who is a good guy in a different timeline and in a different Metropolis.
Another key feature of the new patch is called Iconic Anomalies. These special simulation missions mark the first time that players will play an iconic hero or villain against NPCs. We watched as Andersen worked his way through one mission -- similar to Neo "jacking in" -- that showed Bizarro resulting from a botched cloning job and fighting off lab assistants. Players will have a tough time in these missions, especially if they do not keep up with counter mechanics and timers. Even Andersen, an ace at the game, had a hard time and died several times.