DC Universe Online (DUCO) is about to undergo a major overhaul that will bring improvements across all platforms as it prepares for the upcoming launch of the PlayStation 4 next month. DCUO Executive Producer Larry Liberty penned his latest ProducerÂs Letter today to discuss what players can expect with the upcoming release of Game Update 31 (GU31), the first of which is improvements to DCUOÂs graphics.
ÂIn Game Update 31, we have made a combination of art upgrades that, when taken together, offer a significantly improved visual experience. Most notably, the level of detail on textures will be increased throughout the game on PC and PlayStationÂ®4, and thatÂs perhaps nowhere more obvious than when observing the Earth from the Watchtower. We have also taken the opportunity to rebuild areas like Centennial Park in Metropolis and Robinson Park in Gotham City so that the visuals there better match the story being told. And, we have corrected and improved hundreds of details in the environmental geometry throughout the game to bring a better, seamless experience to all players, and these changes will be in effect on all platforms, including the PlayStationÂ®3.Â
Additionally, several of DCUOÂs systems have been redesigned and the core leveling game has been remastered.
ÂYouÂll notice right away that we have improved how characters progress from 1-30. New content presents itself naturally as you level, and there is less chance of getting lost or stuck without a mission. YouÂll also notice that enemies are fighting and acting in more consistent ways throughout the game, that some previously Mentor-specific content can now be attempted by all players regardless of Mentor, that Henchmen, Back-Up, Sidekicks, and Accomplices from Home Turf are now available as soon as Lairs are (and with costs adjusted to suit), that leveling content rewards Marks of Triumph, that side missions are replayable, that open-world bounties are now level 30, and so much more.Â
GU31 is scheduled to hit the PC Test server this week and expected to release for PC and PlayStation 3 in early November. DCUO is also expected to release on the PlayStation 4 within the consoleÂs launch window, which is set for release in the NA on November 15th, 2013 and on November 29th, 2013 in the EU and Latin America.
Source: DCUO GU31 ProducerÂs Letter