[Jun 24, 2009, 09:35 am ET] - Share - Viewing Comments
Turbine announces upcoming changes planned for Dungeons & Dragons Online:
(DDO Unlimited), and sends along a reminder that players
interested in beta testing the free-to-play version of DDO can do so on
the official website
. Here are the new features:
» New Player
Class: Players can now create characters using DDO Unlimited’s newest class,
Favored Soul. Favored souls draw on divine magic to both heal and destroy. Like
clerics, favored souls have access to powerful healing spells, but they are also
more skilled with weapons than any other spell caster. Like sorcerers, they get
a larger number of spell points than other spell casters and cannot freely
switch spells at taverns or rest shrines.
» Raised Level Cap: Players can now advance to 20th-level under the D&D®
rules. This includes access to new arcane and divine spells, new character
abilities, feats, and skills.
» New Adventure Packs:
o The Plane of Battle -- Players can now travel to the
Plane of Shavarath and explore a large wilderness area as they try to infiltrate
several fortresses and upset the carefully laid plans of the Devils.
o The Crime Syndicate -- Coin Lord Yorrick Amanatu,
who controls the Stormreach Guard, wants players to help him eliminate the
growing Sharn Syndicate presence in Stormreach.
» The Fiercest Combat – This update introduces some exciting enhancements
to DDO’s extraordinary combat experience including a new combat feedback and
smart targeting system that gives players even more information and control that
lets them fully engage in the battle by relying on their wits and reflexes in
» Mind-blowing Visuals – Explore DDO’s vivid and dangerous online world
featuring some of the most advanced graphics in the industry with the fully
deployed DX10 technology that brings the world to life.
» The Return of the Marketplace! – Last year, Turbine held a spectacular
live in-game event that resulted in the complete destruction of the Stormreach
Marketplace. The Coin Lords have completed their beautification project and the
once desolated Market has been restored to its days as a center for trade,
entertainment, and welcome to all who come to Stormreach!
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||Re: DDO Unlimited Plans
||Jun 24, 2009, 16:01
|Valid points Stormsinger. They do make it look and feel like they *should* be saying "unrestricted", but that's why marketers make good coin I guess.
So, they had and lost me in one reading. Was hoping for this to be more like, buy the DDO client, play "unrestricted" with VIP's getting perks to justify their monthly's (which I can totally understand), buy modules/expansions to further your quests and Turbines profits... I guess like Guild wars.
As far as Flagshipped, sure, there was a SP component that was buggy as crap and WAY behind the online patches, as well, if you wanted to play coop, which is what is really fun about a "diablo" type game, then you HAD to go online. Then you had the free vs subscriber war.
Anyways, got caught up in the marketing BS and misinterpreted the "plan". Thanks for clarifying my misunderstanding. It is a cute ploy to get more people on the servers for sure, but, if you never really plan to go beyond paying for the client and Modules/Expansions (ala GW) then I don't see the point.