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DC Universe Online Kicks Off Batman Day & Episode 29: Riddled With Crime

Daybreak Games was all set to kick off #BatmanDay tomorrow in the long-running MMO DC Universe Online (DCUO), but Harley Quinn has crashed the party to celebrate her very own #HarleyQuinn25 anniversary!

Starting today, all players who log into DCUO until Sept. 28 can claim the 2017 Batman Day Box for free from the Marketplace. This special gift contains several in-game items, including:

  • Harley Quinn 25th anniversary emblem
  • Batman Day 2017 base item posters:
    • Batman Day 2017 Special Edition #1 (base item poster and large poster)
    • Harley Quinn Batman Day Special Edition #1 (base item poster and large poster)
    • DC Super Hero Girls Batman Day 2017 Special Edition #1 (base item poster and large poster)
  • Batman Day 2017 hoodies:
    • Batman Hoodie 2017
    • Harley Quinn Hoodie 2017
  • Batman black and white statues designed by John Romita Jr. (base item floor and shelf versions)

What’s more, Episode 29: Riddled With Crime is now live in DCUO! A devastating gang war has erupted between the Joker and the Riddler! As Gotham’s most notorious villains choose sides in the battle, players will have to work with Batwoman, Nightwing and Talia al Ghul to keep the conflict from tearing the city apart.

Episode 29 features original missions in a new open-world zone (Amusement Mile Gang War), as well as a new eight-player raid (Gotham City Zoo) and its Elite variant, new four-player operation (Rise of the Bat), two new two-player duos (Turf War: Team Joker and Turf War: Team Riddler), and more.

DC Universe Online Episode 28: Age of Justice Trailer

Daybreak Games has released Episode 28 for the long-running MMO DC Universe Online today. Titled “Age of Justice,” this new episode takes players back through time to 1940s World War II, where a new threat is moving to remake the future by undoing the victories of the past. There, Wonder Woman, the Justice Society, and the high-flying Blackhawks are already in the fight and will require your help to defeat the forces against them.

“Age of Justice” features new enemies, allies, environments, rewards, and much more. This episode also kicks off a new open-world environment, the War-Torn Village, which is available as a preview to all players Level 10+ for a limited time. Episode 28 spans multiple timelines and universes, connecting players with some of the most iconic heroes and villains of the DC Universe.

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britannia_001_cover-a_nordThe weekend is almost here! We’ll be spending it relaxing, at the National Book Festival, and getting ready for New York Comic Con which is in just a few short weeks.

While you await for the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Advocate – Why Queer Characters in Comic Books Matter – A good read.

CBR – Top Cow’s Postal Getting a TV Adaptation at Hulu – A great series and this one will be really interesting.

CBR – DC Universe Online Announces Game-Changing Revamp – How many of you are still playing?

 

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Newsarama – Britannia #1

Newsarama – Cyborg #1

Comic Attack – Horizon #3

Nothing But Comics – Karnak #5

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Postal12_CoverAIt’s a new week and we’ve got an exciting one coming up including Captain America: Civil War hitting theaters in the US and Free Comic Book Day! We’re excited here!

And while we await that awesome, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Beat – A tribute to Shelly Bond: the most mod editor of them all – Great to see such support.

ICv2 – Artist Joe Devito Suing Warner Bros., Legendary – Interesting considering some comic news.

The Beat – NBC/Universal To Buy Dreamworks Animation: You Won’t Believe What They Own! – If you’re wondering what’s at stake in this deal.

ABC News – Cowabunga! Ninja Turtles Are Official NYC Ambassadors – Fill in joke about only being able to afford to live in the sewers here.

Tales of a Tabletop Skirmisher – Speed Force in the Batman Miniature Game – Can’t wait for this release!

Kotaku – DC Universe Online is available for Xbox One – Pretty cool!

 

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Talking Comics – All-New Wolverine #7

CBR – Amazing Spider-Man #11

CBR – Batman #51

Comic Attack – Postal #12

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Yesterday was new comic book day. Did folks read anything they really enjoyed? While you decide on that, here’s some news and reviews to keep you entertained.

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iO9 – Superhero Movies, Ranked – Agree? Disagree?

Kotaku – Bombshells Drop In DC Universe Online – Looks pretty good.

Kotaku – Arkham Knight’s Batgirl DLC Just Isn’t Good Enough – Anyone play this yet?

 

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Comic Vine – Black Canary #2

Tech Times – Black Canary #2

Comic Vine – Hawkeye #22

DC Comics Bombshells Take Command of August including new Digital First Series and Variants

DC Entertainment’s fan-favorite Bombshells designs take center stage in August with an all-new comic book series, the return of the popular variant cover theme, new statues from DC Collectibles, as well as new product offerings from Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Universe Online. The DC Comics Bombshells designs pay tribute to World War II vintage and historical depictions of classic characters. The Bombshells have become a sensation, and now fans can enjoy these wartime characters in new ways.

DC Comics Bombshells will join the Digital First comic line-up with a new ongoing series. Digital chapters will be available starting in July with the first print collection available August 12. Written by Marguerite Bennett and art by Marguerite SauvageDC Comics Bombshells #1 introduces retro-bombshell versions of Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Supergirl in an alternate reality where super-powered female heroes are on the front lines in WWII! The full line of Bombshells characters will be introduced as the story unfolds in the months ahead.

Also in August, the newest wave of Bombshells will be celebrated as the variant cover theme for DC Comics’ periodicals. Following the incredible success of the June 2014 Bombshells theme month, the new selection of variant covers expands to feature a cast of iconic DC characters including Aquaman, Batman, Cheetah, Dick Grayson, Green Lantern, Huntress, Killer Frost, Power Girl, Ravager, Raven, Superman, and Sinestro!

Continuing the success of the bestselling statue line that started the Bombshell phenomenon, DC Collectibles is adding DC Comics’ Cheetah and Killer Frost characters to the Bombshells line. Designed by Ant Lucia and sculpted by Sam Greenwell and Tim Miller respectively, these new statues will hit stores in Spring 2016.

DC Bombshells has truly become a fan phenomenon with a variety of items available from Warner Bros. Consumer Products licensees including apparel and accessories from Bioworld, collectible buttons from Diamond Comics, stylized posters from Quantum Mechanix, stickers from At-a-Boy, and PVC figures from Cryptozoic.

Players of the PC and PlayStation game DC Universe Online can also expect to see playable Bombshells Legends characters, in addition to a unique new Episode for players to jump into action alongside them.

Sony Online Entertainment going Independent

soe_logoToday, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) announced that they were becoming Daybreak Game Company via a purchase by Columbus Nova, a New York based private investment management firm. SOE has been developing games for PC and PlayStation platforms since 1999 with titles including Everquest, DC Universe Online, Star Wars Galaxies, Free Realms, Planetside 2, and most recently H1Z1 which is in early access on Steam and PS4.

This move is most likely good news for gamers as it allows the new Daybreak Game Company to develop for platforms like the Xbox One and mobile. Indeed, the president of Daybreak, John Smedley, said on Twitter today that he “Can’t wait to make Xbox games.” In an announcement on the H1Z1 subreddit , a community manager for SOE, SOE_Legion, stated:

It will be business as usual and all SOE games will continue on their current path of development and operation. In fact, we expect to have even more resources available to us as a result of this acquisition. It also means new exciting developments for our existing IP and games as we can now fully embrace the multi-platform world we are living in.

The terms of the deal have not been made public, but this suggests that the current IPs that are platform exclusive will likely remain so for now but may be expanded in the future. It is tough to imagine that Sony would not want to protect the investment it made in developing titles for its console as long as it can.

In the long run, though, fewer platform exclusives are better for gamers. Having more games available is preferable to fewer and the more developers that are out there the more games there can be. The economics of game exclusives are very complicated, but generally speaking, having your game available to a wider audience should be a good thing for developers. Only one of 2014’s best-selling games, according to NPD, was platform exclusive, and that was Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Even then, NPD combined the sales for the Wii U and 3DS versions.

Some fans of SOE/Daybreak may be concerned that this independence is coming via an equity firm and the business decisions that implies could be detrimental to their game experience. To those gamers, I would suggest cautious optimism. Columbus Nova’s Senior Managing Partner is Jason Epstein who was instrumental in Harmonix regaining its independence from Viacom (pun intended). Since regaining independence, Harmonix released the new games A City Sleeps, the well-received Fantasia: Music Evolved, successfully crowd-funded the remake of Amplitude, announced the new IP Chroma, and teased a possible new Rock Band. Based on Smedley and SOE_Legions comments, the Daybreak team seems excited about the possibilities that independence will grant the studio and Columbus Nova’s involvement should not overly concern existing fans.

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So, for those who got this week’s new comics, what’s everyone think? Any good ones? Any duds?

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iO9 – 10 Superman Villains Who Really Aren’t in the Man of Steel’s League – Pretty fun.

Kotaku – DC Universe Online‘s next DLC means nothing without playable cats – Amen.

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Comic Vine – Batman #26

CBR – Batman #26

Comic Vine – Cable and X-Force #17

Comic Vine – Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man #2

Comic Vine – Cataclysm: Ultimates #2

Comic Vine – Green Lantern Corps #26

Comic Vine – Justice League #25

Comic Vine – Justice League 3000 #1

ICv2 – Mark Waid’s The Green Hornet Vol. 1 TP

Comic Vine – Marvel Knights: Hulk #1

CBR – The Midas Flesh #1

Comic Vine – Nova #11

Talking Comics – Star Wars #12

Comic Vine – Star Wars #12

Comic Vine – Suicide Squad #26

Comic Vine – The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #6

Comic Vine – Superman/Wonder Woman #3

Comic Vine – Uncanny X-Men #15.INH

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So how’s everyone’s weekend going? Who’s playing with their new Playstation 4?

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Bleeding Cool – Increased Buzz The Walking Dead Spin-Off Series May Be A Prequel – This could be the shark jumping point.

Kotaku – DC Universe Online Isn’t Like Other PS4 Launch Titles – But is it better?

Mashable – Batkid Was Beautiful — Let’s Keep It Going – Fantastic to see the response. Hope we see more of this.

DC Universe Online Announces Origin Crisis

DC Universe Online is still going on I guess. The video game has announced some new DLC Origin Crisis. The seventh DLC pack for the game has heroes behind Batman and villains behind Lex Luthor to preserve or prevent the origin of various characters. There will also be a new power set, Quantum, will also be in play, giving users the ability to “Manipulate time, control gravity and twist the very fabric of space itself!”

Our focus in Origin Crisis and what makes me so excited to finally share it with you is the return of deep, comic book storylines and challenging group content. In Origin Crisis, this means two new Origin Operations per faction, in alternate versions of Gotham City and Metropolis, and two powerful Raids across time itself. Timelines are distorted, the past is in ruins, and the future is in jeopardy.

How would Gotham City and Metropolis change if Batman’s and Superman’s origin stories were fundamentally…different? You’ll get to find out. You’ll get to stand in Crime Alley on that fateful night when the Waynes were gunned down in front of a young Bruce. You’ll get to storm the House of El to reach the rocket destined to carry Kal’El to Earth. And then you’ll get to decide – what actions will you take to tip these events toward the side of good or evil?

Then you’ll follow Future Batman or Future Lex Luthor in a war across time and against each other to alter the origins of countless iconic heroes and villains. But there is a cost to corrupting time, and a greater threat lurks within – the Paradox created as a result of your actions. Only you have the power to stop it before it destroys reality itself. Will you survive the Paradox Wave?

Sounds like some potentially cool DLC.

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