DC Universe Online: Halls of Power Part II

DC Universe Online launched its 14th DLC pack, Halls of Power Part II, earlier this week on the PC, PS3 and PS4. In this episode, Darkseid seeks to gather up ancient artifacts of the Old Gods and has set his army upon the Celestial City. Both heroes and villains are also being abducted on Earth by Apokolips, who is pitting them against Apokoliptian machinations.

Weekend Bonus on $20 Station Cash Cards

Beginning at 10:00AM PDT on Friday, March 27th, if you redeem a $20 Station Cash Game Card, you will receive 500 Bonus Station Cash! All $20 Station Cash cards feature artwork from Landmark like this one.

These Landmark game cards are available in select locations of the following U.S. retail stores: GameStop, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and Toys R Us.

But hurry! The 500 Bonus SC is only available if you redeem the $20 Station Cash Game Cards between 10:00AM PDT on Friday, March 27th, and 11:59PM PDT on Sunday, March 29th.

The Fine Print:  Bonus Station Cash will ONLY be awarded on the redemption of a $20 Landmark card. Other Station Cash cards are not eligible for this promotion.

Columbus Nova Acquires Sony Online Entertainment

UPDATE: Linda "Brasse" Carlson confirmed there will be no convention this year. "For those asking about SOE Live: we are taking a hiatus from our annual Live event to shift our focus to our exciting transition and the future of Daybreak Game Company."

This morning, Sony Online Entertainment announced that it was acquired by a company called Columbus Nova and will be rebranded as "Daybreak Game Company." SOE will operate as an independant studio and will even branch out into the Xbox platform.

DC Universe Online: 4th Anniversary

Sony Online Entertainment's superhero MMO, DC Universe Online, dinged level 4 on Sunday, January 11th. DCUO launched with fast-paced, physics-based combat, rich story arcs and the ability to play either a villain or hero while pairing up with well-known figures from the DC universe.

Since its launch the game has released a lot of content and features. To celebrate the 4th anniversary, let's take a quick look at how DCUO has grown over the years!

Fight for the Light

September 7, 2011

Fight for the Light was DCUO's 1st DLC, featuring Green Lantern and the introduction of the game’s seventh power set, Light.

In times of great need, the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps would give out “reservist rings” to worthy heroes or enthusiastic villains who will help restore the balance of the universe for their side; these players can be deputized into either Corps and fight alongside legendary ring-bearers. In addition to the new light power set, DCUO players were able to interact with characters and missions based on the Green Lantern mythos in all-new gameplay scenarios.

DC Universe Online: Amazon Fury Part II DLC

DC Universe Online kicks off 2015 with an announcement: the Amazon Fury Part II DLC will be available early this year on the PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. In the 13th DLC, the fight between Wonder Woman, Circe and the Amazon queen, Hippolyta, departs the mortal realm to the divine, where the action intensifies with the arrival of Ares and Hades.

Get Double Station Cash with Game Stop Exclusive

UPDATE:  Amnerys just posted on the EQ2 Forums:

We are experiencing some technical issues with the GameStop promotion in Europe. The European sale will be delayed by one day. You can go ahead and purchase the card already but don’t redeem them too early. Players in Europe should redeem the cards between Saturday, February 25th 12:01am Pacific Time and Monday, February 28th 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Buy SOE Pre-Paid Game Cards at participating GameStop locations now and redeem between Feb 24th and Feb 26th to get Double Station Cash! Redeem in-game or at www.soe.com/gamecards

Game cards must be purchased at Game Stop and must be redeemed between 12:01am Pacific Time 2/24/2012 and 11:59pm Pacific Time 2/26/2012 to qualify for double Station Cash.

The Console Movement: The Future Of The MMORPG?

As the MMO industry gets stuffed with more and more competition, and World of Warcraft keeps eating that competition (kidding!), it seems that all developer eyes are now focused on new paths of innovation to reach different demographics of the gaming world. We've already seen CCP's EVE Online suck up the unemployed Math graduate demographic, SOE's Free Realms and Kingisle Entertainment's Wizard101 are both steadily converting all of our younger gamers to MMO fiends, and I'm sure between BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic and Cryptic's Star Trek Online, most sci-fi gaming fans will be mighty pleased (this could have been you, Star Wars Galaxies!).

Interestingly, however, as other MMO developers think of some great new innovations to stay in the industry, like Funcom's The Secret World and Icarus Studios' Fallen Earth, there is another barely tested demographic that bigger game companies have now set their sights on, and it goes by the name that Final Fantasy XI players have rallied against every time they hear the dreaded issue of "PS2 Limitations." What we're talking about is the console MMO and how it seems to be the trendy new thing for MMO developers.

3rd Comic Icon to be Unveiled at NY Comic Con

As we all know, artist Jim Lee and writer Geoff Johns have been hard at work transferring their knowledge and talent from the pages of DC Comics to the world of DC Universe Online. Well, Sony Online Entertainment has announced in a press release that they will be unveiling the team's third comic book legend at the New York Comic Con on Feb. 7! This third person will help "ensure accurate DC Comics history and story continuity" in the game.

As if that announcement isn't enough to get any comic fan excited, those in attendance at the convention will get the chance to play as villains in DCUO for the first time.

So does anyone have any guesses as to who the third comic icon may be? Also, members of the Allakhazam team (including yours truly) will be in attendance at the NY Comic Con, so we'll be sure to let you know who he/she is after the official announcement.

Creative Director Discusses Movement Powers

Studio Creative Director Chris Cao has posted a new blog entry on the DC Universe Online Myspace page, and this one focuses on movement powers. Who needs a mount when you've got flight, super speed or acrobatics?

According to Cao, flight's going to be more than just a way of getting from point A to point B. It will also give you access to excluse combat powers, like to ability to intercept your enemy or create a sonic boom.

Super speed will allow you to fight and move everywhere, but there's a catch. "Lose control and you can end up in all sorts of interesting places.  Let’s just say that the ceiling ain’t the best place to stop and take a shot. Trust me."

And with acrobatics, prepare to utilize some mid-air control with double-jumps and dashes and use the terrain to your advantage.

You can read Cao's full post here or after the jump.

MMO Calendar Will Benefit St. Jude Hospital

MMO Portal has put together its 2009 MMO Calendar featuring autographed artwork from numerous games. The list includes Age of Conan, DC Universe Online, Dofus, EVE Online, EverQuest II, Free Realms, Guild Wars, Pirates of the Burning Sea, RuneScape, The Agency, Warhammer Online and World of Warcraft.

All of the proceeds go directly to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

Also, everyone who purchases a calendar will be entered to win one of 10 prizes for each game, including boxed copies, premium accounts, 30- and 60-day passes, closed beta accounts and more. More information can be found here.