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[Interview] DC Universe Online: Jens Andersen on Bringing DCUO to the PS4

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,649MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

In the next couple of weeks, big changes will come to the world with the launch of the Playstation 4. DC Universe Online players will also benefit from the console's launch as PS4 players will flood into the game. We caught up with Jens Andersen to talk about what's new with the game, the PS4 launch and what PS3 players can expect as well. Read on!

The biggest thing that Jens stressed was the team’s willingness to work on the PS4 launch and how much Sony supported them in the effort. There are always high expectations for the next generation games on the new consoles and DC Universe was able to meet those criteria. Even minor elements like the new controller were adapted and added to make for a better experience. Jens explained that once you get out of the tutorial there are two massive cities you have to explore. The team was able to make the entire world work within the new platform. Jens also stressed that you do not need a PlayStation Plus account to play.

Read more of Garrett Fuller's DC Universe Online: Jens Andersen on Amazing Changes Coming to the Game.

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  • TalonsinTalonsin Posts: 1,478Member Uncommon
    Why would "PS4 players will flood into the game"?  I would bet a majority of the PS4 buyers already own a PS3 and have already made a decision about this game.  The only people who might actually come "flooding in" are new PS buyers who dont own a PS3 and dont play games on or own a  computer.  Everyone else who would be interested would have already tried this game.  Could you elaborate on your use of the phrase "flood into the game" and maybe provide some basis for that statement?
  • NadiaNadia Canonsburg, PAPosts: 11,866Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Talonsin
    Why would "PS4 players will flood into the game"?

    maybe due to the lack of games available on PS4 release?

  • SchockeySchockey Urbandale, IAPosts: 58Member
    Surge would be the proper term. I played on PC and liked it. I do not own a PS3,  I will be playing on PS4. I am actually looking forward to it.
  • MirathelMirathel Colton, CAPosts: 92Member Uncommon
    do any of our accounts from pc or ps3 carry over or will it be a "clean slate"?
  • TalonsinTalonsin Posts: 1,478Member Uncommon
    I see you changed the line.  Thank you for removing the marketing speak.
  • NadiaNadia Canonsburg, PAPosts: 11,866Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Mirathel
    do any of our accounts from pc or ps3 carry over or will it be a "clean slate"?

    PC is seperate

     

    PS3 and PS4 play on same servers

    http://www.gamespot.com/articles/dcuo-on-ps4-will-allow-cross-play-with-ps3/1100-6415895/

    PlayStation 4 will allow cross-platform play with PlayStation 3. DCUO senior creative director Jens Andersen said during a phone interview with GameSpot this morning, "As a PS4 launch title, cross-compatibility, getting all of our console players on the same server, is a major priority."

    "We realize not everyone will be upgrading to a PS4," Andersen says, "but for players that do, we want them to be able to maintain the progress of their characters and still play with all of their friends."

     

  • Tenaka30Tenaka30 StevenagePosts: 49Member Uncommon

    Cheers Nadia.

     

    Think I'll give this game another shot on the PS4.

  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing Editor Berea, OHPosts: 2,377MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

    Just for reference, we also said the same thing about cross-server play.  :)

    So what does the PS4 do for DC Universe Online? On a strategic level the game now can grow in the console space. Jens is really happy with the new horizons for the consoles and DC will be part of it right from the beginning. That being said he stressed the point to players that they will continue to develop the game for the PS3. They plan to fully support the PS3 and those players will share the servers with the PS4 players. They were happy to keep all the players on the same servers. Jens said the new generation of consoles brings some power to the table. Because DCUO was developed for the PC originally, it fell right in line with the PS4. The PS4 is akin to the PC in a lot of ways and gave the developers an advantage.

     

  • maskedweaselmaskedweasel houston, TXPosts: 7,277Member Uncommon
    This game has a soft spot in my heart.. I really like playing it and try to revisit it every once in awhile.  Really happy to see it on the PS4,  but if Sony planned to give it any future,  they kind of had to.    Looking forward to see where they go from here.

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  • ArglebargleArglebargle Austin, TXPosts: 1,419Member Uncommon

    It's an MMO for consoles, of course they should be pushing it for the PS4.  Especially at launch, when fewer titles will be available, just by the nature of things.  The PC keyboard and mouse implementation was pathetic, making this a controller only game, unless your tolerance for bad UI was very high.

     

    Is Superman still an Ice Tanker?

    If you are holding out for the perfect game, the only game you play will be the waiting one.

  • vmopedvmoped Athens, GAPosts: 1,708Member
    Originally posted by Talonsin
    ...  The only people who might actually come "flooding in" are new PS buyers who dont own a PS3 and dont play games on or own a  computer...

    I own a gaming pc and plan to play this on the ps4.  I have other mates in the same boat who plan to as well.  We may not be a flood, but I doubt we are the only ones.

    Cheers!

    MMO Vet since AOL Neverwinter Nights circa 1992. My MMO beat up your MMO. =S

  • goldtoofgoldtoof leedsPosts: 337Member
    I get why ps2 is going with separate servers as the ps4 guys will have a big disadvantage vs mice, joysticks and xp'd up players, but I don't get why dcuo needs to separate players.
  • GinazGinaz Calgary, ABPosts: 1,731Member Uncommon
    I can't see how a 3 year old game that flopped when it released, probably holding the record for fastest MMO to shift from p2p to f2p, is going to do any better just because its on a new console.  Failed MMOs don't get second chances at success.

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  • GelthidorGelthidor Kuna, IDPosts: 37Member
    Originally posted by Ginaz
    I can't see how a 3 year old game that flopped when it released, probably holding the record for fastest MMO to shift from p2p to f2p, is going to do any better just because its on a new console.  Failed MMOs don't get second chances at success.

    Most would say that FF14 was a failure...but ARR is actually pretty fun

  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,572Member Uncommon

    It will do very little for this game - PS4s are going to be few and far between for at least a couple of more years, as there's a TON of PS3s out there that will gradually shift over to PS4 over time. 

    The idea that the vast majority of PS3 owners will get a PS4 immediately is simply false.

    There are 77 million PS3s in the world - Sony is hoping (best case scenario) to sell 5 million PS4s in 2013 - that's not even 6.5% of the total PS3 market.

    Think about it.

     

  • DragimDragim Boring, KSPosts: 867Member

    Well dang, I was hoping that I could use my PC account/characters on ps4 servers.

    Schucks!

    I am entitled to my opinions, misspellings, and grammatical errors.

  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid hell, NJPosts: 6,787Member Uncommon
    i mostly played DCUO on PC. I Switched to the PS3 version because it has a lot more people (according to every article that talks about it) but i had to go back to the PC version because the PS3 version is way to slow loading and it feels and fps feel way below 30fps. I'll definitely give the PS4 a try to see how smooth it is. But im not buying the same DLCs again so ill probably just stay on PC anyway.

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  • firefly2003firefly2003 Los Angeles, CAPosts: 2,555Member
    I really enjoyed this game on PC, but since I dont have the All-Access Pass anymore Ive been downgraded to a Silver player, which with the silly money cap in place that should be unlockable by buying the unlock in the store. so I stopped playing.. Other than it coming to PS4 did they upgrade the graphic engine or something for the PS4 release?

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  • firefly2003firefly2003 Los Angeles, CAPosts: 2,555Member
    Originally posted by Gelthidor
    Originally posted by Ginaz
    I can't see how a 3 year old game that flopped when it released, probably holding the record for fastest MMO to shift from p2p to f2p, is going to do any better just because its on a new console.  Failed MMOs don't get second chances at success.

    Most would say that FF14 was a failure...but ARR is actually pretty fun

    APB and The Old Republic hold the records for the fast pay to play to f2p shift.

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  • GinazGinaz Calgary, ABPosts: 1,731Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by firefly2003
    Originally posted by Gelthidor
    Originally posted by Ginaz
    I can't see how a 3 year old game that flopped when it released, probably holding the record for fastest MMO to shift from p2p to f2p, is going to do any better just because its on a new console.  Failed MMOs don't get second chances at success.

    Most would say that FF14 was a failure...but ARR is actually pretty fun

    APB and The Old Republic hold the records for the fast pay to play to f2p shift.

    Pretty sure DCUO went to f2p quicker than TOR.

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    Is a man not entitled to the herp of his derp?

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  • GinazGinaz Calgary, ABPosts: 1,731Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Gelthidor
    Originally posted by Ginaz
    I can't see how a 3 year old game that flopped when it released, probably holding the record for fastest MMO to shift from p2p to f2p, is going to do any better just because its on a new console.  Failed MMOs don't get second chances at success.

    Most would say that FF14 was a failure...but ARR is actually pretty fun

    ARR is pretty fun...but, from what I'm told, its a much different game than it was before.  Same can't be said for DCUO.

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    Is a man not entitled to the herp of his derp?

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  • skeaserskeaser Wichita Falls, TXPosts: 3,849Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Ginaz
    Originally posted by firefly2003
    Originally posted by Gelthidor
    Originally posted by Ginaz
    I can't see how a 3 year old game that flopped when it released, probably holding the record for fastest MMO to shift from p2p to f2p, is going to do any better just because its on a new console.  Failed MMOs don't get second chances at success.

    Most would say that FF14 was a failure...but ARR is actually pretty fun

    APB and The Old Republic hold the records for the fast pay to play to f2p shift.

    Pretty sure DCUO went to f2p quicker than TOR.

    DCUO released 11 Jan 2011, went F2P 1 Nov 2011.

    TOR released 20 Dec 2011, went F2P 15 Nov 2012.

    APB is more complicated released 29 Jun 2010, closed on 16 Sep 2010, re-released 6 Dec 2011.

  • Po_ggPo_gg Twigwarren, WestfarthingPosts: 2,727Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by skeaser
    Originally posted by Ginaz
    Originally posted by firefly2003
     

    APB and The Old Republic hold the records for the fast pay to play to f2p shift.

    Pretty sure DCUO went to f2p quicker than TOR.

    DCUO released 11 Jan 2011, went F2P 1 Nov 2011.

    TOR released 20 Dec 2011, went F2P 15 Nov 2012.

    APB is more complicated released 29 Jun 2010, closed on 16 Sep 2010, re-released 6 Dec 2011.

    Loremaster's ( I mean skeaser, nice sig :) ) right, APB crashed and burned, and the Reloaded version which is f2p.

     

    As for DCUO, it's a fun little game, I still play it occasionally on PC, even after SOE gave us away to P7S1... but some comments to the interview:

    in the headline  "PS4 players will flood into the game"   - they will flood the PS3 servers (as it's cleared later)

    "They were able to address the leveling curve from one to thirty and make it much better and smoother."  - khm, the leveling curve which was already jumpstarted you to 30 in less than a week? :)

    "the game now can grow in the console space"  - as if it wasn't the case right now... maybe Smed said last year somewhere, that more than 70% of the players are on the PS3 servers

    "Because DCUO was developed for the PC originally"  - strange, I remember it was SOE's definite plan to make an mmo for the PS3, but of course maybe my memories are wrong. On the other hand, just look at the UI, it was the worst one on the market from a PC player's POV - but then Defiance came and won that title :)

     

    Don't get me wrong, I like this move (though I'd never play on console), the upgraded graphics are cool, with a growing playerbase there's a chance for more DLC's, new powersets maybe, etc. It was only weird and funny to read, that SOE's flagship console mmo will arrive on Sony's next-gen console as expected, but the interview sounds like it will be the biggest thing since sliced bread :)

  • thunderCthunderC miami flPosts: 473Member Uncommon
    I'll defintly be giving this a try again when & if (did not preorder a ps4) i get my hands on a ps4. The thing that really turned me off to this game was the muddy textures on the ps3 (Yes im a graphics whore) But the game itself was fun.
  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,222Member Uncommon

    I looked at their site. The game looks like it might be fun, but their payment model is lame. It's the kind you have to sub to in order to play the full game. No thanks. SoE should update it to they monetize EQ2.

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