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DISCLAIMER: I am in no way a game developer or one to be. I am an Audio Engineer and don't have a clue about game development. But I am an 11 year vet of MMORPGs and a lifetime reader and fan of DC comics ( I am only 30 but I have read DC since I was a wee one). So these are just IDEAS of what I would like to see and what I think could make the game better. Here we go....
First thing is first, I would keep about 10 million to the side so i could be set the rest of my life.
Next? I would go to SOE and say "I want to invest 90 million dollars into DCUO but on 2 conditions. 1, I oversee the project and have the final say (SOE has no say in a combat upgrade or w/e shit they wanna do to mess things up) and 2, the changes would only be made and developed for the PC version"
Where would I start?
I like Jens Anderson. He would stay as well as most of the current DCUO team. Kao got the boot already (i know he "Quit" but we know the real story) and that is the only thing I probably would have done had he still been there. Next.
Well the story and content really aren't the problem. I would just need to add more of it. Maybe up the level cap to 50. I would bring back all the voice actors and quest writers and add 20 more levels worth of content. Next.
The UI blows. COMPLETE REWORK. Bring the UI into modern day standards and not console standards. Add the function of using more than 6 powers at a time. Better chat and so on. Next.
The character creation is pretty bad. COMPLETE REWORK. I would add way more costume parts, color combos, and of course body types. You would be able to use sliders to determine your body size (like CoH/CO). Also, tails would act like tails and not plastic toy parts.
The Classes. COMPLETE REWORK. This is the largest thing they really messed up on." I want to be like superman but I have to take fire as a power set.....I am not forced to use it but i am gimp if i don't" <--------sounds really messed up huh? I would add classes that related to DC characters. For example i would take Ice and break it down into two categories. One would be Captain Cold like where you use technology to create ice and one would be the character "Ice", who creates it out of thin air. A projectiles class could be broke down into two like Green Arrow and Captain Boomerang. See where this is going? More classes could be:
-Speedsters- Use speed to damage foes (Flash, Zoom, and so on)
-Aerial Assault- People who attack from the air (Hawkman, Adam Strange, and so on)
-Might- people who use strength to build or destroy (Supes, Solomon Grundy, and so on)
-Lantern- Green or Yellow lanterns (Hal Jordan, Sinestro, and so on)
-Growth- Characters who can enlarge their body (Atom Smasher, Giganta)
There are many I could spit out...again these are just ideas.
Travel Powers. I would add some travel powers to the game. The main one I can think of right now is teleportation. Now, who can i relate that to you ask? Mirror Master. Another is an offshoot of speed, "Small Vehicles" that being like motorcycles and such. The same could be applied to flight. Lets just say A LOT could be done to make travel powers more Spicy.
After a year of reworking the game to make it an amazing MMORPG, I would re-release it. I would give 2 free months of play to anyone who purchased the game so that they could come and see the changes.
Please know, I love DC Comics and was very hurt when this game turned out like it did. We know that SOE doesn't have the money now to really fix this game and that is what kills me. They actually had the nerve to release a "content update" trailer at E3.....I am suprised they had the nerve to show their face at all. Even with the free gameplay right now with SOE games, DCUO is still a ghost town. If you guys have ideas of your own about what you would do with a 100 million dollars, please feel free to post. I would like to see what you guys would do!