Dungeons and Dragons Online: Forging Ahead of Curve
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Adam Mersky on Dungeons & Dragons Online‘s shift to free-to-play. According to Adam, the decision to convert DDO is based on the trend sweeping across the globe from the East. Gamers are moving to free-to-play models with stores offering optional content through micro transactions.Turbine intends to anticipate the move with DDO rather than play catch up.
DDO is an MMO that players can get into quickly and play for hours if they have the time, but unlike Turbine’s other licensed MMO, Lord of the Rings Online, it can be enjoyed in smaller more digestible bites as well. If players only have ten or fifteen minutes, they can log on DDO and still have a good time.
Turbine is working diligently to get the new free content for DDO: Eberron Unleashed out complete with several new features which should get players into the game faster than ever before. Adam mentioned that one day you should be able to create a new character and be adventuring in two minutes. The new DDO download manager will stream content for installation and updating while you’re playing. For any of you who haven’t ever checked out the Eberron setting or want to know what’s new, take a look at the latest Analog Gamer: Robots and Airships for details on the D&D 4.0 update.
The DDO store is opening soon assuring that gamers will have their pick of any must have items. Careful consideration has gone into the offerings as far as balance. Turbine wants to make sure that the biggest wallet doesn’t equal win. You’ll be able to earn points while you play the game or purchase them.
More details on the DDO store follow the break.
DDO is a licensed game based on the Dungeons & Dragon pen and paper RPG. The store will offer additional adventures for you and your companions just as TSR and Wizards of the Coast have offered adventure modules like “Temple of Elemental Evil”, “Queen of the Demon Web Pits” and “Against the Giants” over the years.
You also be able to buy prestigious classes and races like the Monk, Drow and Warforged.
There seem to be a few character customization items as well. It look like the DDO Store links nicely with the traditional D&D RPG. Our parties are always shopping for new gear. Expect to see more details coming out for DDO: Eberron Unlimited by the end of the month