Favored Souls Bless Dungeons & Dragons Unlimited

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I know its gone from a game we never talk about to a game flooding our coverage lately, but the change to free-to-play has actually piqued my interest in Turbine’s often overlooked Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO). News of the changes coming to the game seem to indicate that the developer is not making the revenue change and resting on its laurels.

Today Turbine released word that its planning to add new content to the title once it transitions to the Unlimited pay model including two adventure packs and a new player class along with tweaks to the game’s action-oriented combat system. The new class, called a Favored Soul, is a form of holy warrior combining martial prowess with lots of spellcasting and healing abilities. Filling a combat niche similar to how a Barbarian relates to a traditional Fighter or Ranger, the Favored Soul packs some pretty specialized power and makes a very good utility class for solo players.

The two new adventure packs – one a wilderness adventure on another plane of existence and the other a crime drama – did not state the levels required to play but based upon descriptions look to fill out the upper tier and mid-range leveling option.

You can find Eva’s discussion with Turbine’s PR Manager Adam Mersky about the changes here.
Details of the full press release are after the jump.

TURBINE unveils new content coming to dungeons & Dragons Online®: Eberron Unlimited™

Turbine, Inc. today unveiled the new content coming to Dungeons & Dragons Online®:  Eberron Unlimited™ (DDO Unlimited). Launching later this summer, DDO Unlimited will introduce an innovative new pricing model that allows players to download and play for free, purchasing adventure packs, items, and account services a la carte from the new DDO Store, or to subscribe to get unlimited access to all of the game’s content. Players interested in getting a sneak peak of the new DDO Unlimited can sign up for a chance to participate in the Beta program at http://www.ddo.com.

The new upgrades to DDO Unlimited include:

Ø New Player Class: Players can now create characters using DDO Unlimited’s newest class, Favored Soul.  Favored souls draw on divine magic to both heal and destroy.  Like clerics, favored souls have access to powerful healing spells, but they are also more skilled with weapons than any other spell caster.   Like sorcerers, they get a larger number of spell points than other spell casters and cannot freely switch spells at taverns or rest shrines.

Ø Raised Level Cap: Players can now advance to 20th-level under the D&D® rules. This includes access to new arcane and divine spells, new character abilities, feats, and skills.

Ø New Adventure Packs:

o The Plane of Battle — Players can now travel to the Plane of Shavarath and explore a large wilderness area as they try to infiltrate several fortresses and upset the carefully laid plans of the Devils.

o The Crime Syndicate — Coin Lord Yorrick Amanatu, who controls the Stormreach Guard, wants players to help him eliminate the growing Sharn Syndicate presence in Stormreach.

Ø The Fiercest Combat – This update introduces some exciting enhancements to DDO’s extraordinary combat experience including a new combat feedback and smart targeting system that gives players even more information and control that lets them fully engage in the battle by relying on their wits and reflexes in real time.

Ø Mind-blowing Visuals – Explore DDO’s vivid and dangerous online world featuring some of the most advanced graphics in the industry with the fully deployed DX10 technology that brings the world to life.

Ø The Return of the Marketplace! – Last year, Turbine held a spectacular live in-game event that resulted in the complete destruction of the Stormreach Marketplace.  The Coin Lords have completed their beautification project and the once desolated Market has been restored to its days as a center for trade, entertainment, and welcome to all who come to Stormreach!

DDO Unlimited is based on the world-renowned DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® franchise of  Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc.® (NYSE: HAS),  under license to Infogrames Entertainment S.A.®  Published by Atari, Inc.®, DDO has been enthusiastically received by many gaming critics, including The New York Times, PC Gamer, Game Informer and many more. For the latest information, please visit www.ddo.com.

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