“We recently added a new Controller power with Light Powers in Fight for the Light – our first DLC pack – and now, we’re going to be adding Electricity Powers into the game,” explains creative director Jens Andersen. “They’re going to fill the role of DPS and also healing. So people will be able to boost up their allies and keep them moving through the fights with their electricity healing.”
The DCUO team is calling the new mechanic Rescue Healing. “Put a charge on someone, and when they reach a certain threshold, they’ll actually get the heal automatically,” says Andersen. “So it’s kind of fire-and-forget stuff. It’s a really cool mechanic.”
But Lightning Strikes’ most interesting new content will likely be found in what the DCUO team describes as a “brand new style of map,” a large scale shared instance that can host up to 50 players at a time. “It takes place in a part of Central City outside the Flash Museum – and 50 players are going to be able to join each other for solo and group content in this shared space,” says Andersen.
Someone has used the Cosmic Treadmill to travel back in time and sabotage Barry Allen’s origin, creating a paradox and giving birth to an army of paradox reapers that are intent on consuming reality around them. Villains will be capitalizing on the chaos for Professor Zoom, while heroes will focus on helping The Flash control the situation.
You won’t have to queue up or anything to enter this shared space, which will be about eight-by-four city blocks in size. In addition to new open world bounties in Gotham and Metropolis, the Lightning Strikes DLC will also introduce a new set of origin storylines. Andersen sets the scene for the first one players will experience: “You get to go back in time to Central City Police Department the night that Barry Allen fatefully got struck with that lightning bolt and became The Flash – and you’re going to have to make sure that he takes on his destiny as The Flash and make sure that happens.”
Although SOE has not announced a specific release date for the Lightning Strikes DLC, you can expect it to launch before the end of the year. Considering that the year’s almost over, the upcoming Flash content can’t be far away. When it does arrive, the Lightning Strikes DLC will be available for $9.99 for all Free and Premium players, but Legendary membership players can expect to receive the new content for free.