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DCUO: Auction Houses and chat improvements to be addressed soon, says SOE

Saturday, 15th January 2011 20:26 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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DC Universe Online’s game director, Chris Cao, has promised that the “first update” released for the game will include Auction Houses.

Speaking with Massively, Cao said Auctions didn’t make it into the game at launch due to the UI and fonts.

“We’re actually working on it right now,” he said. “We had some issues in beta with making sure that fonts were readable and the UI was working well. We’ve worked hard to fix those things, and [it is] basically the very next thing on the docket to get out to all of you.

“You have stuff in your bags, and you need a way to trade it — we understand that.”

Cao also said the next update should help improve the “chat and social interactions” and that more polish is planned for “some usability issues for chat and social things”.

“Things like making sure you can set your default chat channel instead of having /g to talk to group, being able to more easily control which channels you’re in, improving push-to-talk on the controller,” he said. “Basically there are some little things that we need to do to make it easier for you, in that sense of things. Audience-wise it’s interesting because there’s actually quite a bit of shout-casting going on for the PS3 right now, as MMO players who have been on the PC come over and teach social conventions to the PS3 guys.

“They need to know that since they’re not used to [a game in which] everyone in a city can actually hear, they can shout out and hopefully get some people to help, or ask a question. I think half of that is not just the UI, but also people getting accommodated to this kind of game.”

DC Universe Online launched in the US on Tuesday, and yesterday in Europe. SOE has added two more servers to the EU to meet “overwhelming demand” being placed on the current servers. It did the same with PvP servers in the US.

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  1. Gekidami

    Did the game officially come out in the UK yesterday? The date here seems to be the 19th, yet its on sale everywhere anyway.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    @1 Did it just launch in Europe then?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    No idea when it came out exactly. Some places say its just “out” and others say its for the 19th. I can only guess that it came out on the 14th like in the UK and those other places are wrong.

    And where are the reviews for the game?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. revolting

    14th (Friday) was the official European launch date.

    Also, Chris Cao writing off a lot of the PS3 issue as people grumbling because they (console gamers) are not used to an MMO environment is fairly hilarious; most of the PS3-related grumbles I’ve seen are coming from people who are veteran MMO players and are bent out of shape precisely because things don’t work the way they should. And I’m with “not working the way they should”, I’m not talking about game mechanics that have been geared towards a console, here, those are fine once you get used to them – it’s basic structural things like chat functionality and appalling graphics degradation (terrible texture load in times when things get busy, and still incredibly muddy looking even when they have loaded in fully, regular reoccuring freezes) which are the causing biggest headaches at the moment. The PS3 version (which I’m playing) has a lot of technical shortcomings at the moment, and none of them are because of the platform in question or the platform’s users not being of the right mindset.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. KAP

    I’m really enjoying this on the PS3.. no complaints from me.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. revolting

    Oh, it’s enjoyable, no doubt about that. There are some very jarring issues, though, the bizarrely counter-intuitive chat being at the top of the list. At least they’ve acknowledged it, though… it’s just unfortunate and questionable that CC appears to be passing it off as a user error as much as a design issue.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. ivycrew707

    Will they let you keep your beta character?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Hunam

    Beta’s characters got wiped at the end of beta.

    #8 4 years ago