There’s This Dungeon, See, And A Dragon…

3773254971_bc05e3a19bDDO’s servers are down today, as the old DDO is put to pasture and the new DDO Unlimited is ushered into the room.  I haven’t been in DDO for about a week now, mostly because I’ve been waiting for the new patch and busy with life elsewhere — but don’t take that as a lack of excitement, because DDO Unlimited might be the sleeper hit of the year.

Whether Unlimited’s re-launch works the way Turbine hopes is clearly too soon to tell, but they haven’t been hurting for publicity since the announcement a couple months back.  It’s a game that’s consistently been the underdog ever since its 2005 launch, bleeding the initial swarm of lookie-lou’s into a small, 4-server community that’s seen precious little advertisement from Atari and pretty infrequent updates from Turbine (DDO Unlimited brings with it a content patch that players have been waiting for over 9 months).  It doesn’t easily fit into many MMO molds, and is even shunned by various D&D lovers who loathe the Eberron setting or the compromises it had to make to be transformed into a MMO.

Free to play Unlimited carries with it a lot of nervous anticipation — current players still have no idea if their community is going to be bombarded and possibly ripped apart from a huge influx of mouth-breathing (this means something when every group uses voice chat) nitwits, or if their community will grow beyond their wildest dreams and give Turbine more motivation to further developing the game.

So here’s to Unlimited, may its future be considerably brighter than its past.

Check out these hugely hefty release notes!

9 thoughts on “There’s This Dungeon, See, And A Dragon…

  1. Tesh August 31, 2009 / 2:56 pm

    DDO Unlimited looks like it would be the perfect game for me if not for two key problems:

    1. My little girl hates monsters, so I could only play late at night, but I don’t have time to do that.

    2. There is still apparently a heavy group focus, and I’m a confirmed soloer. (Not a huge issue, really; I’d manage to have fun solo anyway.)

    Since both of those are ultimately just on my end, I can’t fault the devs. I really like the core design of the game, and the business model is very agreeable. I wish them well, and if I ever get the time, I may well play the game and even toss them some cash to unlock some adventure modules.

  2. Kaldeem August 31, 2009 / 3:15 pm

    Syp, say I wanted to give DDO a shot, cuz I’m really bored, I just uninstalled Wow with a month left on my subscription. But find that I’m in need of an MMO. War is too laggy and causes my system to crash, and I dont’ have enough cash to start my building/buying my new system. So Free to play is sounding good!! What would you recommend GW or DDO? an Whats biggest difference between the 3 downloads on their page? Also could you recommend a good server to start on?
    I’ve never been a big fan of D & D, but I did play Vampire the masquerade in high school, like 10 years ago. haha.
    Thanks and keep up the great blogging.

    P.s I plan on playing Aion and COL after I get a new system.

  3. Tizlor August 31, 2009 / 3:20 pm

    I would think that the people who play the game still are mouth-breathers hurr hurr

  4. Syp August 31, 2009 / 3:31 pm

    @ Kaldeem – I think both games are great fun, for different reasons. With GW, you don’t really have to buy into any microtransactions, and it caters to the solo player quite well. DDO has more depth, more team-oriented, and better dungeons.

  5. Andrew August 31, 2009 / 4:40 pm

    They gave me 500 points to spend in the store for helping beta test…. that was a nice touch. Still not sure if I’ll take them up on that right yet.

  6. xXJayeDuBXx August 31, 2009 / 6:37 pm

    I did play some during the beta, enough to know that I wish I had given DDO more of a chance. When DDO came out, I was still very unfamiliar with the ruleset.

    After playing a good amount of NWN 2, I now have a small grasp of the rules, at least enough to feel confident of what I am doing in DDO.

  7. Pete S August 31, 2009 / 7:26 pm

    Hey Syp, I just got an email from Turbine. Looks like all past subscribers and beta testers of DDO:EU will be able to play on Sept. 1st.

    I quote:

    “Tomorrow, September 1, 2009, current and former subscribers, as well as recent participants in the closed Beta, will get exclusive unlimited access to play early, and fully experience the new game content and features before the general public is admitted. “

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