DC: Universe Online – 8th Game Update is now available and comes with Research & Development System

Sony Online Entertainment revealed today a new feature that is currently available to all DC Universe Online gamers via the game’s 8th game update. This new feature is the all-new Research & Development (R&D) system, a system that allows players to create new and powerful items. Research & Development brings Equipment Mods – a new type of item that will socket into players’ existing gear to give them a stat and combat rating increase.
Players can use different Equipment Mods to increase various stats, allowing them to further customize their gear to suit their needs. In addition, players will be allowed to make superior consumables that not only restore health and power, but also provide a stat buff.Upon reaching level 10, players will be directed to their respective faction’s R&D contact in the Watchtower or Hall of Doom for an introduction to the R&D system. R&D parts, Stations and Vendors can be found throughout the game so that no matter what players do, they will be able to make use of the new system.There are four elements of this system, including:

-Finding and Researching: Plans to create Equipment Mods to upgrade gear and consumables can be collected throughout the world.
-Gathering: Throughout the open world (including Gotham City, Metropolis and Central City), players (1-30) can find exobytes and other items.
-Salvaging: Players can turn unused, uncommon or rare items into crafting materials, and they can recover a rare item and create a useful piece of new equipment.
-Collecting: Bosses will drop useful ingredients such as Focusing Elements and Plans throughout the game.