Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) has been free to play for more than two years now. Rather than a death knell, the end of monthly subscriber fees in 2009 turned out to be a brilliant decision that boosted the number of users and increased profits. How well are things going for DDO? They just announced a massive new expansion that takes players to the Forgotten Realms.
The current DDO world is Eberron. The 2012 expansion, which will require an initial purchase, will introduce adventures in the Underdark. The primary villains will be the drow and their dark deity, Lolth. Apparently, Lolth’s foul plans opened a link between Eberron and the Forgotten Realms, because players will also get to play in a village in Cormyr, with plans to expand the Realms from there.
In addition to a huge new area to explore, the expansion will raise the level cap to 25 (pretty epic). A new class will be introduced, too — the long-awaited druid.