DC Universe Online's PS4 launch will include companion app and Vita remote play

When DC Universe Online releases for PS4 on launch day, it won't be a simple port of the existing PC/PS3 title. According to creative director Jens Andersen, the game's arrival on PS4 will feature over 2,000 updates designed to make it feel like a brand new experience, along with Vita Remote Play functionality and a new companion app.

"We looked at the opportunity to go to the PS4 as a relaunch of the game," Andersen told VentureBeat. "We've had almost three years now to gather feedback from players who originally bought the game or came in when it went free-to-play, who have given us feedback on what they like and didn't like about the game."

DCUO's original PS3 art assets have been fully upgraded to fit the PS4's increased capabilities. This includes two levels of graphical updates that will feature environments with greater depth and remodeled cities. Andersen also mentions that some of the updates will make gameplay easier, but doesn't go into detail.

The PS4 version's launch will also coincide with the release of a companion app that will allow users to check on their characters, equip items, and keep up with their friends' activities. The app is scheduled to be released later this week.

DCUO will be available on PS4 as a free-to-play title at launch, with no PlayStation Plus subscription necessary.