October 4, 2010

Holy delayed release Batman!

Sony Online Enter­tain­ment annouced today that DC Uni­verse will be pushed back to ear­ly 2011. Here is their state­ment below.

“SOE is ded­i­cat­ed to deliv­er­ing the high­est qual­i­ty game expe­ri­ences pos­si­ble,” says John Smed­ley, Pres­i­dent of Sony Online Enter­tain­ment. “ ‘DC Uni­verse Online’ is the first game of its kind, and a tru­ly mas­sive under­tak­ing — the first action MMO set in the DC Uni­verse, the first MMO on the PlaySta­tion 3, and the first time the entire DC Uni­verse will be acces­si­ble to the mil­lions of fans who are eager­ly antic­i­pat­ing its release. As the game heads into exter­nal beta test­ing, this extra time will allow us to address com­mu­ni­ty feed­back in a mean­ing­ful way. When we get deep­er into exter­nal beta, we’ll be able to share more infor­ma­tion regard­ing the new launch date.”

SOE has also revealed new details regard­ing the beta pro­gram. Play­ers with VIP key cards and those hav­ing reg­is­tered at the DCUO web­site will receive access on a pri­or­i­ty basis start­ing as ear­ly as next week. As an added thank you, every­one that has already pre-ordered the game, and those who do so by Novem­ber 15, 2010, are assured access to beta by Novem­ber 30 (North Amer­i­ca only).

Any­one pre-order­ing the game after Novem­ber 15 will gain beta access one week pri­or to the launch date and will be able to par­tic­i­pate in the spe­cial beta end­ing event enti­tled Bat­tle of the Leg­ends with the rest of the beta par­tic­i­pants. As an addi­tion­al bonus, all beta par­tic­i­pants will be rec­og­nized post release with a spe­cial emblem for their char­ac­ter when the game goes live.  Begin­ning Octo­ber 7, 2010, instruc­tions on how to qual­i­fy and receive your pre-order beta key, vis­it: www.dcuniverseonline.com/betakey.

Those wish­ing to reg­is­ter for beta with­out pre-order­ing have until 11:59pm PST tonight. This is a gen­er­al queue and does not assure access.

Last­ly, due to over­whelm­ing demand from the com­mu­ni­ty, SOE is pleased to announce that a Col­lec­tor’s Edi­tion for the PlaySta­tion 3 will also be released (North Amer­i­ca only), which includes the same items con­tained in the PC ver­sion announced ear­li­er this year — the DCUO Bat­man stat­ue, the lim­it­ed edi­tion Art of DC Uni­verse Online art book, the DCUO Leg­ends Issue #0 com­ic book with a Jim Lee vari­ant cov­er, the DCUO Pres­tige com­ic pre­sen­ta­tion of the DCUO back-sto­ry and the lim­it­ed edi­tion Jim Lee-drawn poster Ver­sion of the Issue #0 com­ic book vari­ant cov­er.

1 comment

  1. AceOfNades69 - October 4, 2010 5:28 pm

    I got­ta say I am a bit torn on this. I was eager to play this and wash away the dis­ap­point­ing mem­o­ries of City of Heroes, but part of me is glad they are doing this bea­cuse I don’t want to see anoth­er COH. The release will just come at a bad time. World of War­craft: Cat­a­clysm will already be dom­i­nat­ing the MMO world and then add to the fact that the new Star Wars MMO will be on its way along with a great look­ing Guild Wars 2. Deci­sions, deci­sions.


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