DC Universe Online arrives Jan. 11

Sony Online Entertainment's superhero-themed MMORPG swoops onto PC, PS3 less than two weeks into the new year; EU debut set for Jan. 14.

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Comic book-loving gamers got some good news this morning, when Sony Online Entertainment announced a hard release date for DC Universe Online. The PlayStation 3 and PC massively multiplayer role-playing game will ship on January 11 in North America, with a European release date three days later. The game is currently in a closed beta on both platforms.

DC Universe Online finally has its date with destiny.

The game will retail for $50 on the PC and $60 for the PlayStation 3. Also available is a $100 collector's edition, which contains a batman figurine, an art book, a Geoff Johns-penned prequel comic, and the first issue of a new DC Universe Online comic book. In terms of subscription, DC Universe Online will cost $15 per month, although the first 30 days of play are included in the game's purchase price..

Previously scheduled to launch last month, DC Universe online was delayed in October by SOE. Set within the DC Comics world, the game will let players create a superhero or villain and fight alongside or against iconic comic book characters, such as the Joker, Batman, Superman, and others. It was developed under the creative direction of famed comic book artist Jim Lee.

For more on DC Universe Online, check out GameSpot's most recent preview.

Discussion

186 comments
Human-Pheonix
Human-Pheonix

As long the deduct the money from my PSN account I'm not complaining. This will be my first MMO game and as long it's super cool I'm going to play for a very long time.

Caduceus89
Caduceus89

I don't mind paying the monthly fee; its the $64.19 upfront cost that has me ticked. That's 4 months of service right there!

linardi
linardi

I think they should have month packs, like you should be able to buy 3 months, or 6 months and so on. I think it would make it easier, rather than having them take $15/£9 out of your bank account every month.

savagetofu
savagetofu

I think a $15.00 fee per month is too much. They should try to compete buy making it cost $5.00 or even $10.00 per month. Then again I don't play Wow. I would agree that Little Big Planet has a better set up. I am much happier to buy an extra level or costumes for $5-$10 especially when it is a marvel superhero pack. I am dc fan boy too so hopefully lbp will be getting at least some dcu costumes. I will be purchasing LBP2.

Azorean269
Azorean269

The mmos that charge these fees have more respect in my opinion that the pay to play because they are not robing you. You pay for what you get and what you want extra. These games can be smarter than that and have like a development of a brand new city that cost a one time download fee of 20.00. That is something more respectable that a monthly fee. Because i'm going to be honest with you these developers and corporations are trying to take advantage, and the sad part is there succeeding in robing players. The worst part is that it's normally younger players that they are taking advantage of. Sorry for the blank space again.

Azorean269
Azorean269

@AMCoreX I wasn't trying to attack your post. Many people think that i'm just against charging for an MMO when i'm not. I've spent more money on mab-whatever (again one day i will learn the proper spelling) than i probably should of but i love the pets and there inventory takes care of the extra storage issue. What i am against are these blind fees. Unfortunately DCU, WOW or any other game do this purposely. The micro-transaction fees would more than cover the cost of servers and people working on the games. You pay for updates that actually affect game play. The other way you don't know if 5 dollars is going as profit or as development fees. But it just doesn't have to be micro-transactions it could be a fee for additional characters, a fee to reset skills incase you screwed up and don't like the development, a fee for a secret hideout for a guild, a fee for storage upgrade.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@Azorean269, I know what you mean but there is some things you need to understand. The most of the money is going to pay the bills of this game. I don't want to keep arguing with you because I know you other important things to do so I am going to stop bothering you. Sorry if I wasted your time and enjoy your future gaming days.

AMCoreX
AMCoreX

@Azorean269 Sorry I didn't make my post clearer before, I do agree with half of what your saying, but I think that after the monthly fee, such things of micro transactions should only be done for extras that they make that don't change the outcome of your actual game play, I never have and never will play an MMO that says you can pay for items other than appearance changes which they (DCUO) have very strictly posted, and neither will the majority of MMO players because they know the game itself will not last long, so they won't waste their time. Of course developers are going to try and fork you out for as much as they can, yes there is a issue of developers realizing the potential money to make from paying more and more for games, but only to an extent, but I doubt it will go any further than MMOs, some developers will attempt it, and fail because no one will pay monthly for anything else because the population would be so weak for whatever games such as CoD for example etc who have already mentioned considering it, but stood against it because they themselves know it just would not be successful. ( I do apologize if this post is a bit messy, I am so exhausted and only just sobering after a large amount of intoxication, a pointless mention but a suitable excuse if my post is difficult to read)

Azorean269
Azorean269

@Ex-DarkBlade I said this before but i figured it i mentioned you specifically it would get your attention. Imagine all the $15 they get from just 100 players a month. Where is the break down in this game with how much is being pocketed. you cannot see that and this is very suspicious. at least with games like Mabi-whatever (one day i will learn to spell that name). You see what you pay for. Games like this are preying on the players, and we as gamers have a chance to stand up against this type of abuse and say we are being taken advantage of and were not going to pay for blind pricing. Imagine how much power we as gamers have. If sales of this game are low developers will think twice about trying to rob players.

Azorean269
Azorean269

@AMCoreX your comment is understandable but you don't (sorry about the blank one, computer glitches) but you haven't even made an attempt to answer my previous arguments about having fees for additional characters, improved storage, guild fees or anything else that i mentioned. Those fees would be a visual representation of what your paying for not a blind fee that you pay monthly with no visual compensation. Games like Vindictus which is a great awesome MMO is free to play with an item mall. It's counter part Mabi-whatever is also a very great MMO that is free. It charges for items that dye cloths or extra storage. This is a great MMO and all MMO's should follow these games as guidelines. MMO's like WOW or this DCU are just trying to take your money using false pretexts like server management and the likes. Eventually other developers are looking at this and soon will charge monthly fees to play any online game. The amount of pay to play games has increased over the past couple of years. And to answer your question about the fees imagine the amount of money there making from lets say 100 players. Where is the breakdown

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@blackace, do you noticed that your opinions in most of articles are often disagreed upon more than my opinions? I don't understand why you defend Xbox Live, really, who loves paying additional $60 a year for internet connection? I can get online and netflix in Wii and PS3 for free.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@Azorean269, I understand your opinion as well but like AMCoreX said, they need the money. This game's fee is not like the Xbox Live fee, where the main purpose is to get your money. I bet after a year, they'll lower the fees. Enjoy your day.

blackace
blackace

Ex-DarkBlade @blackace, btw, I love your thumb downs on my comments. ********************************************************* lol!! Good. I'm sure others will oblige.

AMCoreX
AMCoreX

@hellishchild Yeah they have already said this game revolves pretty much all of it on its end game content, so even though everything you see now is impressive, this actually is the smaller things they just want to use to interest you in so you come and play to get to the real deal type stuff, or SO THEY SAY anyway, I never trust MMOs but this really does look very promising.. never showed interest in it because I am completely over MMOs until I actually looked into everything about the game.

AMCoreX
AMCoreX

@Azorean269 Although your opinion is understandable, its a little more complicated than that, it honestly depends on how big the population of players, you do have to pay a fee to play each month, but you do have to realize that MMOs like this do cost a lot more to make than any other normal games like FPS or adventure games. (bare in mind that there are bad MMOs that are made within a year and was not expensive to make and expect fees when they are just pure failure, like age of conan) this game has been in production for over 5 years, and if you have seen the amount of the game that I have, they have put a LOT of effort into making sure this game is near perfection, and this game is only made with its starting progress that is the equivalent of any other big game, they have to keep near ALL the creators of this game in work, to make more and more things for the game to progress, otherwise its a online game that is going to be played for a few hours, u finish then u throw it away. these costs go to the workers they HAVE to keep employed in order to continue making the game, the servers up (which good ones ARE expensive to run), and after all of that make a profit, they will probably not start making a profit until probably around 6 months of the games release, with the amount of players that have bought it already, and the people that are waiting to hear what its like etc.. its a very risky move making giant MMOs like this.

Azorean269
Azorean269

@Ex-DarkBlade I guarantee you that the cost of the game divided among all the players that pay for it cover the cost of any online services and fee. I also guarantee that the online subscription is just a way to steal money from you that most of you just don't see which is really confusing to me. Three there are many ways around it as i've said before you can pay for more than one character, item mall storage you know paying for actual things not just a blind fee that supposedly goes to all this services that are being provided. You can also charge for access to special areas which i'm not fond of but would make more sense since you actually see what your paying for. I'm sorry but you can thumb me down all you want but it doesn't change the fact that your being played for fools. These MMOs that are charging you think that your all stupid enough to pay for nothing and there right cause you do. I guarantee you that 90% of online fees are nothing but profit and i'm being generous with the 10%

hellishchild
hellishchild

Been playing the last 3 weeks and I can honestly say that this game is promising. First day buy for me. Hope they will add a lot more content in the future... and some free things too...

organbank
organbank

GG SOE. If you are a PS3 gamer from Australia take note. You will be paying $20-25 per a month to play on a laggy EU Server. To think that we get charged the most of all regions, US/EU $14.99 per month, and have the worst connection of all regions. Stay well away from this dog turd Aussies! It will not be worth paying $20-25 per month to play on servers with 5-15 second lag!

nevryn
nevryn

Overall the game is pretty fun, but it is seriously behind in the completion process. There are a ton of bugs, a lot of which crash you constantly. The first real group mission is entirely broken where when you get to the boss it has about a 75% chance of teleporting you to the wrong instance forcing you to start over. A lot of the powers do not work basically just costing energy and nothing at all happens. They've also completely changed the combat system recently and it is very unbalanced with some class combinations being extremely strong, while others are total face-plant material. Overall, while I like the game, I can't recommend pre-ordering it till it fixes a lot of these problems. As it stands, it's the typical "forced out too early" deal that SOE tends to pull.

TrinityChica14
TrinityChica14

i pre-ordered...really hoping i won't be selling this shortly after, big DC universe fan and have been waiting on this one for awhile!

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@blackace, btw, I love your thumb downs on my comments.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@blackace, look who is talking. Do you honestly think that calling others "kids" is going to make your argument in this article better?

blackace
blackace

@Rikudo-Pein @Ex-DarkBlade @blackace Oh please. ******************************************** Yawn...... kids

bugi782001
bugi782001

anyone that wants to play the beta, go to dc universe website...they are supposedly giving out beta keys on Jan. 4 if you send them a copy of your preorder reciept by midnight Jan 2nd. you have to upload a scanned copy on their site and I think it doesn't matter where you preordered at...I just submitted mine today, so ill see if they email me a beta key....just another option for those without a PS+ membership

mosamania
mosamania

i got to level 20 in the beta being a PS+ subscriber. the game needs a lot more done to it before it is out there. lots of freezes and sound problems (i know this is the beta but release is in 2 weeks) interface on the PS3 is sluggish at best also chat is not fluent. text is somewhat small and on some boxes the word "Text here" shows you that they havent written that yet. I know being an MMO meaning release date and full game are far apart but seriously fix the interface i wanna pick weapons in my Hot keys not be limited to skills and soda. and thats it for my rant ^_^ bottom line game is very fun and i might get it.

No_Intelligence
No_Intelligence

@gonch818 in what way it that a rip off of marvel alliance?

gonch818
gonch818

cool intro, but im guessing this is a rip off of marvel alliance,

JRETSO
JRETSO

@Chainer323 Maybe it's still the console gamer in me that it's hard to get used to paying a monthly fee. But after playing it some more, I really am leaning toward getting it on day one.

fadersdream
fadersdream

@hoodlumz level 30 cap is to guarantee DLC purchases, with later level expansion.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

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Hoodlumz
Hoodlumz

were being robbed with a lvl 30 cap at launch set the date back again PLZ..ive been in both pc and ps3 beta and there is not enough content to have a solid end game

blackace
blackace

@Ex-DarkBlade @blackace, sorry to bother you but you are defending Xbox 360 in this article. You can think whatever you want and I doubt that you are gaming fanboy because of your comments. *********************************************************** Well, that's your opinion and I honestly don't think anyone cares. lol!! I've been gaming since video games began, so I know what I am.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@blackace, sorry to bother you but you are defending Xbox 360 in this article. You can think whatever you want and I doubt that you are gaming fanboy because of your comments.

blackace
blackace

@Ex-DarkBlade @blackace, ok. I am a Nintendo fan, nice to meet you. Do me a favor please? Please don't defend Xbox 360 on a wrong article. Enjoy your day. ********************************************************************************* I'm not defending 360 on this article. I'm giving my opinion. Do me a favor and don't reply to anymore of my comments. You have a nice day.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@Azorean269, these fees are justified. These fees are meant to cover the cost of servers for the game and the workers. They probably make a dollar off the fees as profit.

Azorean269
Azorean269

This game is a joke and people who purchase don't realize that they are being milked for money. A 60 dollar purchase fee should include all prices on the game. I also promise you that this game does not justify a monthly of fee of 15 no game should have a monthly fee. It's something that is so frustrating as to why people spend that money needlessly. Cause i don't see it putting up dates enough to justify a game also to let you know playing for a year will cost you 180- the 3 month fee plus the 60 dollar purchase fee = 195.00 so go a head and argue as to why online fees are necessary.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@blackace, ok. I am a Nintendo fan, nice to meet you. Do me a favor please? Please don't defend Xbox 360 on a wrong article. Enjoy your day.

Dan4682
Dan4682

WOW,... they just said two dates, 11 and 14,.... bet u its none of those, maybe the 16???( of next year)

blackace
blackace

@Ex-DarkBlade said: @blackace, are you a Xbox 360 fanboy? ******************************************************** No, I'm a gaming fanboy. I own all the systems. I do favor the XBox 360, as the majority of my games are on that platform. I play everthing though. Getting ready to play Oddworld on my PC of all places. lol!! Playing Nostalgia on DS, NBA 2K11 and Kinect on 360, Modnation and Sly Collection on PS3 and Monster Hunter Tri and Kirby Epic Yarn on the Wii.

warcraftfan234
warcraftfan234

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Tradeus
Tradeus

Playing the PS3 beta right now and I think this game is a ton of fun! There are fixes that they have to make, but I see a ton of potential in the game. The combat is better than any other MMO have played. $15/per month, big deal, $.50 a day. As long as the content gets updated often, i'm in!

RRouland
RRouland

I don't understand why SOE is still in business. From Everquest to now, they have never learned the lessons that Blizzard has demonstrated to ensure success - make it FUN (I remember the EQ corpse runs and losing a level to XP penalties from death...not fun) and most of all...DO NOT RELEASE IT UNTIL IT'S READY. If this game is still in closed beta, it's not ready.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

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