DC Universe Online beta coming for PlayStation Plus members

Subscription level of Sony's online service to get free preview of upcoming comic book-inspired massively multiplayer game.

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When PlayStation Plus was announced at June's Electronic Entertainment Expo, one of its perks was early access to beta tests of major games. Today, the PlayStation Blog revealed that subscribers of the $50/year service will get early access to one of Sony's biggest upcoming titles--the massively multiplayer role-playing game DC Universe Online.

PlayStation Plus subscribers will get early access to DC Universe Online.

Described as "coming soon," the beta will be available at no charge from the PlayStation Plus area of the PlayStation Store. Non-PlayStation Plus subscribers can apply for a beta key by preordering the game and then following the instructions on the game's official website.

Previously scheduled to launch last month on the PC and PlayStation 3, DC Universe online was delayed in October by its developer, Sony Online Entertainment. 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.

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

Discussion

54 comments
kennizz
kennizz

i was looking forward for this game but when i got beta testing key and downloaded the game (3 hr.) after playng a few minutes i always get disconnected. i have tried 6 times and it always the same.. maybe someone knows why?

dman5070
dman5070

can someone explain to me what the hell is BETA

g_dubble
g_dubble

I've played the beta last week.....but hot damn, no one told me about a 5 hour download. Holy crizzap! I thought my PS3 bricked until I saw the green status bar grow. And I even have the 6Mbps tier of speed. But once I got to play it, I can see why it took so long. That world is huge and I can see the potential that this game can deliver. I will be keeping my eye on this one.

burnincoco
burnincoco

@Docky2k6 & @hannify STFU. Nintendo 64 rules above all! *no loading times *no network issues *64 bits!

the_wolf_7
the_wolf_7

Im in the closed beta and its really good. Accept for server issues and it keeps my ps3 freezing. Other then that theres virtually nothing bad about the beta, which should speak for a final product.

Docky2k6
Docky2k6

@hannify, we're in a forum you absolute spunk rag. I'll save my grammatical prowess for other, far more warranted situations. And godlike? More con-like puss bucket. HAHAHA Fanboy? Bottom line is I have both and greatly enjoy both, but there's a reason microsoft charge and sony don't. Better service and overall quality. If you seriously can't see that, YOU'RE obviously the sony fanboy and so woefully narrow minded. Boom.

T-Sub96
T-Sub96

I just subscribed to the 3 month ps plus subscription and I got da beta!!!

Docky2k6
Docky2k6

@hannify Wow, you buy £20 network cards for £17.85? And you call ME cheap? HAHAHA No buddy, you don't understand. The point i'm making is that just because something is free doesn't mean I want it. Then again, to each their own. If you're a brainwashed consumer like hannify who jumps at anything with the words FREE or DISCOUNTED on it, by all means go for PSplus and enjoy all that C list content it throws at ya :) HAHAHA . Psplus is 99% balls and you know it. One beta here or there sure, but the rest, utter failure. So hannify, don't get lippy, and face facts. And also just to clarify, anyone with half a braincell will tell you xbox live and psn are not the same. I have both and you probably do too. Don't sit there and say live isn't better quality than psn. There is a gap in quality terms, but then you wouldn't notice would you, you're too busy spending your money on glittery turds.

Strathmore
Strathmore

Who cares... up to $15/month to play this game?? You're nuts DCU Online. Bad enough that PlayStation Plus membership is lame- already offering games I previously bought at full price with NO REBATE. Now DCUO comes along and touts an added cost for online membership?? Gee, an incredible license, transformed into a game, with ridiculous costs attached to pay and play...? Smells like Star Trek Online... that bomb is still stinking up the place. Get your head's out of your asses DCUO... PS Plus members should NOT have to pay to play when this game comes out. Period.

ShootingPwnage
ShootingPwnage

Where in the Playstation blog, or any other site reporting this, does it say that only the annual subcription of $50 will get the beta? The same thing was posted here on GS about the KZ3 beta but it was available for the 3 month subscription also. This seems to be misinformation and misleading as well.

blackace
blackace

@hannify :@blackace Trust me- after paying for ps+. I am not going to pay for xbox live gold ever again unless they allow to pay £20 ***************************************************************** That's nice. I'm not. PS+ doesn't benefit me in the least. I'm happy with XBox Live and paid $44 a year for the next 2 years. Live has enough content to keep me happy and a large social community to play against. Know Sony, they will take something else that's free and add it to PS+.

Docky2k6
Docky2k6

and @ hannify, it's the exact same price if you use prepaid cards. Whether I'd be payin 14.99 or 19.99 or watever 99 for bullcrap content, it's still bullcrap content at the end of the day. Betas are the only thing I would even check out from plus's offerings, unless by some chance there's anything decent in their weekly store updates THAT I DIDN'T ALREADY BUY WHEN IT WAS RELEASED!! Admit it, PSplus basically throws discounted crap at you and makes you believe it's golden cos it's discounted. Brainwashed man.

Docky2k6
Docky2k6

I just don't like how PSplus TELLS you what you get a discount on or what you get for free. I mean, what if I pay for the 3 month subscription and jack crap comes up on the plus section of the store that I want? Wasted cash for sure. Any of you guys know when the beta's out? Please say soon! :)

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

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fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

@Billybob928 its not out I've checked the store

buying1999
buying1999

But , but , but PS3HDWii online is free???? Not this time fanboys.

Billybob928
Billybob928

@fgjnfgh: No if you subscribe playstation+ you can download it from PS Store.No beta key involved.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

So if I subscribe and get plus, do they send a code by email?

Taasi23
Taasi23

Alright, this might just get me to sign up for PS+.

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

@ glassesboy Thank you, Cpt. Obvious. Do you happen to team with Cpt. Hindsight on occasion? @ bowlingotter What I took from the information put out about PS+ before its launch was that only subscribers would have access to betas and early access to demos. But hey, if I'm wrong then whatever.

Docky2k6
Docky2k6

Just checked the website, they say it's closed. What an absolute joke. Freakin hell Sony, get your finger out and release this game :P

Docky2k6
Docky2k6

Could any of you guys tell me how to get a beta code? I didn't subscribe to PSplus because imo it's a crock of dung, but i really wanna play this game. Probs the game i'm most excited about on PS3 :)

airshocker
airshocker

I'm excited to give this game a try. I've already been the yearly subscriber to PS+, so I'm looking forward to seeing if they can pull this game off as an MMORPG.

Barighm
Barighm

As long as this is an action/RPG and not another WoW clone, I'll give it a shot. Devs have said they're sticking to their guns here and won't be swayed from their original plan. X-Men Legends-like game in MMORPG form...that's what I'm hoping for.

Barighm
Barighm

As long as this is an action/RPG and not another WoW clone, I'll give it a shot. Devs have said they're sticking to their guns here and won't be swayed from their original plan. X-Men Legends-like game in MMORPG form...that's what I'm hoping for.

T-Sub96
T-Sub96

@glassesboy no I checked it all out, it's cool, it just doesn't give you the right codes, so I don't reccomend it, I wasted alot of time on it. Oh well, I'll probably buy this game anyways. LOOKS SO COOL!

T-Sub96
T-Sub96

@lowkey254 I'm not gonna end up getting it I know. I would never do anything illegal, if it doesn't work it doesn't work for me, and If I don't have plus, that's my fault. Oh well, I see where your coming from.

4quarters
4quarters

Don't rip the $50 annual fee I've already downloaded nearly twice that in FREE games for PS+ members. Granted some are PSminis and PS1 games, but you also get tons of add-on packs for other games,beta tests and lots of PSN full/complete games....GRATIS!!!! Along with exclusive wallpapers and betas... FREE- spend the $50 bucks- you'll be glad...

firedrakes
firedrakes

already got beta from website!. but been wanting to try the console version

glassesboy
glassesboy

@T-Sub96...I wouldn't download beta key generators man. If they're not viruses, you're lucky.

glassesboy
glassesboy

@spoonybard-hahs nobody is forcing to pay for PS+. Don't want, don't get it...???

Strummer316
Strummer316

Nice! PS+ is finally getting worthwhile! Guaranteed beta access, plus the complete Sam & Max Devil's Playhouse is gonna be free on Dec. 14th ($35 value)! Shweeeeet!

blackace
blackace

Waste of money and time. Paying for XBL is enough for me. I could care less about the beta anyways. When does the actually game get released. Spring 2011? I wonder if this game is going to be any good or not.

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

@spoonybard-hahs Perhaps you missed that there are people playing the beta for free. The PS+ perk in this case is that you're guaranteed a spot, which is usually never the case in what is essentially still a closed beta.

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

Thanks, Sony! $50 to play something that's normally free! OH BOY! I sure wanted that for Christmas. I really hope you also take that dump on my chest then urinate on my wife. Make all my dreams come true! I signed up for both the DCUO and FFXIV betas. Then Sony announced Plus and all that would pertain to it. Suddenly I felt like I was attached to another object by an inclined plane, wrapped helically around an axis.

ToughCritic28
ToughCritic28

@CHADbomb The beta is currently being played as we speak by a few lucky people who got keys from various crap, but unless you have playstation plus I doubt you will ever be let into the beta.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

That dude is sporting Mirrors Edge like tattoos. Noice! Game looks appealing. Not a Plus user though, so I'm hoping to get a beta key from a pre-order. Cross platforming would be a huge selling point for me.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

So basically gamers have to pay for both playstation plus as well as pay to play DC universe online on the ps3. That's quite alot of money to get us to play the game. But i'm sure ps3 owners will probably get used to it.

CHADbomb
CHADbomb

When is the beta coming?

FaYt2021
FaYt2021

@acerpg007 I looked this up for you, and at the moment they say cross-platforming is very possible, but no promises were made.

CloudStrife97
CloudStrife97

That is pretty gay if you ask me, not that I cant afford it but I am already paying 10 bucks a month for Xbox Live, 15 bucks a month for another MMO I am subscribed to, not to mention regular bills, this is getting ridiculous.

lowkey254
lowkey254

@T-Sub96 you may need to go to another site. Or find an underground union. Most people on GS keep it legit. youtube or google it. I personally hope you don't make it as I've purchased plus and would hate that others are getting in for free.

T-Sub96
T-Sub96

I got thumbs down :( If I could afford playstation plus I would, but I'm only 14 and I don't have a job, right now Im saving for lbp2 but I've been ecstatic about this game for about 3 years now. I want to get on the beta really bad, but it's not working. I thought the good people at gamespot might have suggestions. But ps plus looks awesome, hopefully more cool betas too come :)

JoshuaBagwell
JoshuaBagwell

gamespot your wrong yesterday they announced and it said for all ps + here is what it said Coming soon to all PlayStation Plus subscribers is a free download of the beta for Sony Online Entertainment’s newest MMORPG, DC Universe Online, from the PlayStation Plus section in the PlayStation Store. From there, they can create their own super hero (or super villain) and take an adventure through Jim Lee’s vision of the DC universe. We will have more information on the exact timing of the beta in the near future, so be sure to keep your eyes on the blog.

acerpg007
acerpg007

And btw, any idea if the PC server and the PS3 server would likely be just the same or separate? because I'm planning to buy the PS3 version while my brother who is living in my native country would just probably play the PC version.. thanks in advance!

acerpg007
acerpg007

I have both systems, but I am only subscribed to Xbox Live because PS Plus has just been out recently and I haven't thought about it. But with this promotion, I think i'll be making myself a PS Plus user..