DC Universe Online delayed until early 2011

Sony Online Entertainment's comic book-inspired PC, PS3 MMORPG missing November launch; beta starts next week; PS3 collector's edition unveiled.

Today brought disappointing news for comic book fans hoping to don virtual capes in DC Universe Online. This morning, Sony Online Entertainment announced that the DC Comics-inspired massively multiplayer role-playing game's launch had been pushed back from this November until early 2011. The delay of the MMORPG, the first to launch on both the PlayStation 3 and PC, was attributed to SOE's desire to fine-tune the title with feedback from the upcoming beta test.

Would-be DC Universe players will have to hang up their virtual capes for a few more months.

"As the game heads into external beta testing, this extra time will allow us to address community feedback in a meaningful way," said SOE president John Smedley in a statement. "When we get deeper into external beta, we'll be able to share more information regarding the new launch date."

DC Universe Online's beta begins next week, with those who have VIP key cards and those who registered on the game's beta registration page getting priority access. Additionally, anyone who preorders the game by November 15 is guaranteed access to the beta by November 30. Starting October 7, SOE will post instructions on how to qualify for and redeem a beta key at the following (currently inactive) URL: www.dcuniverseonline.com/betakey.

In other news, SOE announced that due to popular demand, it will be releasing a collector's edition of DCUO with all the same extras as the PC CE. These include a Batman statue, a limited-edition Art of DC Universe Online art book, a DCUO Legends Issue #0 comic book with a Jim Lee variant cover, a DCUO Prestige comic presentation of the DCUO backstory, and the limited-edition Jim Lee-drawn poster version of the Issue #0 comic book variant cover.

Set within the DC Comics world, DC Universe Online 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.

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vega13mv
vega13mv

@julz666777 I don't recommend you pick it up in its current state, although i think it's free right now for a few months at least in case you wanna try it. from what i've heard and read tho it's pretty bad. Square is currently working on fixing it, they completely overhauled and put new people in charge. Hopefully by the time it comes out for consoles it'll be better.

julz666777
julz666777

really?i was unaware of this i'll have to pick it up

vega13mv
vega13mv

@julz666777 um, yes there is a FFXIV, and it's an MMO just like this is http://www.gamespot.com/search.html?qs=FF+XIV&om_act=convert&om_clk=search and they actually did end up doing the same thing, Sqare Enix postponed the console released dates because they admit the game isn't ready.

julz666777
julz666777

@vega13mv there is no FFXIV you meen FFXIII

REALpyrodark
REALpyrodark

I'm gonna go ahead and stop caring about this until a final version releases and gets amazing reviews. These delays are just getting my hopes up and then dashing them at the last second. Went through this with blur about this time last year, this was a bit more important to me though.

masterjedi343
masterjedi343

However...even though it looks fun, I absolutely cannot WAIT for The Old Republic!!!!

masterjedi343
masterjedi343

I love this trailer. I can't wait to play this.

liffi
liffi

It's weird that you say that no people other than NA can get the beta. I am from europe and I am inside the beta. They had the beta program if you bought it you got to beta and such....

Human-Pheonix
Human-Pheonix

This is great that way they could make the game better. It Also Gives me time to play Naruto Shippuuden: Ulitmate Ninja Storm 2 & Dragonball Raging Blast 2. Guess I have to add this game on my list for 2011 PS3 games. Such as Batman: Arkham City, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat (if they don't cancel that game)

theusedkicks
theusedkicks

can you blame soe cataclysm just announced a release date and the one game that was suppose to be the new up and coming mmo was a huge bust (ff14) it's smart to wait about a month or 2 after cat comes out just to keep players

organbank
organbank

Meh SOE is so NA-centric I cancelled my pre-order for this game and will not be buying it. No beta and CE for people outside of NA= No Sale. GG SOE.

Frostyballoon
Frostyballoon

That is really disappointing to me because I was really looking forward to playing this on snow cold day all cuddle up with a hoodie and hot chocolate (with some liquor) Here to playing video games on a sunny day :(

Chainer323
Chainer323

@Nayhem and, of course, you know it doesn't work on the PS3, right? you, somehow, have full and complete knowledge as to the real reason why they are delaying the release. As for XIV, ever come to think that maybe, just maybe, a game as expanisve as that MMO should need at least a month of playing before they come out with a review? Or would you rather they play the game for a day, not get to try out much of anything within that game, and then write a review based on that?

Nayhem1
Nayhem1

They are delaying it because they can't get it to work on the PS3. Just like you will "probably" never see FFIV on PS3. You notice that Gamespot and others won't even release a review for FFIV because the developers are paying them off to not release a crappy review until all the FF "fanboys" buy the game. Whats gonna happen is they are going to screw around until it's almost time for THe Old Republic to come out and then nobody will care about this game anymore. It's really too bad that their killing themselves like this cause their window was THIS holiday season. By missing that deadline they are virtually insuring that they will fail against SWTOR. By the way, how much you wanna bet that "guaranteed beta" is pc only?

aonekaraoke
aonekaraoke

I know this sounds like nurd rage but really come on changing release dates after blizzard announce there one.Hmmmmmmmmm I call BS on more time to polish the game an say marketing max profits the game when it comes out will still be buggy as hell like all mmo games.But just wait an see I bet SWOR will now be released in september 2011 instead of March 2011.Good luck to them all we need a wow killer WoW is so boring blizzard have trashed it an started it again an call it cataclsym.

Yajarobi
Yajarobi

this.is. AMAZING. funny how they did this around the actual release date of cata eh? why? because they are doing something smart. I am anctious to play but WoW would have one. Now I can play WoW and hopefully DC will come out around the time I have experienced a majority of cata.

scorpgul
scorpgul

This is great news to be honest. They are actually taking time to polish the game unlike some greedy developers out there

vega13mv
vega13mv

maybe FFXIV should've done the same thing..

Bramann
Bramann

This is actually a smart move - wait until the excitement over the WoW expansion dies down, then snatch all the bored WoW players. If you launch before 12/7, you run the risk of losing momentum to WoW. This game will be great - hold me over until Star Wars drops.

blackace
blackace

At least they are getting feedback from the community and listening to them. That's really a good thing, cause most developers of MMO believe in their vision along and won't listen to their fans. It happened with SW Online, Planetside, AC2, Matrix, ABP and a host of other dead MMO. Even though I'm not a big fan of DC (I like Marvel better overall), I'm happy to see Sony and the developers take the time to make the game right, instead of launching during the holiday season.

Dr_Jackal
Dr_Jackal

Well hopefully they'll get things right and I'm pretty psyched about the collector's edition for the PS3. I'll have to change my reserve.

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

This'll either be a hit or miss, in my opinion.

Adema83
Adema83

@micorama Ofc it does it's an MMO, what was you expecting? a freebie just because it's on console. IF you want a free MMO that will be sick just wait for Guild Wars 2, that's what i will be doing.

micorama
micorama

does the ps3 version have a monthly fee? if it does then wtf!

rahl247
rahl247

i stopped playen wow long ago, i did get the last expansion but stopped at 78 due to boredom. i will not buy this expansion nor will i ever play wow again unless it goes free.

johny300
johny300

Get ready for GT5 delay announcment.

iMojo786_PSN
iMojo786_PSN

if this requires a monthly fee then forget it! >:|

Royial20
Royial20

The way things were going im not sure i'm suprised. Looked like it was being released to early imo. At least on the bright side the longer they spend on it the better chance it has of being a successful MMO. How many MMOs have been released before its time and died. (APB right?)

GamingDude1123
GamingDude1123

Nooooooooooooo my most anticapted game of 2010 got deleyed but its okey because i think they did a good move cauz they announced the collector's edition for the ps3 i was hoping they did that and they did so iam happy will pre order the collector's edition and good that if u pre order this u will get the beta key and beta starts next week i will be playing that like crazyyyyyyyyyyyy omg this on the ps3 or medal of honor that i pre ordered on my 360 almost same time cauz the beta starts next week and medal of honor october 12 so 1 day i will play this and 1 day that soooooooooo exiceted for it

330566
330566

Read the article.. Then I noticed the add on the top left still advertising the original release date. You would think someone would notice these things...

Thatsright101
Thatsright101

It better be solid out of the box or bad reviews will kill that sales. Who wants to buy a $60 game and pay monthly to play when it's buggy? They already lost my sale due to that monthly fee.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Delay again!? I just hope GT5 won't get delayed! :(

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

better to make sure everything is set up right before releasing it then have it half done and pissing everyone off. so if they need more time, be patient and give them some more time.

Henninger
Henninger

Wow wuts up with all these delays??? Well i'd rather them get it right then put out a broken product. But they better not delay Marvel vs. Capcom 3 cuz then i'll have 2 go 2 Japan & crack some skulls!!!!!! LOL!

PopePeabody
PopePeabody

First Gears of War 3, now this? Damn...

tremor33
tremor33

It's kind of ironic that the ad in the top right corner of my screen is for DC Universe online and it still says "coming 11-2-10"

Olsenz
Olsenz

eh, I'm not high on this, now a Marvel Universe, then we're talking

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

Oh well, i'm busy playing Final Fantasy 14 right now anyway. I'll play DCUO when it comes out eventually.

dre256x
dre256x

Yesssss, i had a feeling this was been rushed to get it out for the holiday season... Take your time and make it better.

MasonChaos
MasonChaos

Cause everyone has been waiting for this game on pins and needles ......... I'll be waiting for GuildWars2, so this game isn't even on my radar.

Barighm
Barighm

The way MMO's tend to improve over time, even after they get released, shows it's better for the game to get as much polish as possible before release, especially if it can be done in a full-scale development setting instead of patches. Ultimately this is a good thing.

gott1rott
gott1rott

I knew this was going to happen. Counting all delays, this game has been pushed back over a year now. Stop giving dates if you cant deliver. Id rather have a TBA than constant delays.

Adam48239
Adam48239

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

savagetofu
savagetofu

The fact that it is an MMO turns me off. I want this game becuase I am a DC fan boy but I just do not play mmo's. I am looking forward to LBP2 & Star Wars Force Unleased 2!

timthegem
timthegem

Releasing it against Star Wars: Old Republic doesn't seem like a good move.

Kurushio
Kurushio

I was kinda surprised when they announced Nov considering what we saw so far didnt look that great but i was still looking forward to it. Oh well, just one more game i have more time to save for. Also hoping they lower the monthly sub to like 9.99 instead of 15.

StaticPenguin
StaticPenguin

This game looks fun but it also looks like City of Heroes so I'm not all that disappointed.