DC Universe Online due in November

SOE's heroes-and-villains MMORPG based on Warner Bros.-owned comics picks up PS3, PC launch window; beta-testing window TBA.

Sony Online Entertainment has more or less followed a one-a-year release schedule when it comes to launching new massively multiplayer online games in recent years. In 2007, the publisher pushed out Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, with Pirates of the Burning Sea following in 2008 and Free Realms in 2009. Today, the SOE firmed up its 2010 plans, saying DC Universe Online will be available for the PlayStation 3 and PC this November.

The spandex trade will balloon this November.

Speaking with GameSpot, an SOE representative also briefly delved into the publisher's beta-testing plans for the game. While no concrete beta window has been established, the rep did say that DC Universe Online will benefit from a mass testing phase on both the PS3 and PC prior to launch.

Developed in conjunction with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, DC Universe Online lets gamers create their crime fighter or villain. Because it is set in the DC Universe, such locales include Superman's Metropolis and Batman's Gotham City, and a range of heroes and villains from the comic book publisher's immense stable will lend their presence to the game. The game will also benefit from heralded comic artist Jim Lee and scribe Marv Wolfman, who are contributing to the project.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of DC Universe Online.

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dylan417
dylan417

This was my fav game of E3 actually.

tsep23
tsep23

punanisher, The SOE Star Wars MMO I'm referring to hasn't been released yet.

tsep23
tsep23

TheArcade, Actually, 360 and PS3 have the same amount of exclusives... if you don't count those that are also on PC.

pz11479
pz11479

all i can say is, about time theres a "planned" release date. this games been in development for like 3 yrs or something. it better live up to the hype or dc should pack it in. i mean if i was on the creative team for this game and all this preparation that goes into it amounted to a crappy outcome, id be pissed

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

I could swear I read an article saying the PS3 version would be free to play...there's probably a link to it somewhere on the DCUO board on gamefaqs.com...o.0

blackace
blackace

@nonfanboygamer1 Didn't this game come out on pc like 7 years ago? *************************************************************** You mean City of Heroes? lol!! CoH was a great game when it was released, but then the developers decided to gimp the gameplay and everything else. Like Star War, people left in droves and the games thrill was lost. I never bothered to go back to it. I'm more of a Marvel fan, then a DC fan. After the grind of FF XI and the mess of SW Online, I don't see this game being that big. If it sells over 500K I'll be surprised. How many people want to pay $14.95 a month to play this game? Not I.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Ah man, now I now how PS3 owners felt about GTA: Episodes from Liberty City :(

nurse_tsunami
nurse_tsunami

I'll keep an eye on this one, I love the DC universe, but I am skeptical that SOE will be able to pull it off.

LordDeArnise
LordDeArnise

Looks very interesting. Given SOE's track record with MMO's, I hope the gameplay will be good, especially if comic geeks want to relive the "Blackest Night/Brightest Day" saga, or whichever saga is their favorite. Me, I look forward to making my own version of Batman, Green Lantern, Black Canary, & Zatanna.

TheArcade
TheArcade

lol good one. Boy do I feel burned. :)

TheArcade
TheArcade

cannot be played on PS3.[/i] All those games you just tried to downplay cannot be played on PS3, yet the 360's got 'em. I'm not concerned with whether they were put on dead systems like the Neo Geo or Dreamcast (As awesome as they were.). The point is the 360's got the classic stuff. These games cannot be accessed through PS3 but I can play them on 360! That's all the ammo I need. To add to your angst think I'll go ahead and add Rez HD and Virtual On because those also aren't on PS3 but are on 360. See the mistake you keep making is you'll assume I'm talking about games that are totally exclusive. When that clearly isn't the case. While some games could be considered technically exclusive to 360 for this generation (Like Perfect Dark for example.) they aren't 100 % exclusive. Anyway if all you care about are exclusives then last time I checked (Wikipedia) 360 still offers more so you'd lose that argument too. =)

firedrakes
firedrakes

cool but hope to god it not like star wars online

punanisher
punanisher

@tsep23 SOE's Star Wars MMO was $15 a month. I played it for 2 years. Also, Star Wars is certainly not a Sony owned IP.

Ringx55
Ringx55

@Dark_arkitect Considering how long EQ2 has been out and EQ3 being rumored for the PC late 2012 you can except it to be on the next console.

toddx77
toddx77

With this and FFXIV I'm going to go broke lol

dylan417
dylan417

I might get it, looks very fun.

tsep23
tsep23

Game__Raider, I'm with you bro. I own a 360 and PS3 too. Then again, I don't know if my 360 counts because it died on me. Either way, I don't mind the fanboy thing myself. It's modern day political debating. I'll be attending law school when I finish my BA so I don't mind a debate at all.

tsep23
tsep23

ViralShag, Sony has a history of free MMO's. (Free Realms, Star Wars MMO, ext.) That said, they own those IP's. Since we're dealing with a licensed product here chances are there will be some kind of monthly fee. All I was saying was that I don't think the WoW model will work on a console because there are so many games coming out every month. You might be able to talk me into paying for the PSN premium if it meant MMO's were free. I'm not paying $60 for a game and $15 a month to play it though. I think most console gamers feel the same way. It doesn't matter how good the game is. There are just too many GREAT games to choose from on PS3 that wont require a monthly fee.

Cloud-Zehro
Cloud-Zehro

@Hate_Squad "i give this game one year before it falls below 50k subs" Free online, already announced.

chris98092
chris98092

i just hope SOE doesn't screw it up...

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

as much as i like sony, i dont think their any good at mmo's. they should use that money making more good ps3 games and getting more money out of it.

Hate_Squad
Hate_Squad

i give this game one year before it falls below 50k subs

TheLastCamba
TheLastCamba

I'm really looking forward to this since a long time ago.. I am wondering if there will be a monthly subscription for the PS3 version or you'll just need to purchase the $60 dollar copy... I hope no monthly subsription... many people from thrid-world countries can't get their credit cards to work on PSN, even if it's a Canadian or American card...

Swedish_Chef
Swedish_Chef

@greendude123 It's Sony, if it's not Evercrack then they can't seem to make a good mmo. @punanisher Sony didn't even make the Matrix online, they bought it from warner brothers. There's not much you can do to a game that's completely fubared from launch.

greendude123
greendude123

As long as it dosent use the same Sh***y game engine as Champs online, and dosen't controll as bad. we may finaly have a good superhero game again lol

punanisher
punanisher

@ViralShag I never played Matrix but what happened with SWG soured me from MMOs for a very, very long time. In fact, I still haven't played one for longer than a free trial since.

T-Sub96
T-Sub96

Hope we can get in on the beta!

Dagamemonkey
Dagamemonkey

@tsep23 I'm not saying WoW can't be thrown off its throne. It'll happen someday, but the one that does will have to be pretty darn EPIC.

ViralShag
ViralShag

@ punanisher The pain from Matrix Online still hurts... I miss that game.

jadefury27
jadefury27

4.99 a month to play is a win. any more and it's a fail. with sony's updated online mode with a paid version, it's possible that it could be free to the "paid" sony online community.

punanisher
punanisher

This is gonna have to be a "wait and see" kinda game. In the past, SOE has had no problems pulling the plug or totally revamping MMOs that don't make enough money. I wouldn't be surprised if you are left holding a worthless $60 disc after 4 months. Just look at their past record *cough SWG, Matrix Online cough*

ViralShag
ViralShag

@tsep23 If you reckon even half of those 35 million PS3 owners will show an interest and get this game there is now way in hell it will be free, even with the PSN premium. If you think they will miss out on a pay day like that you are crazy. @atopp399 Totally agree. I think most developers/publishers make the amount of content that would be equal to when WoW was first released. I think if they really ever wanted to make a foothold in the market they need to release games that are nearly equal to WoW now.

tsep23
tsep23

atopp399, You have to admit though, one of the reasons PC games have longer lifespans is because they don't get as many "good games," games as consoles.

Game__Raider
Game__Raider

@tsep23 Ok well thats fine its just I hate these stupid console war stuff. Each console offers great games and concepts. I own all the consoles for that reason so that way I can enjoy everything and don't have to "pick a side." One day in like 25-50 years I hope the ultimate console is made with all the developers so there will be no fanboyism. That will NEVER happen haha. But I can dream right?

parhar67
parhar67

still no mention on how much it will cost to play monthly...we all know its comming.

tsep23
tsep23

Game__Raider, I'm just responding to other posts bro. As for me being a fanboy... I guess I am. I'm a fanboy of the best tech. Regardless who makes it. Right now it's PS3. As for the 360 exclusives, I already mentioned that they are still pumping out great exclusives. Just not at the rate they used too. Take a look at "TheArcades," list. Just about all the games he mentioned came out between 2006 and 2008.

tsep23
tsep23

ndewitt2003, Agreed. The monthly pricing has to be free. That said, my bet is that it will be free only if your a PSN premium member.

tsep23
tsep23

THERMX, Old Republic has looked really good from everything I've seen. The battle between DC comics fanboys and Star Wars fanboys is going to be an interesting one.

tsep23
tsep23

Dagamemonkey, Last time I checked WoW has 11.5 million monthly subscribers. This is the first MMO on a console. Given there are about 35 million PS3's out there I think this game has a pretty good chance of succeeding. Then we have to factor in the PC gamers. This is DC man. If they do this right they will redefine Epic. Come up with something better 360 fanboy.

atopp399
atopp399

MMO games require more money and development time than SOE is giving. That is why the first 20 levels of the new games are fun and then the rest of the game takes a nose dive. All they seem to care about is initial sales and one or two months of a subscription and then they move on to the next thing. Blizzard is the ONLY company that is willing to put in the time to make an MMO successful and it shows. It doesn't matter how much forum users bash WoW the fact is there are still millions of people playing it.

Game__Raider
Game__Raider

@tsep23 Wow dude. You scream calling other people fanboys but look at yourself. You're one of the most obvious fanboys here. Microsoft's time is NOT over. The PS# and 360 both have their pros and cons. And the 360 has a ton of great exclusives too. You are forgetting Mass Effect 1 and 2, Alan Wake, etc. Quit crying and calling other people fanboys and looks at your own posts.

BlackDiamond81
BlackDiamond81

Great, I have been looking forward to this game. I just the hope the online community is there so I won't be alone.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

So, they are thinking the game will come out in Nov and they still have not started beta testing? I see a delay or a horrible game in the future.

mandmsrock
mandmsrock

@Dagamemonkey WOW is like the trapper keeper....it just sucks everyone in and their money lol

ndewitt2003
ndewitt2003

Hope they stick with pay structure that has been working for them and that is free. I think a lot of MMOS die because they want you to pay $15 a month for a game when you can pay $15 a month and play an established game like WOW. I understand it is the DC license and all, but I would continue to play WOW for the same price because I already am vested in that game.