Sonly Online Entertainment today announced that DC Universe Online has been delayed and will now ship in “early 2011″. The game was previously slated for a release this November.
“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 PlayStation3, 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.”
The news isn’t all sour though for those of you looking to get your hands on the game. SOE also revealed that players with VIP key cards and those having registered at the DCUO website will receive beta access on a priority basis starting as early as next week. Also, 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. Well, in North America at least…
Going EVEN FURTHER to prove the “superness” of the beta, 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 game’s 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.
If you’re not interested in pre-ordering the game but still want in on the beta, you have until 11:59pm PST tonight to get in and get registered even though you won’t be guaranteed access.
Lastly, a Collector’s Edition for the PlayStation 3 will also be released (again…North America only), which includes the same items contained in the PC version announced earlier this year. That’s all for now, but we’ll keep you posted on any more DC Universe Online details as they emerge.