Sony Online Entertainment announced today its superhero MMO DC Universe Online, which was previously scheduled for release on the PlayStation 3 and PC in November, has been delayed into early 2011.
"SOE is dedicated to delivering the highest quality game experiences possible," SOE president John Smedley said in a statement. "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 PlayStation 3, 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."
SOE also announced VIP key card holders and players how have registered at the DC Universe Online website will start receiving beta keys next week. If you’ve already placed a pre-order, or you pre-order the game before November 15, you’ll receive a beta key by November 30. There isn’t a firm start date of for the beta yet, however if you pre-order the game after Nov. 15, you’ll be given beta access a week early, and get to be part of a “special beta ending event entitled Battle of the Legends.”
Also, SOE plans to release a PS3 collector’s edition in North America that contains everything found in the PC version:
- DCUO Batman statue
- Limited edition Art of DC Universe Online art book
- DCUO Legends Issue #0 comic book with a Jim Lee variant cover
- DCUO Prestige comic presentation of the DCUO back-story
- Limited edition Jim Lee-drawn poster version of the Issue #0 comic book variant cover
'Tis the season for delays it seems. Where does this one fall on your "Are you kidding me?!" meter?