<i>DC Universe Online</i> delayed until 2011

I guess it was too good to be true when Sony finally revealed the release date for the long-anticipated DC Universe Online MMO this past summer, as now the game, which was originally supposed to come out in November, has been delayed until "early 2011."

Here's the reasoning, from the press release: "SOE is dedicated to delivering the highest quality game experiences possible," says John Smedley, President, 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 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."

The whole point of a beta test is to help figure out what needs to be fixed before launch, so I guess if this ultimately means the game will be better and more complete when it comes out, so be it. While the delay sucks, they did have a bit of a silver lining, as they announced more info on the external beta:

SOE has also revealed new details regarding the beta program. Players with VIP key cards and those having registered at the DCUO website will receive access on a priority basis starting as early as next week. As an added thank you, everyone that has already pre-ordered the game, and those who do so by November 15th, 2010, are assured access to beta by November 30th (North America only).

Anyone pre-ordering the game after November 15th 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 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. Beginning October 7, 2010 instructions on how to qualify to receive your pre-order beta key will be located here: www.dcuniverseonline.com/betakey.

Those wishing to register for beta without pre-ordering have until 11:59pm PST tonight. This is a general queue and does not assure access.

They also announced a "collector's edition" of the game that will come with a Batman statue, an art book, two comics and a poster.

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