In a press release, Sony Online Entertainment revealed that the upcoming PC and PS3-based online title originally scheduled to launch in November has now been pushed to "early 2011." According to a statement made by SOE president John Smedley in the release, the extra time will allow the development team behind DC Universe Online to "address community feedback" from external testing in a "meaningful way." Smedley states that when the team gets deeper into the external testing process, SOE will be able to disclose new information regarding the game's release.
As a consolation, SOE revealed new details on DC Universe Online's aforementioned beta. Players with "VIP cards" from special events, like the San Diego Comic-Con, should expect beta access as early as next week. Up and coming superheroes with pre-order slips dated before November 15 are "assured" beta access by November 30.
Pre-orders dated after November 15 will net players beta access one week prior to the game's eventual launch and have access to a special beta ending event. Beta users will be awarded a special emblem for their online character.
The announcement release also revealed that "due to overwhelming demand from the community" the PlayStation 3 will also receive a special edition of DC Universe Online. Like the PC Collector's Edition, PS3 users willing to throw down extra money will net their own Jim Lee "Batman Statue" and poster, an art book and a DC Legends comic book.
Since the community seems to have an impact on SOE's decision making, we anticipate DCUO's delay will be canceled when hordes of disappointed fanboys/girls hear the news and make their feelings known. Expect DC Universe Online in stores next month! (Note: No, seriously, it's delayed until 2011.)