DC Universe Online
Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy on Wednesday based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on what we call our “Splurge” item.
If I had $15:
I’d start with Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever #1 ($2.99). I love weird western tales and can’t imagine a better creative team for one than the writers of BPRD and artist John Severin, who illustrated so many of Atlas’ classic westerns. Then I’d grab The Muppet Show, Volume 5: Muppet Mash ($9.99) because hey, Roger Langridge, Muppets and classic monsters.
If I had $30:
I’d add a couple of Big Two all-ages comics to the pile. If Marvel’s Super Hero Squad Spectacular #1 ($3.99) is half as fun as the show it’s based on, it’ll be worth taking home and reading to the boy. I’ll just have to keep ignoring the irritating, unnecessarily three-fingered character designs. I’m even more confident that we’ll enjoy DC’s Super Friends, Volume 4: Mystery in Space ($12.99) because we’ve been so delighted with the first three collections. David just turned nine and by way of celebration, he wanted to go back and re-read the Superman’s Birthday story from volume two.
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:
WB Games, DC Entertainment and Sony Entertainment Online have released another trailer for their much-anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game DC Universe Online. Debuting this week at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, the new teaser focuses on custom storylines that allow players to fight with, or against, DC superheroes — “I can choose to save the world … or destroy it” — and shows off plenty of new game footage.
Watch the trailer after the break. DC Universe Online will be released in November.
DC Universe Online game director Chris Cao and creative director Jens Andersen regularly answer questions about the upcoming game that they receive on Facebook, and in the latest episode of “Inside the Studio” they cover a lot of game mechanics. Like, can you shapeshift in the game? Yes. Can you use magic? Sure. Will there be real-time day/night cycles? Nope, as Gotham and Metropolis have their own persona — the Bat Signal doesn’t work quite as well during the day, after all.
If you’re curious about DCUO, it’s a nice primer on how some of the more specific elements of the game will actuality work.
Saturday at Comic-Con International in San Diego, once upon a time, was “big movie day” at the con … back before every day became big movie day at the con. Still, today somewhat lived up to its reputation for being eventful, as the Avengers assembled on stage, Green Lantern movie footage was shown and one poor fan was stabbed in the eye while attending programming in Hall H, where several of the big movie panels took place. The victim was taken to UCSD Medical Center, while his attacker was taken away by police after attendees detained him.
In happier news, here’s what was announced on the comics front:
• Marvel Editor-in-Chief and Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada confirmed that Marvel is “gonna be doing some CrossGen stuff.” CrossGen, which published numerous titles like Sojourn, Way of the Rat, Abadazad and Meridian starting 1998, went bankrupt in 2004. Disney bought their assets that same year.
Their titles covered many different genres, from fantasy to horror to detective stories. “I think with the CrossGen stuff you’re going to see us attempt a little more genre publishing, which I think is much-needed in our imprint,” Quesada said. No word yet on what properties they plan to bring back.
• Kurt Busiek announced that American Gothic, the urban fantasy comic announced at last year’s WildStorm panel, will now be called Witchlands. The series will be drawn by Connor Willumson. Busiek is also working on an Arrowsmith novel titled Arrowsmith: Far from the Fields We Know, which will include illustrations by Carlos Pacheco.
WB Games, DC Entertainment and Sony Entertainment Online have released a five-minute trailer for its hotly anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game DC Universe Online. Called “Who Do You Trust?”, the short film — that’s what it is, really — is dark, compelling, action-packed and, frankly, downright amazing. And I say that as someone who doesn’t play video games.
Watch “Who Do You Trust?” after the break. DC Universe Online is set to debut in November.
The PlayStation blog says that Spike TV will air a new trailer for DC Universe Online called “Blur,” plus a behind-the-scenes look at the multiplayer role-playing game, this Friday night. They also posted the above teaser for the trailer, which features Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash, Joker and Cyborg, among others.
Watch for the full trailer tomorrow night on GameTrailers TV.
Via press release, Sony announced several of the voices you’ll hear while playing the upcoming MMORPG DC Universe Online. The cast includes two mainstays of Gotham City, Mark Hamill as the Joker and Kevin Conroy as Batman, as well as Adam Baldwin as Superman, Gina Torres as Wonder Woman, Michelle Forbes as Circe and James Marsters as Lex Luthor. Forbes as Circe is inspired, given her role last season on HBO’s True Blood, and Baldwin as Superman should be fun.
The entire press release can be found after the jump. You can sign up for the beta on the official website.
We’ve learned a few things about DC Comics and Sony’s long-in-development massive multiplayer online role-playing game over the past few weeks, including the release date (November), whether they’d get Wonder Woman’s costume right (yes) and now the pricing.
DC Universe Online will cost $14.99 per month to play it, in addition to the retail cost ($49.99 for the PC version, $59.99 for the PlayStation 3 version). The MMO blog Massively spoke directly to someone at Sony, who confirmed the price. The spokesperson couldn’t confirm if the game would also have in-game “micro-transactions” built into it that allowed players to purchase in-game items — like costumes, accessories, special weapons, skills or even in-game currency — for real money.
No bundled subscription fees (where you get a discount for buying multiple months at once) were mentioned, but I can’t imagine they wouldn’t offer something like that.
The big E3 Expo is going on down in Los Angeles right now, and with it comes all sorts of news, announcements and goodies about upcoming video games. Over on the Playstation blog, Sony has posted the official E3 trailer for the upcoming — and long-awaited — DC Universe Online MMORPG that’s due to come out this fall.
“This trailer also shows the tremendous influence Jim Lee has brought to the table working as the Executive Creative Director on this title – his edgy take on the DC Universe has been transformed from the traditional 2D comic book medium into an immersive 3D interactive environment where you become the next legend!” the post reads. “Between now and our release in November, stay tuned for tons of exciting releases from the team – we can’t wait to show you what is up our sleeves!”
On the heels of announcing two new biweekly miniseries, DC Comics has unveiled plans for a weekly title set in the world of DC Universe Online, the highly anticipated massively multiplayer game from Sony Online Entertainment.
DC Universe: Legends, which will debut later this year, is an attempt by the publisher and SOE to bridge the comic-book and gaming audiences. But just how will they go about doing that?
“First, we’re going to set up the conceit of the universe, how it works and what the rules are,” DC Comics Executive Editor Dan DiDio tells IGN.com. “We’ll also be trying to work gaming tips and secrets into the body of the book as we move along in the series. You’ll see a lot of support material including turnarounds and designs that went into the actual building of the game.
“What I think is the most exciting thing is that, if everything is working as well as we hope once we get down the line, characters that players create actually have an opportunity to work their way from the game into the comics themselves.”
DiDio also announced that Tony Bedard and Dan Jurgens will write Legends. Other creators will be named later.