Remember DC Universe Online, the PlayStation and PC superhero MMO made by the developer formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment? It's coming to Xbox One.
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European players of massively multiplayer online games PlanetSide 2, DC Universe Online and EverQuest 2 will have to transfer their accounts to Sony Online Entertainment in the near future.
Free-to-play shooter PlanetSide 2 launches on PlayStation 4 in early 2014, Sony has said.
UPDATE: ProSieben, the European operator of the game, has shared with Eurogamer the first video of what iconic locations in DC Universe Online will look like after Game Update 31. And here it is:
ORIGINAL STORY: Superhero MMO DC Universe Online is undergoing hefty surgery in preparation for its arrival on PlayStation 4 at some point during the console's launch window.
Game Update 31 will involve "a sweeping, game-wide graphical update" and a "remastering" of the game's central core levelling mechanic. It's "without doubt the biggest technical update we have ever done", executive producer Larry Liberty declared, cape flapping in the crime-scented wind.
The eighth DLC pack for DC Universe Online, titled Sons of Trigon, will be released in autumn this year.
The new content will center around a series of battles against Trigon's sons, culminating in a battle against the demon himself.
Unlike the previous DLC content Origin Crisis, which catered to more hardcore players of the game, this eighth content drop is designed to appeal to those who prefer a smaller scale challenge. As well as a new shared area featuring plenty of solo missions, there'll also be three new Duo scenarios starring the Sons of Trigon, and a larger group Alert for the main battle against Trigon. There'll also be a new healing-focused Celestial power for players to master.
Sony Online Entertainment's MMOFPS Planetside 2 heading to PlayStation 4, the developer has announced via its latest trailer.
70 per cent of DC Universe Online players connect to the free-to-play game via PlayStation 3.
Superhero MMO DC Universe Online gets its fourth major DLC expansion in June, Sony Online Entertainment has announced.
Titled The Last Laugh, the add-on offers a wealth of new PvP-focused content, including a new weapon, additional Legends characters and a number of new brawls.
The new weapon is The Shield, which you can use either in melee or ranged combat.
The next major expansion for superhero MMO DC Universe Online is available on PC and PlayStation 3 from 13th March, according to a PC Gamer reveal.
Titled Battle for Earth, it features the new Earth Powers set and a number of new adventures.
As detailed on the game's official site, a new Raid sees you defending Wonder Woman's island of Themyscira from Chimeric Brainiacs. You'll be fighting alongside various mythical creatures including Cyclops, Hydra and Colossus.
Daily revenue from superhero MMO DC Universe Online is up 700 per cent since it adopted the free-to-play model on 1st November, according to Sony Online Entertainment boss John Smedley.
A second DLC expansion for superhero MMO DC Universe Online goes live later this year, Sony Online Entertainment has announced.
Titled Lightning Strikes, the pack adds Electricity Powers - the game's eighth power set - and a new adventure starring The Flash.
There's also a new Central City map, new gear and new characters, including Livewire, Black Lightning, The Top, The Trickster and Static.
One million new players have flocked to DC Universe Online since the MMO turned free-to-play, Sony Online Entertainment has announced.
The number of people playing DC Universe Online simultaneously has risen over 1000 per cent since the superhero MMO turned free to play, Sony Online Entertainment has revealed.
Superhero MMO DC Universe Online has picked up 120,000 new users since going free-to-play on Monday, according to Sony Online Entertainment boss John Smedley.
Superhero MMO DC Universe Online goes free-to-play from 1st November, Sony Online Entertainment has announced.
A new DC Universe Online update goes live today, Sony Online Entertainment has announced.
Titled Fate of the Fortress, it picks up where Fortress of Solitude left off, with the player fighting through Brainiac's stronghold with Superman and Lex Luthor.
The second installment in the three part episode takes you deeper inside the fortress, culminating with a boss battle against one of Brainiac's chief goons.
DC Universe Online is going free-to-play to "open up" the game to a wider audience, according to the game's executive producer Lorin Jameson.
In October superhero MMO DC Universe Online becomes free to play, Sony Online Entertainment has announced.
Superhero MMO DC Universe Online gets a free DLC expansion next week, Sony Online Entertainment has announced.
Sony today begins its conversion of the servers running PC and PlayStation 3 MMO DC Universe into four MegaServers.
DC Universe Online has taken one red-booted stride down the free-to-play highway by introducing micro-transactions in a Marketplace store.
Sony Online Entertainment is back online, the MMO company has announced.
Sony Online Entertainment MMOs will be offline for "at least a few more days", the company has announced.
All DC Universe Online users will get one month subscription free as a good will gesture following the Sony Online Entertainment security breach and subsequent server downtime.
Fans of Sony Online Entertainment games can breathe a sigh of relief - the great PlayStation Network identity theft hasn't affected them.
The Heads or Tails patch was applied to DC Universe Online on PC and PS3 overnight.
Servers were down early this morning and there's no indication that anything went wrong.
The free Heads or Tails patch brings Harvey Dent/Two-Face and Penguin to DC Universe Online. Dent leads an instanced mission to Penguin's hideout, and will either help you or hinder you - as Two-Face - depending on his signature toss of a coin. Dent/Two-Face will also be playable in Legends PVP.
Screens and art of Bat's foe.
Notorious Batman nemesis The Penguin is to get a starring role in Sony Online's DC Universe Online MMO with the next title update.
Superhero MMO DC Universe Online is soon to be sold on the European PlayStation Store.
Sony will sell superhero MMO DC Universe Online as a PlayStation network digital download - in the US.
The first proper patch for DC Universe Online has swooped in on PC and PS3.
It's massive, weighing a gargantuan 2GB on PS3 - better set it downloading now if you want to play tonight.
Headline patch features are a Batcave raid for eight people, various missions with Catwoman, the arrival of the Auction House and a new PVP event that involves stealing bags of diamonds.
Don't get any bright ideas about trading in DC Universe Online for a newer game - you can't.
Sony depicts MMO's fractured future.
Sony Online Entertainment has announced a 25 per cent price cut on subscription fees for its DC Universe Online MMO.
Catwoman takes centre stage in new content heading to superhero MMO DC Universe Online later this month, publisher Sony Online Entertainment has revealed.
According to Kotaku, a new episode sees you traversing Gotham's rooftops in pursuit of the mischievous feline. Turns out she's holed up in a museum and has transformed security guards into lions and tigers with the help of some ancient Egyptian relics. Suffice to say, you'll need to put things right.
The update also lets you play as Catwoman in the Legends PvP mode, adds a new multiplayer race and offers up new Ancient Mayan Armor and Cat Burglar gear.
A new hotfix for Sony's DC Universe Online MMO goes live today, fixing issues with voice chat and a number of glitches.
The game's voice chat functionality had reportedly been faltering during peak hours, so Sony has updated hardware to smooth things over.
The full list of the other bug fixes made to both the PC and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, revealed on the title's official forum, looks like this:
At £9.99 a month on top of the cost of the game, PC and PlayStation 3 MMO DC Universe Online is too expensive for some gamers. For creator Sony, however, the superhero RPG offers great value because gamers regularly receive free content updates.
The PlayStation 3 version of DC Universe Online has outsold its PC counterpart, helping the title become Sony Online Entertainment's fastest selling game ever.
SOE president John Smedley broke the news on his Twitter feed, revealing that PlayStation 3 sales of the game made up 52 per cent of the total, compared to 48 per cent on PC.
Commenting on complaints that the game was out of stock in many stores, another Tweet read, "Working on out-of-stock problems for DCUO. It's our fastest selling game ever. Should have more inventory in Monday."
Sony has pledged to make a raft of improvements to PC and PlayStation 3 subscription MMO DC Universe Online based on player feedback.
As the first MMO to attempt to bridge the gap between console and PC since Final Fantasy XI in 2002 and the first to ever do so simultaneously at launch DC Universe Online raises a lot of questions. Will the PC game be limited by the necessity of designing around a controller? Are PS3 owners willing to embrace a subscription model?
We'll come to these and other questions later, but let's put them aside for a moment and consider the game at face value.
Your arrival in the DC Comics universe, home of Superman and Batman, marks a call for a new breed of superhero to rise against the forces of Brainiac, who's intent on taking control of Earth. This starts, of course, with the creation of your force for good or evil, depending on whether you choose to play as a Hero or a Villain.
Welcome to the HIVE Moon Base.
Activision's rip-roaring shooter success Call of Duty: Black Ops has manoeuvred back to the top of the UK all-formats chart.
Sony Online Entertainment has been working on DC Universe Online for a long time, and this week it's finally ready for public consumption. So why should you care? Well, it's a superhero MMO based on the official DC licence, for a start.
Caped characters' MMO launches today.
Every criminal genius needs a hideout.
Extended trailer for beta's explosive finale.
PC and PlayStation 3 MMO DC Universe will end its beta today for US gamers and tomorrow for European gamers, but not without one last bang.
Sony Online Entertainment plans to stage The Battle of the Legends event in-game. Beta players can align and fight alongside or against some of DC Comics' superheroes and villains as they go at it, including Batman, Superman, Lex Luthor and The Joker.
All you have to do is show up to the battle when it erupts on your server. SOE detailed the server names, dates, times and locations over on its official forum.
It'll cost UK PC and PlayStation 3 gamers £9.99 a month to play superhero MMO DC Universe Online, Sony Online Entertainment has confirmed to Eurogamer.
A three-month subscription costs £27.99. A six-month sub sets you back £49.99.
As previously announced, there will be no annual or lifetime subscription plan for the PS3 version "at launch". On PC, a 12 month subscription costs £89.99, and a lifetime subscription £129.99.
PC and PlayStation 3 superhero MMO DC Universe Online will launch in the UK on 14th January 2011, Sony Online Entertainment has announced.
In the US, it'll launch on 11th January, IGN reports.
The PC version will set you back $49.99 and the PS3 version will cost $59.99 (European pricing was not revealed). Both come with a free 30-day subscription. After that expires, you'll need to fork out $15 (13) a month or $199 (180) for a lifetime subscription.
Sony's forthcoming superhero MMO, DC Universe, could be with us a little sooner than expected, with Amazon announcing a January ship date for the PC and PlayStation 3 title.
According to Massively, customers who have pre-ordered the title in the US are receiving notification from the online retailer that the game will be with them between the 18th and 20th of January.
A spokesperson for Sony Online Entertainment told Eurogamer that an official announcement regarding a release date is due in the next 48 hours or so.
European PlayStation Plus subscribers have exclusive access to the DC Universe Online beta, Sony has announced.
All Plus members are included and the download is being added to the Plus section of the EU PlayStation Store right now, PlayStation Network product manager James Thorpe said on the EU PlayStation Blog.
The beta requires around 15GB of space on your PS3 hard disk. Ouch. Sony said it can take an average of three to four hours to download or more depending on your broadband internet connection.
Latest screens from Sony's MMO.
Bats-eye view of DC Universe Online.
The last straw?
Watch and marvel.
Sony Online Entertainment has announced that DC Universe Online, its superhero MMO for PC and PS3, has been delayed until "early 2011". However, the beta starts next week.
Screens from TGS 2010.
Sony Online Entertainment's superhero MMO DC Universe Online, based on the comics world of Superman, Batman and co., will launch on 2nd November this year.
Sony Online Entertainment has announced that Mark Hamill will voice The Joker and Kevin Conroy will play Batman in its superhero MMO, DC Universe Online.
Sony Online Entertainment has opened registration for the beta test for its superhero MMO, DC Universe Online. Thanks, Massively.
There are options to sign up to test the game on either PS3 or PC. You'll need one of SOE's Station accounts to put your name down for the PC version.
There's a pre-order page open on the DC Universe site too, although at present pre-orders are only open in the US and Canada. (And while Germany, France, Spain and Italy are represented as "coming soon", the UK doesn't appear at all. What did we do?)
Be your own hero.
Sony Online Entertainment has revealed that its superhero MMO, DC Universe Online, will release this November.
Sony Online Entertainment is one of, if not the most experienced company in MMOs. It scored one of the genre's breakthrough successes with the first EverQuest, and to this day it operates the widest range of MMOs under a single roof anywhere, including Star Wars Galaxies, PlanetSide, Pirates of the Burning Sea, Vanguard, EverQuest and its sequel. In recent years, however, it has been overshadowed - not just by World of Warcraft, but also by the succession of eager, over-hyped pretenders that have attempted to grab WOW's coat-tails as Blizzard did EverQuest's.
At this year's E3, Sony Online Entertainment's DC Universe Online revealed the most important part of its superhero arsenal: weight. Lag-buffered and saddled with simplified combat animations, many MMOs are lacking any tangible sense of physicality, numbers and stats taking the place of proper hit responses, while convenient magic effects cover up the worst of the collision detection crimes with a blur of fizzing particles.
Sony Online Entertainment spent last week's Consumer Electronics Show demoing its PS3 and PC superhero MMO DC Universe Online to the American press, and a few new details have filtered through.
Sony Online Entertainment boss John Smedley has told Massively that there are no plans to bring the Station Cash item sales just introduced to EverQuest and EverQuest II to SOE's other current games.
Comics writer Geoff Johns, currently working on the script for Sony Online Entertainment's licensed superhero MMO DC Universe Online, has said the developer is working towards an early 2010 release - if not earlier.
After revealed that he was keen on bringing MMOs to PSP, Sony Online Entertainment boss John Smedley has spoken more about his company's console development strategy, and it amounts to this: every future SOE game is console-bound.
Spandex MMO for PC and PS3.
I have an admission to make: even though I've played MMOs for years, I guess I believed the stereotypes, and I expected Sony Online Entertainment's annual Fan Faire in Las Vegas to be filled with shuffling, socially-awkward freaks with poor dress sense, using obscure science-fiction references to mask their conversational inadequacy. The reasons for this are quite simple: having played MMOs for years, I'm a shuffling, socially-awkward freak with poor dress sense, and I use obscure science-fiction references to mask my conversational inadequacy.
As vice president of development at Sony Online Entertainment's Austin studio, John Blakely has seen the release of both licensed MMOs, with Star Wars Galaxies, and console MMOs, like EverQuest Online Adventures for the PS2. Now, as executive producer on the studio's forthcoming DC Universe Online, due out for both PS3 and PC, he has to do both at once. We caught up with him at SOE's Las Vegas Fan Faire to see how the game is progressing, and discuss the current state of the MMO scene.
With great power comes great responsibility, as a certain superhero once learned. The same can be said of a great licence. There's always a chance you'll bungle it, produce something that appeals to neither fans of the IP nor the gaming genre, and spend the next five years apologising for your mistakes.
Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty will be released on Blu-ray Disc in PAL regions.
Some new details have emerged of DC Universe Online, the new PC and PS3 MMO in development at Sony Online Entertainment.
In this month's Edge magazine, executive creative director Jim Lee describes DC Universe as a "kick-ass hybrid between a traditional MMO and a first-person action console game".
You'll get to create your own superhero or villain, choosing their particular powers, according to the Edge article. So you'll decide whether to attack using fire or ice, for example, and move around using acrobatics or the power of flight. Other potential abilities mentioned in the article include speed-running and teleportation.