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Developer(s) Sony Online Entertainment - Austin
Publisher(s) Sony Online Entertainment
Engine Unreal Engine 3
Release date 2 November 2010[1]
Genre Massively multiplayer online role-playing game
Mode(s) Online only
Age rating(s) T
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3
Media Blu-ray Disc, DVD
Input SIXAXIS Controller, DualShock 3, keyboard, mouse
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

DC Universe Online or DCUO is an MMORPG being developed by Sony Online Entertainment - Austin. Jim Lee serves as the game's Executive Creative Director, along with Carlos D'Anda, JJ Kirby, Oliver Nome, Eddie Nunez, Livio Ramondelli, and Michael Lopez. EverQuest developer Chris Cao is the Game Director and Shawn Lord is also involved,[2] and Geoff Johns is the principal writer.

On July 4, 2008, the first conceptual art was released for the game.[3] The first trailer was released on July 14, 2008.[4] New concept art and screenshots for the game were released the next day.[5] The developers held a Q&A on the same day, where players could ask questions about the gameplay and other aspects of the game.[6][7] Other interviews and information about the game have also come online.[8][9] It was revealed on their Myspace page that the first public demo of the game would be shown during Comic-Con International. Other interviews have also been found regarding the game.[10][11] Information about the games' reveal at Comic-Con have also surfaced.[12] A making of DCUO video has been released.[13] DCUO was also shown and playable in Pre-Alpha form at major conventions throughout 2009, such as New York Comic Con, E3 and Comic-Con International. The game has been scheduled for release in November 2010.[14]

According to a Sony spokesperson, the revenue model will be subscription based, rather than using microtransactions.[15]


DC Universe Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in the DC Universe. SOE hopes to make a different kind of MMORPG, with The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction being cited as one of the main inspirations for gameplay. SOE is working to make DC Universe Online more interactive than standard MMORPGs, while trying to keep their key elements, which include a leveling system, raid instances, endgame progression and inventories. The world is mainly shared, public space instead of heroes or villains owning territory. The public space features dynamically-generated content designed for both hero and villain player characters (uniquely created by the player, who cannot choose DCU stalwarts).[16]

It is known that players will choose a city of origin for their character, the only known cities being Metropolis and Gotham City. Another location currently known to be in the game is Arkham Asylum, Gotham City's mental institution for criminals. Players can also go to the Justice League of America Watchtower, headquarters of the Justice League. Each character is given either a Justice League or a Legion of Doom communicator - depending on their choice of playing as either a hero or a villain - and the character's allegiance will affect how the game is played; for example, a hero character may encounter a thug robbing an armored truck while a villain character will instead rob (or, depending on character level, assist with the robbing of) said armored truck. It is also known that player characters have threat ratings which will cause both heroes and villains alike to interact accordingly with the character. The game's first Case is a battle between Superman, Lex Luthor, and Doomsday where the player can aid either Superman or Luthor in defeating/capturing Doomsday, respectively.[17] Another Case involves a mutagen outbreak at Star Labs that infects all of the employees in the building.[18]


The story of DCUO is set in the 'present day' and the game begins with the arrival of a time-traveling Lex Luthor who has come to warn the Earth about a future battle that kills off the majority of heroes and villains, leaving the planet vulnerable to an invasion by Brainiac.

The Cinematic Trailer, "Who Do You Trust",[19] which appears to be the opening sequence trailer of the game, depicts a dark future where Lex Luthor and other villains are engaged in what seems to be a final battle against what's then left of the Justice League. After the future Luthor and his allies (including Deathstroke, Joker and Harley Quinn, Black Adam and others) defeat Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Flash, Green Lantern, and Cyborg, Brainiac's ship arrives overhead with an entire alien armada. Back in the present day, this future Luthor tells the Justice League that Braniac then proceeded to eliminate all of the heroes and villains who would attempt to defend Earth from his attack, Luthor remaining as the sole survivor. He stole some of Braniac's technology in order to return to the present day and inform the heroes.

Luthor sends some form of energy towards the surface of the Earth, which ripples in a shockwave around the geographical locations around Metropolis and Gotham City, and tells the JLA that he has just given them a fighting chance against Braniac. It has been proposed on many forums and reviews of the trailer, that Luthor used some of the same technology Braniac had utilized to copy the powers of Earth's Protectors, and projected it en-masse to random people all around those major cities, causing the emergence of more super-powered humans (i.e. the Player characters in the game world).

Confirmed characters

Heroes [3][4][13][20][21]
Villains [3][4][13]



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DC Comics announced, in January 2010, that they will be releasing DC Universe: Legends a 52-issue weekly limited series (along the lines of previous similar series like 52, Countdown to Final Crisis and Trinity) which would be based on the game.[26]


The registration for the beta started on July 20, 2010, and lets users choose which platform they want to beta test the game for.[27]


  1. DC Universe Online Coming In November
  2. DC Universe Online. Retrieved on 2008-10-29.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Earnest Cavalli (2008-07-04). First DC Universe Online Art Unveiled. Wired. Retrieved on 2008-10-29.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 DC Universe Online PC Games Trailer - E3 2008: Trailer. (2008-07-14). Retrieved on 2008-10-29.
  5. IGN: DC Universe Online Screenshots. Retrieved on 2008-11-02.
  6. E3 2008 Live Stream. Retrieved on 2008-11-02.
  7. Greg Miller (2008-07-16). E3 2008: DC Universe Online Eyes-on and Interview. Retrieved on 2008-11-02.
  8. Miguel Lopez. DC Universe Online Preview. Gamespy PC. Retrieved on 2008-11-07.
  9. DC Universe Online E3 2008: Gameplay and Story Interview HD. (2008-07-18). Retrieved on 2008-11-07.
  10. Wesley Yin-Poole (2008-07-18). DC Universe Online Interview. Retrieved on 2008-11-07.
  11. Mike Snider (2008-07-21). Artist Jim Lee gets in on DC game. USA Today. Retrieved on 19 November 2008.
  12. DC Universe Online Unveiled by Sony Online Entertainment to the Masses at Comic-Con. (2008-07-22). Retrieved on 19 November 2008.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 DC Universe Online PlayStation 3 Trailer - The Making Of. (2008-07-22). Retrieved on 19 November 2008.
  14. "Release Time frame". Associated Press. 2008-08-07. 
  15. SOE confirms subscription model for DCUO
  19. DC Universe Online Cinematic Trailer: Who Do You Trust?.
  26. George, Richard (January 15, 2010). DC Universe Online Becomes Legendary. IGN. Retrieved on January 18, 2010.
  27. DC Universe Online Beta Test Signup Page.

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