MMORPG Update: WoW: Cataclysm December Launch Set, DC Universe Online Pushed to 2011

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Launch updates for probably the two most anticipated upcoming MMORPGs came over the wire in unison today, with both Blizzard and Sony Online Entertainment announcing the latest release schedules for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and DC Universe Online, respectively. There’s good news and bad news, depending on which game you’re looking forward to.

The good news is that, despite recent rumblings of a move to a January launch, the Cataclysm expansion pack for World of Warcraft will still launch this year. A specific date has been given too. The third WoW expansion goes live for PC and Mac on December 7th priced at $40, both at retailers and digitally via the online Blizzard Store. There will also be a collector’s edition sold for $80.

“Cataclysm includes the best content we’ve ever created for World of Warcraft. It’s not just an expansion, but a re-creation of much of the original Azeroth, complete with epic new high-level adventures for current players and a redesigned leveling experience for those just starting out,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “With the help of our beta testers, we’re putting on the final polish, and we look forward to welcoming gamers around the world to enjoy it in just a couple of months.”

Unfortunately that means the bad news relates to DC Universe Online. Unsurprisingly, SOE’s PC and PS3 superhero/supervillain MMORPG has been delayed out of the crowded fall season to a vague “early 2011” launch time frame.

“SOE is dedicated to delivering the highest quality game experiences possible,” says John Smedley, President of 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.”

To soften the blow of the delay, SOE has also announced additional info regarding the game’s beta plans. Beta invites will begin going out to players with VIP key cards and those who already registered for the beta on a priority basis next week, and North American customers who pre-orders the game by November 15th will also be guaranteed a beta spot by November 30th. If you wait until after November 15th to pre-order, you’ll have to wait until one week before the game’s launch to get a quick beta tease — and you will also get to take part in the Battle of the Legends beta-ending special event.

And one more tidbit of news- SOE has also announced that, after extensive community outcry, the PS3 version of DC Universe Online will also be made available in a Collector’s Edition set in North America containing the same content as the PC Collector’s Edition announced over the summer.

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