Bad news first. Sony Online Entertainment has today delayed the release of DC Universe Online from November to an unspecified date in 2011.
Without being too specific, the studio says "this extra time will allow us to address community feedback in a meaningful way."
SOE president John Smedley, explained: "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."
Now the good news: Those who have pre-ordered the game in the US, or do so before November 15, will get access to the beta by November 30. Also, "players with VIP key cards and those having registered at the DCUO website will receive access on a priority basis starting as early as next week."
It adds: "Anyone pre-ordering the game after November 15th will gain beta access one week prior to the launch date and will be able to participate in the special beta ending event entitled Battle of the Legends with the rest of the beta participants."
Participants get a special emblem on when the final game's released. More details are through the source link.
SOE also confirmed that the Collector's Edition for the PlayStation 3 will also be released in the US (no UK word at this time), containing "the DCUO Batman statue, the limited edition Art of DC Universe Online art book, the DCUO Legends Issue #0 comic book with a Jim Lee variant cover, the DCUO Prestige comic presentation of the DCUO back-story and the limited edition Jim Lee-drawn poster Version of the Legends Issue #0 comic book variant cover."