DC Universe Online actually, finally looks set to be released soon -- November, in fact, or at least that's the OFFICIAL release month. I'm still skeptical since the release of this project has been delayed before, but it's looking a little more hopeful this time.
So, what's DCU Online? For those of you who don't know, it's an online gaming environment, similar to World of Warcraft, that consists of the DC Universe and all of its characters. The idea is, you can create your own hero or villain and roam freely around the DCU, battling villains or heroes, interacting with DC characters, etc. Here's the official short description, followed by the most recent trailer:
"DC Universe™ Online is the only next-generation massively multiplayer online action game that delivers unparalleled physics-powered combat set in the DC Universe™. This genre-defining game puts the power of the DC Super Heroes and villains into the palm of your hands… The next legend is YOU!"
I think the only DC cities that will be available, to start, are Gotham and Metropolis, but others are planned for the future. They'd better be planning on allowing players to go into SPACE, because you KNOW all of the Green Lantern fans are going to be expecting and demanding it.
There IS supposed to be a Marvel version in the works as well, but its release seems to be delayed at the moment. The DCU one is scheduled to be released first.
So, does this spell the end of the comics blogosphere? I wonder. Probably not, because people who love to write are going to feel compelled to write, no matter how seductive a gaming environment might be. However, I can picture myself becoming a Green Lantern and running around in this environment QUITE easily. It could potentially be a huge success and very addictive -- in which case, traffic around the blogosphere could drop dramatically as bloggers instead head out to beat up virtual opponents or try to strike up romances with various DC characters. OR, the game environment could turn out to be a huge disappointment and the bloggers will stay put. We'll see!
In the meantime, if you want to know more about DC Universe Online, here's the official link:
Here's some concept art, too, with more available at THIS link: http://dcuo.station.sony.com/featured-art.vm. Click on images to see larger versions. Of course, most of the available artwork is devoted to Batman's universe, but what there is looks VERY interesting. Have fun!