Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The end of the comics blogosphere approaches ...?

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: 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!


Servo said...

As fan of both City of Heroes and Champions Online, I'm both excited and underwhelmed by the upcoming DCU Online MMO.

There's so much creativity and detail between the previous two MMOs that I am concerned that DC's foray will seem limited by comparison. But, it is a chance to play with your favorite heroes and it looks good.

But I don't think it'll dent the blogosphere - if anything I'm sure we'll see many a blogger comment on how good "this" looks or how inaccurate "that" is about the game world or characters.
There's certainly more commercial potential with the "name brand."

As for Marvel's foray - everything I've seen and heard is that it's been mismanaged from the start.

Anonymous said...

I want someone to blog in character about their DCU experiences. :)

MetFanMac said...

Who's the "genius" who built that twisted-looking amusement park IN GOTHAM??

Trenino said...

Why does the Joker have gold teeth?

other than that...

SallyP said...

I'm terrible at video games, but I sure do love the artwork. Hal looks great, and I have to admit that I really like Wonder Woman's outfit. She should start wearing that in her book!

Sea-of-Green said...

It COULD be a lot of fun to get a bunch of bloggers together and create our own super-hero or -villain teams based on our blog profiles. ;-)

Should I be Sea of Green? Or the Hoosier Hotshot?

MetFanMac said...

How about Emerald Wave? ;-)

And I would be The Oddball!

SallyP said...

Can I be the Emerald Fanny Fetishist?

Dom said...

Hey, if you want to adjust the video's dimensions in this post go to the "edit post" options and click this post. Then go to the tab that says "edit html." Find where the video is in your blog post and change the dimensions of the height and width until it fits in your posting space accurately.

It looks like your width is 460pix for your main section. I would adjust the 2 width sections to 400 and the height sections to 250 or 300 max, for the video.

If you have any questions or trouble just let me know. Oh...and I like your blog.

Sea-of-Green said...

Why, thank you, Dom! :-) And thanks for the video tips. I'm not in a position right now to do any tweaking, but I'll certainly follow your advice for future video postings.

Anonymous said...

I died a little when Hal, Bruce, and Barry were killed in the cinematic trailer.

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