final beta phase of DC Universe Online came crashing to an end on the
night of January 5th with a series of highly publicized events dubbed
"Battle of Legends" that included appearances of iconic heroes and
villains donning the battle gear that was shown in the game's epic
Also making a special appearance, was Brainiac and several of his "Avatar of Tech" monstrosities that took over key historic points such as Metropolis' Centennial Park near the statue of Superman, and the Botanical Gardens in Gotham City.
Several of the iconic characters were being driven hands-on by developers and comic book celebrity artist, Jim Lee.
This all sounds like the set-up for what was intended to be a monstrous battle of epic proportions, but really amounted to nothing more than a few flashy effects and nigh-unstoppable monsters being spawned. Other than a little smacktalking between the developer-driven heroes and villains, the event was barelya blip on this game's already weak radar signal.
Superman and Lex Luthor square off!
Other reports are indicating that the entire event failed to launch on the PS3 servers, or was even worse-off technologically speaking. It's hard to see the facts between the squeaky wheels, but I believe it's safe to say that this particular event did not live up to the hype that SOE had put behind it.
Brainiac's Monstrous Minions
While this may sound like old hat for veterans of the MMOG industry as far as "GM Events" go, it's important to note that DCUO is trying to reach out to a different audience of action gamers and console owners. Throughout the event, it was common to see complaints about every aspect of what was going on including the stuff that someone that's seen dozens of such events might take for granted. Like being able to find the central characters, or stay logged in, or actually participate in the action without it being a slideshow or slaughterfest.
In the end, I believe this event came back and bit SOE in the ass on this one. For a game that already seems to be having difficulty marketing itself to the right audience, launching such a failbomb at the end of what amounts to a "Free Preview" to most beta testers is likely only going to serve to alienate them.
So, thanks for the thought Sony, but how about something that's actually new, fun and exciting next time around? Everybody's bored out of their minds of beating up freakishly overpowered villains in random locations, and nobody wants to fight the crowds, the lag and the crashes. So why pump up the promotion on an event that you know, and we know, is never going to meet expectations and only going to break hearts?
I've included a few more pictures at the end of this article for those that were interested in watching the event unfold, but just couldn't manage to participate.
DC Universe Online will launch on January 11th in the US for both PC and PS3 markets, and is available now for pre-order at your favorite retailer or digital download provider.