First casualty of Cataclysm: DC Universe Online delayed

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Hoping to squeeze in your tights to fight alongside Superman and Batman next month? Well, you’ll have to wait until early 2011 now as Sony Online Entertainment has delayed the launch of DC Universe Online. The good news is that if you’ve already pre-ordered, or pre-order prior to November 15th, you’re guaranteed a slot in the open beta.

Anyone who’s familiar with MMOs sees this delay as no surprise. Two years ago, Warhammer Online was poised to be a big threat to World of Warcraft. The game launched in September and had nearly 1 million subscriptions. But then November rolled around and Wrath of the Lich King decimated the WAR player base and pretty much killed the game. SOE is smart to push DCUO out past the launch of Cataclysm as it’s incredibly stupid to launch any MMO within that window.