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Sony Online Entertainment has officially announced Marv Wolfman as a collaborator on the upcoming DCU Online MMORPG game.  In addition to the press release, you’ll want to take the jump to see a whole new round of images from the game (remember to click the thumbnails for the larger view).

Press Release

February 6, 2009 – In another sign of Sony Online Entertainment LLC’s (SOE) commitment to the upcoming DC Universeâ„¢ Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer online video game, the company today announced that award-winning writer Marv Wolfman has joined the creative team at WildStorm Productions that is working with SOE to bring the DC Universe to life on the PLAYSTATION® 3 computer entertainment system and the PC.

Wolfman will write compelling story arcs, exciting quests and in-game events for DCUO. Wolfman’s seminal run on The New Teen Titans is a favorite among comic book fans, and along with his work on series such as Crisis on Infinite Earths, Batman and Superman, he has become one of the most recognizable names in comics of the last three decades. His illustrious comic credits also include creating and writing Blade, The Vampire Hunter.

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Wolfman joins an all-star roster already at work on DCUO, including legendary comic book artist Jim Lee, who serves as the game’s executive creative director, and renowned DC writer Geoff Johns, who is crafting the game’s overarching story. DCUO is currently in development at SOE’s Austin studio in collaboration with DC Comics and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

“Getting Marv on board with DC Universe Online shows just how passionate and determined we are about making sure this franchise delivers for both video game players and comic book fans alike,” said John Smedley, president of SOE. “This is a true collaboration between the top talent at DC and SOE, and I believe the result of this creative alliance will be one of the most exciting, memorable online game experiences to date.”

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Wolfman has been a creative force both on and off the pages of comic books. Wolfman recently worked as a writer for the popular Teen Titans animated series. In addition to Blade, which was turned into a TV series and three hit movies starring Wesley Snipes, he created Bullseye, the prime villain in the 2003 movie Daredevil. Wolfman has received numerous awards and recognition for his work, including the SCRIBE award for best speculative fiction novel adaptation for Superman Returns, and a special commendation by the White House for his work on three anti-drug comics for the “Just Say No” program.

“As a gamer, this is a dream project in many ways,” said Wolfman. “I get to create new stories in the DC Universe that will make this video game world a truly unique, unforgettable experience.”

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About DCUO
DCUO offers a dramatic online setting where players can enter the DC Universe and battle alongside or against their favorite DC Comics heroes and villains including such icons as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Joker, as well as many other fan favorites such as Green Lantern, The Flash, Catwoman and Martian Manhunter. The action and drama will play out in such well-known locations as Gotham City and Metropolis among others.

About Sony Online Entertainment
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, Untold Legends™, and PlanetSide®, as well as for developing Star Wars Galaxies™, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX; Seattle, WA; Denver, CO; Tucson, AZ and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development.

SOE, the SOE logo, EverQuest and PlanetSide are registered trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. Untold Legends and Legends of Norrath are trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners

About DC Comics
DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics’ Web site is located at www.dccomics.com.

The Author

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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8 Comments

  1. Lifeisaglitch
    February 7, 2009 at 7:32 pm — Reply

    Yes, yes Wolfman but how about Dracula or The Creature From The Black Lagoon!

    But seriously i want gameplay videos, and i want them now Sony!

  2. February 7, 2009 at 7:40 pm — Reply

    IGN dot com put some videos of the game up a couple weeks ago. I think the end result will probably be a little more polished though, it looks just a tad bland at the moment.

  3. February 7, 2009 at 8:12 pm — Reply

    Robbie: We have those videos floating around the site somewhere too.

  4. Lifeisaglitch
    February 7, 2009 at 8:26 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the heads-up, and videos those do look a bit bland. The graphics and animation are actually not bad looking but if its going to be real time and not turnbased they have to make character animations for getting hit, having a character getting punched and not reacting at all looks dumb.
    They should pay more homage to the fighting and brawler genre rather than the typical MMORPG in that regard though i can see why it may behard from a technical standpoint, and they are still working on the alpha.

    But it just feels wrong they have to 100 percent real-time or not at all or else its gonna look dumb! Stree Fighter or Fire Emblem there is no middleground…you dont want your game to loose “impact” and “feel” because the character fight like they are from frkn WOW or FF (Catering to those guys wont help they already play and wont convert easily)…In general Super Hero games have been brawlers and Fighters so i guess this is why it bugs me so much.

    Im gonna go play Marvel VS Capcom now…..Now Thats a Game!!!

  5. Lifeisaglitch
    February 7, 2009 at 8:27 pm — Reply

    Oh laawd i typed that in waaaay to fast.

  6. ~wyntermute~
    February 7, 2009 at 11:06 pm — Reply

    Call me old-fashioned. Call me cheap. Heck, call me crazy if you want. (waits to be called any/all of the above) Now, with that outta the way… As much a DCU fan as I am, and as much as I would enjoy kicking some spandex-clad evil heiney…. Unless the monthly “subscription fee” to this game is ZERO dollars, or something like a penny per hour played, I cannot find it in me to fully get behind this whole MMORPGBBQHDTVWTFLOL craze. I have serious problems with buying something and then having to pay more to use it, regardless of HOW MUCH I make use of it over any given timespan. People may come back with the argument that “you have to pay for cable tv, doncha?”, which is true. There is nothing that states I have to use my tv for cable, nor that I have to pay every time I want to use it to watch one of the DVDs I already own. (Yes, I understand electricity ain’t free, but I only pay for as much of that as I actually consume.)

    Also, I’m with ‘glitch: don’t aim this at the Wowfans or the Everpeeps. They already have their drug, and addicts are fiercely loyal to their addiction of choice…

  7. Lifeisaglitch
    February 8, 2009 at 10:33 am — Reply

    Wyntermute you so craayzeaah!

    Looks like i wont ever be one of them newfangled mmo-gamers….Unless the Agency ever comes out.
    Or DCUO shapes up….

  8. clubberlang6
    February 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm — Reply

    I’ve played this game a bit and its okay. I play a villian and I named it after a local politician. Still my favorite RPG id advanced d and d pool of radiance. That game was sweet .

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