First look at 'DC Universe Online': To the virtual Batcave

At Comic-Con, DC comics and Sony Online Entertainment show off an in-the-works online world for heroes and villains.

DC Universe Online with Batman and Robin
Batman fans can find the superhero, along with other famous DC characters, in the new MMO DC Universe Online. Sony Online Entertainment

If hoards of Batman and Joker fans have their way, one booth may be getting some extra attention at Comic-Con, the annual comic book conference that kicks off in San Diego today.

DC Universe Online Green Lantern
Players will develop their own avatars to fight characters like Green Lantern. Sony Online Entertainment

Following the success of the newest Batman flick and Sony's E3 announcement of a new massively multiplayer online game (MMO), DC Universe Online, DC, Warner Brothers, and Sony Online Entertainment are treating some of their biggest fans to a sneak peek of the virtual world that will be offered on PlayStation 3 or online.

But for those who can't attend the everything-comic conference, DC Universe Online's MySpace page offers some select screenshots and artwork.

According to Reuters, the game features 150 characters from the DC comics, designed with the help of DC comic book artist and executive creative director Jim Lee, as well as other DC writers.

DC Online Universe with Harley Quinn and the Joker.
Players can become villains and meet up with Harley Quinn and the Joker. Sony Online Entertainment

However, the focus isn't solely on the famous comic book characters, who remain unplayable by users. The MMO will instead let users create their own superhero or villain when they join the universe. They can then engage with other characters, good and bad, to duke it out.

SOE has set no official release date, instead waiting for feedback on the current state of the virtual super-universe. The game will be featured in six kiosks on the floor of Comic-Con from July 24 to July 27.

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