The DC Universe Online Beta Ends With Epic Battles

The DC Universe Online beta goes out with a bang today, with tonight's cataclysmic "Battle of the Legends" paving the way for the MMO's January 11 launch. Will you side with Batman and Superman, or The Joker and Lex Luthor?

The end of beta testing is a big event for a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, the last hurrah before the servers are wiped clean and everyone starts fresh on launch day. Sony Online Entertainment plans on making this one memorable, giving players the chance to take part in the biggest battles the game has yet seen. Superman faces off against Lex Luthor. Batman and The Joker stage a major showdown. Comics legend Jim Lee takes on IGN.

Yeah, that last bit was a little puzzling to me as well. Apparently Jim Lee, AKA Future Batman, will be taking on some of IGN writers during the event, with regular beta testers able to join the battle to help one side or the other triumph.

Check out the complete schedule for U.S. PlayStation 3 and PC servers:

US Beta Servers - Wednesday January 5
PC BETA 1 / Wednesday January 5 / 5PM PT / Botanical Gardens (Batman vs. Joker) or Centennial Park (Superman vs. Lex)
PS3 BETA 2 / Wednesday January 5 / 5PM PT / Botanical Gardens (Batman vs. Joker) or Centennial Park (Superman vs. Lex)
PC BETA 3 / Wednesday January 5 / 6PM PT / Botanical Gardens (Batman vs. Joker) or Centennial Park (Superman vs. Lex) *Come join the battle and fight alongside or against Jim Lee aka Future Batman in this event as he takes on Greg Miller from IGN and his league of wanna be villains!
PS3 BETA 3 / Wednesday January 5 / 6PM PT / Botanical Gardens (Batman vs. Joker) or Centennial Park (Superman vs. Lex)
PC BETA 4 / Wednesday January 5 / 7PM PT / Botanical Gardens (Batman vs. Joker) or Centennial Park (Superman vs. Lex)
PS3 BETA 1 / Wednesday January 5 / 7PM PT / Botanical Gardens (Batman vs. Joker) or Centennial Park (Superman vs. Lex) *Once again, fight against Jim Lee aka The Future Joker, as he attempts to spawn chaos across the Universe!

If you can't make it, don't fret: The DC Universe Online Facebook page will be tracking the battles' progress, keeping you abreast of what you're missing.

I'll try to make it on tonight, though I can't guarantee anything. With CES getting underway, I might not have the time. Fingers crossed!