Sega of America and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have announced that The Matrix Online will be released January 18, 2005. This delay from the title's previously scheduled November ship date will allow for a simultaneous release in North America and Europe.
Pre-orders for The Matrix Online begin next week. Early buyers will receive access to an exclusive closed beta beginning November 18, 2004; access to the final version of the game three days before it is available to the public; and an advanced-level Hyper-Jump ability with a special effect. Players will be able to experience the full mechanics and abilities of The Matrix Online in the beta; however, the game's storyline will not begin until the January launch.