DC Universe Online going free to play

DC Universe Online going free to play

Sony Online's DC Universe Online will go free to play next month.

Sony Online Entertainment has revealed plans to make DC Comics based MMO, DC Universe Online, a free-to-play title as of next month.

'This was our preferred business model from day one,' SOE's executive producer Lorin Jameson told IGN - though it is the first that we've heard about such plans.

Sony will make the game totally free as of next month, dropping both subscriptions and sales of the boxed product. Instead, microtransactions will be used to finance the game and the following three tiers of membership will become available.

New players will now have access to the current gameplay in DC Universe Online (including Gotham City, Metropolis, and all current raids and alerts), with the ability to create two characters, join a league and many other benefits. Free level players will be able to purchase downloadable game packs/updates, additional character slots, powers and more through microtransactions.

Any player who has spent at least $5 (including former paid subscribers and new players who have purchased $5 of in-game items) will qualify for the Premium access level. Premium level players will have more benefits available to them than the Free level player, including additional character slots, additional inventory slots, and higher cash limits. Downloadable adventure packs, additional character slots, and more can be purchased in-game.

Maximum features and benefits are included at this level. Loaded with enhanced additional features, Legendary access will be available for a $14.99 monthly fee and includes all DLC packs at no cost, more than 15 character slots, more than 80 inventory slots, the ability to form unrestricted-sized leagues, and many other benefits.

You can read our thoughts on microtransactions in our recent microtransaction investigation.

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zimbloggy 20th September 2011, 14:09 Quote
yay. we definitely needed another free to play mmo that's for sure!
Aracos 20th September 2011, 18:04 Quote
Wait, is the description of free implying you need to buy game updates?
mighty_pirate 20th September 2011, 21:58 Quote
Anyone notice this has disappeared from Steam too? Just went to have a look-see & it's gone. Another DLC dispute?
longweight 20th September 2011, 22:06 Quote
If it's not on Steam then I am not interested.
cgthomas 21st September 2011, 21:58 Quote
The future of gaming:
- Free to play with micro transactions
- Heavily subscription based games (Activision's alley)
thetrashcanman 22nd September 2011, 11:21 Quote
Originally Posted by mighty_pirate
Anyone notice this has disappeared from Steam too? Just went to have a look-see & it's gone. Another DLC dispute?

Whaaa? Bloody hell that is a bit of luck, I just bought it from steam the day before this was announced :D
Hovis 29th September 2011, 03:24 Quote
Glad this is happening. I got a really good couple of months out of DCUO, but once I'd hit level cap with a bunch of different characters it all got a bit grindy (not a typo, it actually gets grindy after you hit max level, the road to the level cap was always fun and interesting). Problem with a game like that is for the price of an extra month of it, and just one extra month at that, you can buy a whole new game, thus, like everybody else I know that played, I quit. So it's good to see it go free to play.
Volund 29th September 2011, 13:50 Quote
Originally Posted by Aracos
Wait, is the description of free implying you need to buy game updates?

same as with LOTRO probably, you need to buy content updates (I'm assuming not regular bugfixes/game balance updates)
itrush07 29th September 2011, 14:17 Quote
Hmm, perfect timing... hope to try it too..
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