DC UNIVERSE ONLINE GOES FREE-TO-PLAY IN OCTOBER

I admit that, while I truly enjoyed DC Universe Online, I was unaccustomed to paying a monthly free for a game, as my last MMOR was Final Fantasy 11. Regardless, I gave a DC Universe Online a few months of my time, until the next thing came and took my attention away. I would still hear about updates, via email and facebook, and I was especially curious about the Green Lantern additions, but I didn’t want to hop into a subscription again. So this is welcoming news. I know a lot of smartphone games adopted this method of charging-for-play, and I can’t say that I have anything against them. You get free gaming, and if you choose to take it a step further, you have the option to do so. I’m just content that I can bring my He-Man character back from the dead.

09/19/2011

SAN DIEGO – September 19, 2011 – Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) today announced a new free-to-play business model for its popular massively multiplayer online (MMO) game DC Universe Online (DCUO) — where players have the freedom to become legendary fighting alongside DC Comics icons like Superman, Batman and The Jokerin an ever-evolving online action adventure that has already logged more than 42 million hours of super-powered gameplay action by players since its launch earlier this year.

Beginning late October, players will be able to download and access DCUO for free on both the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC. As part of this transition, SOE is introducing three new access levels to the game: Free, Premium and Legendary. All three levels will provide access to open world gameplay and missions, general game updates and fixes to the game, with each level offering different game options and benefits.

“When we launched DC Universe Online, we introduced a very different brand of massive online game driven by fast action combat to PC and PS3™gamers and with that, we discovered a new type of online gamer,” said John Smedley, President, Sony Online Entertainment. “We’ve listened to our community, and we’ve determined that the free-to-play model is the best fit for DC Universe Online.”

Smedley added, “Our philosophy embraces learning from our experience and as a pioneer in the free-to-play space with proven successful games like Free Realms and Clone Wars Adventures, we believe this new model will expand the DCUO experience and offer more options that cater to every type of player so they can play the game in a way that fits them.”

All three levels provide access to the current game, but allow differing tiers of convenience and flexibility. The levels are:

Free: 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.

Premium: Any player who has spent at least $5 USD (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.

Legendary: Maximum features and benefits are included at this level. Loaded with enhanced additional features, Legendary access will be available for a $14.99 USD 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.

More information on the DCUO free-to-play access levels can be found here: dcuniverseonline.com/free.

DC Universe Online combines immersive environments and fascinating story arcs with fast-paced, physics-based combat, allowing players to pick up buses and other objects in the environment, fly into the air and throw them at enemies; run up the sides of buildings to engage in melee brawls while shooting flames of fire from their hands; or cling to the side of buildings while using a grappling hook to pull flying opponents out of the sky – all while fighting alongside or against the legendary characters of DC Comics and charting their own path to legendary.

DC Universe Online is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on behalf of DC Entertainment. For more information about DC Universe Online, visit www.DCUniverseOnline.com.

Source: dcuniverseonline.com

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  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Stoffinator2008?gl=CA&hl=en Stoffinator

    This is how it should of been from the start to be honest. Now I have a reason to go and pick it up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002092371913 Oliver Clements

    Yes yes yes I have been hoping and waiting for DCUO to go free-to-play now i have no reason NOT to get it man am i happy

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Stoffinator2008?gl=CA&hl=en Stoffinator

    The sad part about it is, the trophies are only open to those who pay the $15 a month.  :-[

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Stoffinator2008?gl=CA&hl=en Stoffinator

    The sad part about it is, the trophies are only open to those who pay the $15 a month.  :-[

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002092371913 Oliver Clements

      Really? I didnt spot that on the site or post, thats kind of sad. But hey at least it wont turn me into a trophy ho

  • http://www.facebook.com/OpForceRich Richard B. Nickerson

    Despite going free to play finally, I still think i’m going to have to pass on this. MMO’s take up too much of my already limited time, that I would rather spend playing on my PS3.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sindred Rey Barrera

      Not sure if you’ve played it, Richard, but one of the cool things about DCU is how easy it is to pick up and play, do some quests, fight some villains and log off.  It doesn’t have that “need to grind” feel of other MMORs, and doesn’t punish you for lagging behind from your friends.

      It’s more like someone taking Champions of Norrath and making it for thousands of players.

      As a victim of the MMOR bug, I was happy that I could play DCU for a few hours and move to another game without feeling like I was missing out on something.