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DC Universe Online Goes Free-to-Play in October

Updated Tue, Sep 20, 2011 by Martuk

DC Universe Online goes free-to-play in late October with a new three-tiered access business model. Champions Online went free-to-play in January and City of Heroes soon followed suit. The only remaining subscription hold out was DC Universe Online (DCUO) and that changed today in a new press release from Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) that announced that the game will be going free-to-play in October for both PC and Playstation 3 players.

SOE will adopt a new three-tiered access option for the game when it makes the change in October:

  • 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.

A pricing chart is available for additional details on each pricing option.

Sources:
DCUO Press Release
DCUO Pricing Page


I'm not surprised over this development. It seems that DCUO bled players and their scheduled monthly new content updates began to fall increasingly behind. Hopefully, this will bring some new blood into the game.

It seems to be taking a page from LotRO's book with the payment system. I think that's fair. If you still want the same things you have, keep paying 15$ a month. If not, play the free version. The 100% free restrictions is far I think. You're playing a free high-end game, pay atleast 5$! Im going to try it out, if only to see batman!

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