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DC Universe Online Going Free-To-Play

Free this October.

According to IGN, DC Universe Online (our review) will be moving to a free-to-play model for both PC and PS3 version in October. Three tiered levels will produce revenue for Sony Online Entertainment along with microtransactions. 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 (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 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.

The auto-renew payment plan will cease in October and anyone with a lifetime subscription will keep their privileges. We’ve had no official confirmation from SOE, so we will reach out for comment.

UPDATE: The news is now official, mentioned on the US PS Blog.

Source: IGN

  1. project84music
    Since: Mar 2010

    Would seem like a good way of doing it, if it’s true. May even pick it up and give it a whirl – I’m always put off by games which you have to pay a subscription for, I think it would make me feel guilty whenever I played anything else.

    Comment posted on 19/09/2011 at 15:28.
  2. Forrest_01
    Since: Jun 2009

    Question is: Would you need to be on a higher level to be able to get the platinum??

    On another note, i may actually be interested in this if it does go free. :)

    Comment posted on 19/09/2011 at 15:29.
    • skibadee
      Since: Oct 2009

      same here could see myself paying a fiver at the least to play it.

      Comment posted on 19/09/2011 at 20:44.
  3. bacon_nuts
    Since: Mar 2011

    Are they just making it free because nobody plays it anymore though? If that’s the case then I won’t be getting it. Like trying to play TF2 on PS3, it’s just awful and empty.

    Comment posted on 19/09/2011 at 15:37.
    • Porcupine_I
      Since: Aug 2009

      i am sure once it goes free to play, there will be plenty of people on it, regardless of how it is now :)

      Comment posted on 19/09/2011 at 15:43.
    • Jim H [Teabags]
      Since: Nov 2009

      There are plenty of people who still play on a daily basis, though the majority are Lv. 30s doing endgame stuff.

      Comment posted on 19/09/2011 at 15:43.
      • skibadee
        Since: Oct 2009

        there are about 8 on my PSN friends list play it.

        Comment posted on 19/09/2011 at 20:46.
  4. Jim H [Teabags]
    Since: Nov 2009

    I was literally just on the PSN store about to take out another 90 day sub when I saw this. Roll on October.

    Comment posted on 19/09/2011 at 15:44.
  5. kivi95
    Since: Oct 2009

    Hmm might be interested now…

    Comment posted on 19/09/2011 at 15:53.
  6. tonyyeb
    Since: Aug 2010
    • project84music
      Since: Mar 2010

      Oooh, I was assuming it would still cost to get the software, but that they were removing the subscription. Seeing as its going to be free to download as well, will definitely have to give it a go.

      Comment posted on 19/09/2011 at 16:13.
  7. GTRsannin
    Since: Nov 2010

    Will give this a go since you can get it for free i was always interested but i don’t like paying a monthly fee to play a game

    Comment posted on 19/09/2011 at 16:19.
  8. C_S15
    Since: Feb 2009

    Free-to-play got me well into TF2, so much so, I’ve probably spent more money in that game than I Valve would’ve charged for it! So this is certainly a good idea.

    Comment posted on 19/09/2011 at 16:41.
  9. TheRook21
    Since: Sep 2008

    My question is this:
    Will people who’ve already bought the game automatically get the ‘premium’ level access? Those who have a lifetime sub get the legendary access automatically.

    At the moment it reads that those who purchased the game and subscribed (monthly/quarterly/yearly) are getting shafted by it going free to play.

    Comment posted on 19/09/2011 at 16:49.
    • ray_gillespie
      Since: Aug 2009

      I’m pretty sure that anyone who has paid £5 or more in the past will automatically get the Premium access. Presumably this discounts any poor soul who buys the game between now and the Free-to-Play launch but doesn’t pay for a subscription.

      Comment posted on 19/09/2011 at 17:37.
    • Kevling
      Since: Dec 2008

      Anyone who has ever spent $5 or more, be it through subscriptions, or in-game Marketplace purchases (which the EU is only getting tomorrow), will get Premium level for life.
      Anyone who is currently subscribed on the day it switches to F2P will get Legendary status for the remainder of their original paid subscription.

      PS – anyone thinking of downloading the free PSN version who has strict download caps on their broadband, beware – my installed Game Data is currently 17Gb. Might be better to grab a cheap disc copy :)

      Comment posted on 20/09/2011 at 16:15.
  10. E8_BALL_
    Since: Jul 2010

    Just when I thought this autumn couldn’t get any better, i’m getting a copy for sure.
    h:)ppy days.

    Comment posted on 19/09/2011 at 17:07.

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