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:
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.
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.