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‘DC Universe Online’ Goes Free to Play in October

Well, count me in for this. It was announced today that DC Universe Online, an MMO that obviously held a great deal of interest from me, will be forgoing it’s standard $14.99 per month subscription fee in favor of a free-to-play system that profits from micro-transactions. This type of switch is not an uncommon act for MMOs as they begin to age and fade from the spotlight, and are often a fantastic way to keep people playing and the game going while still turning a profit. Hit the jump for all the details.

From the official site:

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.

I always had an itch to try this game out but I just really can’t justify the subscription fees for MMOs as of late, as I rarely have any actual time to play them. This is why I stick to free-to-play titles such as FINAL FANTASY XIV (well, free for the time being). Now that DC Universe Online is going free-to-play I’ll most likely pick it up and will probably spend the $5 to upgrade to premium status, at the very least to support the company’s move.

We’ll have more details when the changes take place in October!

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