DC Universe Online Adopting Free-to-Play Model This October

September 19, 2011Written by Alex Osborn

Comic book fans hesitant to jump on the all-too-expensive MMO bandwagon have reason to be excited, as Sony Online Entertainment has just announced that DC Universe Online will be going free-to-play this October.

A total of three tiers will be introduced: Free, Premium and Legendary. Starting late October, gamers will be able to download and have access to the game (via PC or PS3) completely free of charge. If players would like to experience more of what the universe has to offer, they can invest in either Premium or Legendary, but the free option will still provide open world gameplay, plenty of quests and updates.

Here’s a full breakdown of the three pricing tiers:

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.

John Smedley, President, Sony Online Entertainment said:

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. We’ve listened to our community, and we’ve determined that the free-to-play model is the best fit for DC Universe Online.

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.

If you’ve been on the fence about DC Universe Online, this is the perfect time to jump in and give it a try.