A tactic that is increasingly being adopted by faltering MMOs, the free-to-play model has successfully breathed new life into games that needed more players. Back in September, Sony Online Entertainment announced that DC Universe Online would go F2P in October, but since then, no word was given on when the game would switch from subscription based to free.
SOE have finally announced that the superhero MMO will cost $0.00 starting on November the 1st, 2011, for both the PC and PS3 versions. However, as SOE has to make some money, certain features will only be available to those who pay.
There will be 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.
Additionally, only Legendary subscribers will be able to unlock trophies (be sure to read our trophy guide).
Unfortunately, current Blu-Ray PS3 owners will have to download a new client, which will take up 20GB – even though they have the game on disc.