DC Universe Online is Going Free-to-Play

by on September 19, 2011

Sony Online Entertainment have announced that there is going to be big changes in the DC Universe.

Beginning in late October, players will be able to download and access DCUO for free on both the PlayStation 3 and PC, changing the business model to a “free to play” structure that is becoming increasingly common in the hyper-competitive MMO market.

Sony, as part of the transition are introducing a three tier structure, each offering unique benefits and game options.

John Smedley, President at Sony Online Entertainment claims that “[Sony] have listened to our community, and we’ve determined that the free-to-play model is the best fit for DC Universe Online.” All three tiers in the new payment structure 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.

The details of each tier are as follows:

– 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 (UK amount unconfirmed) 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 £9.99 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.

Sony have only confirmed that these changes are slated for “the end of October”. Hopefully the choice will enhance the DC Universe and make it more enticing for new players or those previously put off by the price.