Sony Online Entertainment have announced a new free-to-play model for their popular comic massively multiplayer online (MMO) game DC Universe Online. 42 million hours of gameplay has been logged so far since the game launched earlier in the year making it a super feat in itself.
From late October, players will be able to download and play DC Universe Online for free on PlayStation 3 and PC. As the new model is introduced, three different access levels will be incorporated in to the game: Free, Premium and Legendary.
Players will be able to access the open world gameplay and missions in all three levels, including game updates and periodic fixes. The levels differ in game option and benefits depending on how much a player is willing to spend on their DCUO experience.
“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.
More information in the new free-to-play system is available at dcuniverseonline.com/free. If you haven’t started the DC MMO, perhaps October is a good time to live your life in costume (and I don’t mean ‘drag’).