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Sony Online Entertainment reveals November 1 start date for DC Universe Online's free-to-play option

During a streaming press conference moments ago, Sony Online Entertainment announced the official start date for the free-to-play era in DC Universe Online: heroes and villains will be able to hit the streets for free starting on November 1 – less than one week away.

The free-to-play option was actually revealed last month, and will allow for multiple different ways to stay subscribed to DC Universe Online. Players who are interested in trying the game without spending a dime can do so, but they'll be missing out on some content. Those who have spent (or will spend) at least $5 are "Premium" members, and will have more benefits available to them including additional character slots, additional inventory slots, and higher cash limits. They still won't have access to all of the content, though; some will still have to be purchased in-game. Anyone who wants to either buy a lifetime subscription or spend $15 a month can do so to be granted "Legendary" membership, which grants access to 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.

We're happy to see DCUO evolve after a fairly rough start, especially considering the game's biggest issue wasn't actually the fault of the developers. Instead, the game's numbers were crippled when the PSN hack took down the PlayStation network, making it impossible for PC and PS3 users to access their game. Hopefully this move will fill the streets of Gotham and Metropolis with super-powered heroes and villains once again, to do battle for truth, justice, and the American way. And to, you know, throw cars and stuff.

7 comments

  • rabidpotatochip - October 28, 2011 10:55 a.m.

    You know, this is a little off-topic but it warms my heart to see so many decent-looking free to play MMOs out there these days. (And my recaptcha is in Greek! /cry
  • FoxdenRacing - October 28, 2011 11:56 a.m.

    I'm still leery of it. It has the potential to be a very good thing; demos fully integrated with the main game, meaning progress that carries over for full purchase (or in the case of an MMO, once subscribed). It makes demos no longer wasted time, and it makes sure multiplayer demos are truly indicative of the experience. On the other hand, 'Free to Play' tends to be a synonym for the worst things microtrans has to offer: 'why should we charge you $60 once when we can charge you $500, a buck at a time?' and 'Silly gamer, we don't want you to work for your advancement...we want you to pay us for it!', shameless and free-for-all gouge fests that prey on those gullible enough to turn their nose up at a 3/$10 sale as being too expensive, but will happily pay $5 each. Granted, I'm also having a bad month. That could have some to do with it as well.
  • awinnerisjew - October 27, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    I'm confused...Do you still have to buy the disc for PS3? If so, it's not ENTIRELY free to play then, is it?
  • garnsr - October 27, 2011 8:56 p.m.

    I was also wondering if we'd be able to download it on PS3 for free?
  • awinnerisjew - October 27, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    I just checked the FAQs on their site. It says "No software to buy".
  • IceBlueKirby - October 27, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    I'll definitely give it a shot once it's free. I was somewhat interested in it when it wasn't, I just don't usually play MMO's (or PC games in general, and I hardly ever take my PS3 online) so I didn't think it would be worth the money. Now that's not an issue.

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