are about to be a lot more metahumans romping around the streets of Gotham and
Metropolis in DC Universe Online. Starting next month, Sony Online
Entertainment will be offering a free-to-play option for both the PC and PlayStation 3 versions of their super-powered
online game, letting players dip their toes into the MMO without spending a
dime. If they do want to spend a dime, however, there are two other options to
choose from that offer the ability to spend plenty.
pricing structure will be moved to a three tiered system: Free, Premium, and
Legendary. John Smedley, President of Sony Online Entertainment, says that “All
three levels 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.” Those options and benefits are listed below:
- 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
- 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
- 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.
pricing structure makes sense – DCUO couldn’t go full-blown free-to-play after
pushing lifetime memberships on its subscribers, and this system allows for the
free option to almost be a demo of sorts. It’s not unlike what we’ve seen in
other games that go from paid to free, with the only notable difference being
the mid-level option, which is a nice addition to let players who want to
bounce from paid to free do so without fear of losing content they’ve already
is good news, and will hopefully pull back some of those who might have left
after the game’s servers were offline during the PlayStation Network hacking.
Being told that you can enjoy the same experience for free that you used to pay
for is quite the incentive to boot it back up.