There 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.
The 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:
This 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 enjoyed.
This 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.
Sep 19, 2011
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