Sony Online’s DC Universe Online has done a switcheroo from a premium to-play service to a free-to-play’er. The MMO will make the change in late October, when PC and PS3 gamers will be able to download and access the game for free. In addition to the Free tier, there will also be a Premium version and a Legendary version for those wanting extra benefits. All levels will have access to the world and missions, as well as game updates and fixes.
Players going the Free route will have access to two character slots as well as what’s available now, including Gotham City, Metropolis, and the current raids and alerts. Microtransactions will be used to purchase downloadable game packs and updates, such as additional character slots and powers. Any player, including former paid subscribers, who have spent or will spend at least $5 on in-game items will be considered a Premium-level user and have access to additional character and inventory slots, as well as higher cash limits. Premium users will also be able to purchase extra character slots and items in-game. Finally, the Legendary tier includes all DLC packs at no additional cost, over 15 character slots, over 80 inventory slots, ability to form unrestricted leagues, and more for $14.99 a month.
DC Universe Online combines immersive environments and fascinating story arcs with fast-paced, physics-based combat, allowing players to pick up buses and other objects in the environment, fly into the air and throw them at enemies; run up the sides of buildings to engage in melee brawls while shooting flames of fire from their hands; or cling to the side of buildings while using a grappling hook to pull flying opponents out of the sky – all while fighting alongside or against the legendary characters of DC Comics and charting their own path to legendary.
Official Site: DCUniverseOnline.com – Free-to-Play