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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: DC Universe
DC Universe Online’s second DLC pack, Lightning Strikes, has launched for the PC and PS3. The Flash stars in Flashback Duo, a new time-traveling adventure set at the moment when Barry Allen becomes The Flash. In addition to the new quest, Central City is available for solo and group adventures and Electricity Powers, the game’s eighth power set, is introduced. The powers include the ability to create Tesla Balls and fire Shockwave bolts to damage enemies, and siphon energy from the environment with Ionic Drain. New gear and villains, including Livewire and The Trickster, round out the additions.
SOE’s president, John Smedley, has announced—well, tweeted—some post-transition stats for DC Universe Online. Since shifting to a free-to-play model, the title has seen a 700% increase in daily revenue, with a breakdown of 47% for PC and 53% for PS3, as well as an increase in player base growth of 6% per day. Additionally, over 85% of daily log-ins are returning players, and the percentage of European players has increased from 20% to 50% of daily log-ins.
DC Universe Online has relaunched as a free-to-play title for both the PC and PS3. There are also packages for those wanting a little more than what the Free version offers: Premium Access and Legendary Access. All levels will have access to the world and missions, as well as game updates and fixes.
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.