DC Universe Online Goes Free-To-Play
Andy Ruffell / 5 years ago
As from late October DC Universe Online will be going the way we have seen many MMO games go of late which is to say they are going Free-To-Play a trend which of late has been quite common with other titles of genre doing the same such as LOTRO and WoW.
DCUO allows players to fight along side their favourite DC icons such as Superman, Batman and The Joker in surroundings such as Gotham City, Arkham Asylum and the Justice League Of America Watchtower, choosing your side as either a hero or a villain.
There will be a move to three types of account (comparison chart here):
· Free: New players will now have access to the current game play 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 down-loadable game packs/updates, additional character slots, powers and more through microtransactions.
· 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. Down-loadable adventure packs, additional character slots, and more can be purchased in-game.
· 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.
The Free-To-Play system will be on both PS3 and PC platforms.
When we launched DC Universe Online, we introduced a very different brand of massive online game driven by fast action combat to PC and PS3™gamers and with that, we discovered a new type of online gamer,” said John Smedley, President, Sony Online Entertainment. “We’ve listened to our community, and we’ve determined that the free-to-play model is the best fit for DC Universe Online.”
Smedley added, “Our philosophy embraces learning from our experience and as a pioneer in the free-to-play space with proven successful games like Free Realms and Clone Wars Adventures, we believe this new model will expand the DCUO experience and offer more options that cater to every type of player so they can play the game in a way that fits them.