DC Universe Online F2P launch set for November 1

SOE's superhero MMORPG will go free-to-play for PC and PlayStation 3 players next week; additional characters, powers, and DLC available for purchase.

Last month, Sony Online Entertainment announced that its massively multiplayer online role-playing game DC Universe Online will introduce a free-to-play option on top of its current subscription-based model.

At the time, SOE executive producer Lorin Jameson said the new scheme was not in response to a drop in subscribers, but rather a chance to implement a business model envisioned from day one of development.

DCUO free from November 1!

Today, SOE announced that the free-to-play option will become available from November 1 for PC and PlayStation 3 players. The announcement came via a live video stream with DC Universe Online developers.

The free-to-play pricing tier will give players access to the game (including Gotham City, Metropolis, and all current raids and alerts) and the ability to create two characters and join a league. Players will be able to purchase downloadable game packs and updates, as well as additional character slots and powers.

Players who spend US$5 or more on in-game content will qualify for Premium access, which will allow them more inventory space and higher cash limits. A subscription service will also be available for US$15 a month--the same price players currently pay--which opens up Legendary access. This will give players all the downloadable content packs, more than 15 character slots, 80 inventory slots, and the ability to form player leagues of any size. For more information on DCUO's new access levels, see dcuniverseonline.com/free.

DC Universe Online became SOE's fastest-selling game upon launch in January. The game lets players create crime fighters or villains and is set in locales like Superman's Metropolis and Batman's Gotham City.

For more on the MMORPG, check out GameSpot's review of DC Universe Online.

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Vorarum
Vorarum

@MegamanX2011 If you paid $50 then you will automatically be a Premium User, as long as you are using the same login info as when you first played. And as a Premium, you can trade items and use the auction house.

MTLheaDRicardo
MTLheaDRicardo

I've checked on my ps3 if it was ready to play for free. But it's still not ready, the site says under maintenance and check back soon. I guess flipping the switch isn't easy as one thought

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

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spike6958
spike6958

When this first came out I played it quite a bit and was enjoying it, but haven't been on in a while. I may have to load it back up.

randomtext
randomtext

The story was decent if you like comics.

Rovelius
Rovelius

I still don't see myself playing

megakick
megakick

You still have to pay for a subscription to get all the options. So Sony is still trying to get their money back?

Vindicator_911
Vindicator_911

@megakick, free to play was their original plan, but they had to make some of their money back first.

MegamanX2011
MegamanX2011

Wish that the fact that i paid 50 bucks for this would at least turn me into a premium user (not legendary). Playing this without being able to trade items, use the auction house and extreme limited storage is not even worth installing.

The_Last_Ride
The_Last_Ride

i hope more players will come and join us :D

megakick
megakick

F2P this soon? Sony gave up already? when I was bored this game gave me sumthing to do that pretty much sums up all MMORPGS.

adilejaz
adilejaz

Guild Wars 2 is the way to go!! I hope they dont rape us like SOE is!! One time purchase and that is it!!

sircyrus
sircyrus

And then spectacularly plummeted when it became apparent there was nothing to do except repetitive, limited content. It's worth checking out for free, but absolutely wasn't worth buying.

Stonesourpuss
Stonesourpuss

Don't give a crap what anyone here says: when I was bored, this game was something to do, lol. Sure, it wasn't the perfect MMO, but there was something very calming in bashing in skulls with my created character. Sounds like they've gone and destroyed any real reason to play it for free (maximum of $2k in your pocket at any time?), but still worth me keeping around for sh!ts and giggles.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

@Tripwolf i never said they were doing it right but at least they are offering the ability to play for free and some don't eg: Square Enix with Final Fantasy 11 or Blizzard with world of warcraft

TBear7130
TBear7130

Don't I feel stupid for having purchased it at one time. Obviously it was not worth what I paid for it. Now they can't give it away literally.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

Ill more then likely jump back in. I enjoyed the game itself. lack of content is expected when any MMO launches for the first time. The only thing that kept me from not coming back was the 15.99 a month fee.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@Tripwolf All Game Developers see us as piggy banks, if its an MMO or not, their main goal is to release a good game, then get as much money out of us as they can with DLC or expansions or Pay to Play. Also, most MMO's now actually allow you to turn off those ads.....

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@supertom221 Champions Online is total garbage. CIty of Heros/Villains remains at the top.

supertom221
supertom221

@MajinSquall What a load of bull. Most MMO's are Sub-turned-Freemium. We have nothing to thank SoE for. Champions Online is just as good.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

@Tripwolf you mean like all company's that do MMO's? at least SoE are giving people the option to play for free a lot of them don't

Daian
Daian

@Tikeio Lol, my thoughts exactly, League of Legends has been eating my time in the past week, i'll try this next week and then hopefully my rig will be able to run Skyrim decently.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Doesn't hurt to follow what Valve is doing, look how succesful Team Fortress 2 is doing. I really like the fact you have a CHOICE to pay instead of being restricted of HAVING to spend money playing.

protokyoto
protokyoto

Played it for a month during the late stages of beta. Loved the hell out of it but I had completed everything the game had to offer in that month. The lack of content really made me sad. And I couldn't even have the powers from my favourite DC character unless I bought a DLC that came way after release. I really hope this F2P model is successful but it won't be pulling me back in.

Downloadpilot
Downloadpilot

Players (and Subscriptions) gonna jump now, baby! :D

servb0ts
servb0ts

this is semi-good news however now well see past paying elites not helping F2P Noobs.

wexorian
wexorian

@KnightSkull tell that to greg ghostcrawler main guy in wow :D

wexorian
wexorian

same what happened with champions online, same game style same fate, shame but they could not do anything but it was good idea :)

blackace
blackace

@Mistwaver1985 @azumabob Ok, thanks for the heads up. I'll just wait for the FREE download then on PSN. I'm really hoping they've added some new content by now. I think a lot of people will now flock to this game just to check it out.

Nagaviper
Nagaviper

I will play this until GW2 comes out

kweeni
kweeni

I'll definitely check it out.

Mistwaver1985
Mistwaver1985

@blackace No, come November 1st the game will be COMPLETELY free-to-play. The game will be free, everything. It's being funded by a microtransaction system.

Mistwaver1985
Mistwaver1985

@febreez123 You will definitely see a surge in players now! I remember when DDO was subscription-only based the population was dwindling quickly. Once Turbine made the decision to go free-to-play I heard people saying that the population in DDO was the highest it had ever been since the game launched. The only downside is you still have very limited content with a true free-to-play account with DDO. Basically any cool dungeons have to be purchased. I hope they don't do this with DCUO. I'm hoping SOE finds other means for making money that doesn't limit one's content. Such as cosmetic items of some sort.

Mistwaver1985
Mistwaver1985

I'm so happy SOE finally made this decision. I've wanted to play DCUO since it first launched, but I didn't really have the spare money to sacrifice purchasing a game I potentially wouldn't like. I've been waiting and waiting for a free trial, and this is even better!

febreez123
febreez123

I followed this game for three years and my expectations were very high. It's unfortunate that the game turned out the way it did. Not enough content, not enough players, combat was very fun and more engaging than any other MMO on the market, imo, but there just wasn't enough fun stuff to do. I definitely would give it another shot now though.

azumabob
azumabob

@blackace - The last bit of news on Gamespot about this reported that SOE said last month that the game will be available to download for free on PS3 and PC when it goes free to play, so I would wait and see before buying a copy, unless you want a physical version of course.

blackace
blackace

Still have to pay for the game. If I can find it cheap for under $20, I'll give it a try. I heard it wasn't anything special and needed a lot more content.

supertom221
supertom221

Well Ain't THAT a shocker. knew it was going to happen since day one. They all do. I'm actually suprised they held this long. Freemium just works better I guess.

Tikeio
Tikeio

Will keep me occupied until 11-11-11 :)

xboxfanonly
xboxfanonly

I guess, LOL is still the number one f2p game! But I may give it a try.

MoreThot
MoreThot

Sweet, another f2p mmo to keep me content until star wars the old republic comes out! I'm going to have my hands full at the end of the year with just battlefield 3 and swtor.

9Dguy
9Dguy

I got it and played it for two months at launch but it wasn't something that I thought I should keep playing...I'll definitely play some more of it...you know until MW3, Skyrim, and Assassin's Creed..and I'm already playing BF3....TOO MANY GAMES >.

James00715
James00715

I think most of these F2P games are going about it wrong. It's fine to have the cash shop for people to spend real money to unlock stuff, but free players should also have an option to unlock stuff slowly over time. I'm not sure if the gameplay is any good, but League of Legends follows this model and is hugely successful. There has to be a way to use that model with other types of MMOs.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Might as well give it a try now.

KnightSkull
KnightSkull

The main 2 reasons I didn't get this were; 1. A lot of people said you could do everything in a few weeks 2. It was only a matter of time before it went F2P I think it's only a matter of time before all MMO's go F2P.

firedrakes
firedrakes

wants sad is this. being a villain you really not bad nor evil.

fredwv
fredwv

another fail MMO to keep me occupied until 12-20-11. Thanks SOE.