DC Universe Online goes free to play in October

Sony Online Entertainment's massively multiplayer role-playing game will introduce new pricing tiers next month on PC and PS3, 10 months after launch.

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DC Universe Online, Sony Online Entertainment's massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in the world of DC comics, will alter its subscription-based scheme and introduce a free-to-play option in October. PC and PlayStation 3 players will be able to download the game and play for free, with the option to purchase slots for additional characters, character powers, and downloadable content.

DCUO: free from next month.

Sony Online Entertainment executive producer Lorin Jameson told IGN the change was "absolutely not" due to a drop in subscribers. Though Jameson wouldn't talk subscriber numbers, he said the game's paying population was up since a game server merge in August. "This is the right business model," he said. "If I can be honest, the game ended up costing a lot more than we thought it would, and this was our preferred business model from day one." This might mean the game's player base wasn't growing as fast as Sony wanted, despite becoming Sony Online Entertainment's fastest-selling game upon launch back in January.

Sony Online Entertainment says players who spend $5 or more on in-game content will qualify for Premium access, which nets them more inventory space--more than the two default character slots--and higher cash limits. A subscription service will also be available for $15 a month, the same price as players currently pay, which opens up Legendary access. This will give players all the downloadable content packs, plus benefits including 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's new business model will resemble that of free-to-play fantasy MMORPG Free Realms, another PC and PS3 Sony Online Entertainment title. Free Realms has found some success with a tiered service and optional purchase of in-game content, hitting the 10-million player mark last year, well before its launch on the PS3 in March. "We are really seeing the benefits of free to play, and we really like it," Jameson said. "Needless to say, we're paying close attention to it and maybe looking to make some surprise moves a little later."

Discussion

133 comments
cas95
cas95

It come's fore free 1 nov

cas95
cas95

I want to know when this game comes out, not the end of October but an exact date. because it is already the 25th of October.

poopinpat
poopinpat

who cares about trophies so much that they wont play a game if it lacks them.....I've wanted to try this one so when it becomes free-to-play i will definitely try it out. They say late October and its now the 23rd....gotta be soon! and i just cancelled my rift sub so they might even see some money from me.

Bluejays2008
Bluejays2008

no one download this game you can't get trophies with the free game.

Electrokah
Electrokah

i played in beta and i am a lifetime subscriber, i still play it, great action MMO! looking forward to having some new players, its been hard to find people to go with me in the older team instances for styles and achievements i want, because most people seem to have already done them or not care, and nobody can solo them lol

BloodMist
BloodMist

Hahaha, I knew from day one this was only inevitable.

huskerman34
huskerman34

Yeah i have this game and never played it. I wasnt happy of paying a monthly fee of this game. Now i get to play for free nice

CraZkid37
CraZkid37

Thats awesome! I really wanted to try this game out too. But how was this game guys? It sounded good on paper, of course...

robgam3r
robgam3r

ummm help i bought the game played frist month didnt play after that so will i have the premium acount or just free acount ty for ur time

Devil_dante03
Devil_dante03

Its about time....I basically reached the level cap in the first month and then got kinda bored so I kept the disc due to the fact that i couldnt trade it in.....and so now I might have to go ahead and break down and reinstall it and jump back into the groove...

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

@oflow LOL Yes, it does help if your game doesnt' suck in the eyes of its players. Makes paying for it even more unbearable.

warrner11
warrner11

@EvilMonkie3 Well.....FFXI is better than FFXIV. By a faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar margin.

JD_Escobar
JD_Escobar

Free to play, free to download sweet, but i think the DL's 8GB which is a pain to store, but its free so whatever

warrner11
warrner11

Considering the fact that this will convert to Freemium so quickly, it must have been predetermined that they wouldnt have pulled enough people from CoX and CO like they wanted to. Ive made a blood pact to CoH to play till the servers rust and fall apart, but i did enjoy DC more then CO, so ill be on this once its rdy.

darthedster
darthedster

Can't wait till next month to start playing DCUO is awsome

EPaul
EPaul

Might get it now always wanted to try a console mmo

EvilMonkie3
EvilMonkie3

This game wasn't terrible, but I really don't enjoy the idea of being at a disposition to other players in game because i didnt want to pay 15 freaking bucks a month for this mediocre game. Am I going crazy or did someone actually just say that FFXI was better than something??? REALLY??

monson21502
monson21502

good news maybe ill get it if i find it for 12 bucks at the pawn shop then

oflow
oflow

@MOwens9512 Not really there have been other pay to play games on PSN especially mmos like EQOA and FFXI. The difference was those games didnt suck like DC Universe Online.

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

This might get me to try this out. I've heard a lot of mixed things about this game, but definitely one of the biggest issues was find players on PS3. Guess now that they've merged the servers and will be making it free to play that won't be a problem. I remember when they started doing pay to play online games and I wasn't a big fan then. I would be willing to do an annual thing maybe, but honestly paying to play a game you already have to pay for is kinda crazy, especially when there are other games that have online components that you don't have to pay to play.

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

These games should be free to play online. If the games ened up being amazing they could seriously rake in the dough....but charging to play a game you already payed for is complete BS.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

DC Universe on-line I tried the beta. But didn't bother with the DCUO when it launched. In order to make a MMO worthwhile you go to put time into the game. a time commitment I cannot make these days. Sony lasted 10 months so free to play is now the way. Hopefully this will help DCUO survive? only so many hard core MMO players to go around.

eva89
eva89

as long as the game is good, it wont go f2p.

steelmouth
steelmouth

@the_requiem @chilly-chill: Coz it is published by SONY Online Entertainment. It will come to X360 the day Halo comes to Sony. -------------------------------------- lol that will be a vry vry bad trade fo MS

steelmouth
steelmouth

not as profitable as u thot huh?

LionBeast
LionBeast

simon1812 good thinking but that wont happen because the game is owned by EA Games and they don`t do that until the number of subscribers start to drop badly. And I think that SWTOR will last way longer than DC Universe and most of the other mmo`s. I think is a good thing to show some respect to a well made game like SWTOR, in other words i plan to pay only for the best mmos out there and SWTOR is one of them I didn`t payed for DC Universe because I wanted to try it before I buy it. Now people will have that chance and if they are truly good the game will get a lot of subscribers. :)

simon1812
simon1812

many games have gone F2P lately, it gives me hope that SWtOR will eventually switch to F2P no long after launch, if that. the fact that is a bioware's makes it look very promising and Im looking forward to it... after it has gone F2P.

carter_ct
carter_ct

I really liked this game and only dropped it a couple of months ago when I decided against giving Sony a direct debit on my new credit card after they got hacked. I particularly liked the freedom of flying around Metropolis and Gotham just finding stuff to do. I can definitely recommend it to superhero and MMO fans.

voldalin
voldalin

To bad for DC. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and that guy with the flamethrower and spikes shooting out of his hands and x-ray goggles won't save the day. To bad.

JuSs2Fr3Sh
JuSs2Fr3Sh

so its free to download now to? lol.. im sorry but i feel bad for the guys who PAID! for the Actual GAME! when it came out...$60 bucks down the drain.. unless those members get some exclusive appreciation gifts or something..

COLDFIRE25
COLDFIRE25

@chilly-chill Sadly Microsoft has terms against MMO's. If they ever come to Xbox they have to be pay to play.

COLDFIRE25
COLDFIRE25

@thribs Beta characters and stats NEVER stay ever for anything. EVER.

MegaMatt91
MegaMatt91

Ill try it now. I bet the people who bought lifetime subscriptions feel like crap.

thribs
thribs

I wonder if my beta character will still be around?

the_requiem
the_requiem

@chilly-chill: Coz it is published by SONY Online Entertainment. It will come to X360 the day Halo comes to Sony.

warrner11
warrner11

not even a full year passed....

yoda101280
yoda101280

Heh, well I guess I can play around with this until TOR comes out. Played in beta, it was good enough for a bit of a distraction, not engrossing enough to entice me to buy it or more to the point, pay a sub for it.

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

Id rather play WoW

fattass21
fattass21

sweet, now i can go back to this whenever i want again XD

Sixfo-_-
Sixfo-_-

All I can say is right now, F*** YES.

ryan_sr97c_1
ryan_sr97c_1

haha! f2p baby! free to download free to play! good job sony! finally realizing how the real MMO economics works!

starduke
starduke

I played the beta, and it was...okay. I quit before the beta was over because I didn't want to get sick of the game before it even came out. I didn't want to pay $15 a month to play it, no game is that good, but now that it's going to be F2P I might get back it.

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

I have always wanted to play this,and now that its going with a free option I will have to pick this up.

ACMC85
ACMC85

I always wanted to try this game, but could not justify the price. Free to play will probably have me spending some money on it though.

SickHammer
SickHammer

haha i was 100% sure that the number of players will be low and will make a free-to-play version...limited but free...