DC Universe Going Free to Play on November 1st
Last month, Sony Online Entertainment announced DC Universe Online would be joining veteran superhero MMORPGs Champions Online and City of Heroes as free-to-play.
“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, back in September.
It now appears that DC Universe Online will switch to the hybrid business model on November 1st, a mere 5 days away.
The transition will happen on both PC and PS3, and will give players three options to play DC Universe.
All three levels provide access to the current game, but allow differing tiers of convenience and flexibility. The levels are:
- Free: New players will now have access to the current gameplay 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 downloadable 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. Downloadable 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 new client will be available as a free download on both platforms, but those that are currently playing on PS3 won’t be able to continue using their Blu Ray version of the game. They will have to download the new full client, that will require a massive 20 gigabytes on their hard disk.
For the full details regarding the new free-to-play model tiers and what each one grants players visit the official DC Universe Online website.