DC Universe Online Free-to-Play Starting Today
DC Universe Online's switch to a free-to-play model was announced last month, with players now anxiously awaiting the switch later today. The exact time for the switchover has not yet been announced, though a teaser image reinforces that the change will indeed be implemented today, letting players battle their way through the DC Universe without that pesky subscription fee. Sadly, free players only get to create two characters, so though we'd like to futz with the character creator all day, we'll sadly have to make sure that we can commit to a character with yellow lightning boots before confirming our accounts.
Again, here are the details on the three tiers of access to the game.
- 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.