Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) announced a new free-to-play business model for its popular massively multiplayer online (MMO) game DC Universe Online (DCUO) — where players have the freedom to become legendary, fighting alongside DC Comics icons like Superman, Batman and The Joker in an ever-evolving online action adventure that has seen players log more than 42 million hours of super-powered gameplay action since its launch earlier this year.

Beginning late October, players will be able to download and access DCUO for free on both the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and PC. As part of this transition, SOE is introducing three new access levels to the game: Free, Premium and Legendary. All three levels will provide access to open world gameplay and missions, general game updates and fixes to the game, with each level offering different game options and benefits.

“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.”

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.

More information on the DCUO free-to-play access levels can be found here: dcuniverseonline.com/free.

DC Universe Online combines immersive environments and fascinating story arcs with fast-paced, physics-based combat, allowing players to pick up buses and other objects in the environment, fly into the air and throw them at enemies; run up the sides of buildings to engage in melee brawls while shooting flames of fire from their hands; or cling to the side of buildings while using a grappling hook to pull flying opponents out of the sky – all while fighting alongside or against the legendary characters of DC Comics and charting their own path to legendary.

Do you remember the article “Free-to-Play Coming to HD Consoles“? Well… is happening. For more information about DC Universe visit: http://www.dcuniverseonline.com/

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  1. Vjean on October 1, 2011

    TY DC universe has finally come to there senses i wanted this game so much but i could’nt get it because of the payment fee that you had to pay every month i know why they made it F2F… because there cash was going down down down! SO NOW THEY MAKE IT FREE FINALY ADD ME PEOPLE ON PS3 BECAUSE I AM SO GETTING IT HOPE YOU PEOPLE DO TO

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  2. Peanutty on September 28, 2011

    I was so going to buy this game….. Now that its going F2P I wont be playing this game…. I’ve played most F2P and P2P games and they are WAY imbalanced. And there is to many NON-ENGLISH people playing on ENGLISH SERVERS. F2P is for spoiled 10 year olds or people to cheap to pay less then 15 bucks a month for a real game.

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  3. TopBeast on September 26, 2011

    man this game is going to be awesome

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  4. TheGamer on September 23, 2011

    I dont gonna play it, if it was P2P and now is F2P,the game is probaly prone to crashing and i dont wanna play a game where every “good side” hero looks like g@y =)

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  5. reivax200 on September 20, 2011

    lol i love this 2011 alot of p2p games went f2p. lol dc universe free loool

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  6. Ashish on September 20, 2011

    This could be a good or a bad thing. It could be severely imbalanced with the addition of a item shop, but just serves as a free to play for casual players.

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  7. anonymousguy on September 20, 2011

    i feel sorry for this game hahaha.. they’ve sunk down.. why would they make it pay to play when there are lots of good free to play games around.. they are just really dumb

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    • anonymous on September 20, 2011

      because they need to earn money? the companies must keep the game running 24/7 and they do need payment.

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  8. Michael on September 20, 2011

    Already This Game Did That Bad

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  9. Durian on September 19, 2011

    I dont even know what to say

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  10. iulixmax on September 19, 2011

    I hope Blade and Soul oline and TERA oline in the future to be F2P

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  11. andyjkkid on September 19, 2011

    can´t wait to play it on ps3 it´s gonna be awsome :P

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  12. animeblue on September 19, 2011

    heh great now I can play this everygame should go free to play it way it going ;)

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  13. Chhipz on September 19, 2011

    Hahahaha I knew this day would come.

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  14. SerbNinja on September 19, 2011

    F2P is the way to go for all MMO’s and that is a FACT!

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  15. DeeFx on September 19, 2011

    I think the future is F2P

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  16. Zalor on September 19, 2011

    I think we all saw this one coming. xD

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  17. trandill on September 19, 2011

    just a matter of time and first

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