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Sep 23 2011
By: whyaskdouknow I Only Post Everything 1043 posts
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DC UNIVERSE IS ABOUT TO BE FREE

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DC Universe Online for PS3 Is Going Free-To-Play

+ Posted by Lorin Jameson // Executive Director of Development, Sony Online Entertainment

DC Universe Online for PS3

What could possibly be better than battling with thousands of other players online in the first, and only, action MMO on the PS? How about battling FOR FREE? That’s right, DC Universe Online will soon be free to download from thePlayStation Store, and free-to-play with no monthly fees required.

So what’s the catch? There is none. The entire game will be open for you to play for free. We have gotten a lot of feedback from gamers asking for an opportunity to play without a subscription requirement. So, that got us thinking about how to offer access to the game in a way that allows gamers to play their way. We wanted something that would give players options. We know different types of gamers are playing – and want to play – DCUO, and we want each person to be able to play in a way that best fits their style. That’s why we’ve created three levels of access to the game:

DC Universe Online for PS3

  • Free Access – Just like it sounds. Download and play the game for free. You also get all ongoing game updates (except DLC packs).
  • Premium Access – This next level of access opens up to you if you spend at least $5 in the in-game store. Premium Access grants you additional benefits that improve your experience in the game, such as more inventory slots, more character slots, bank slots and more free Vault tickets. So all you have to do is pick up some cool items in the store or buy a DLC pack and you unlock Premium Access. The best part? Once you unlock Premium Access you keep it for the life of your account.
  • Legendary Access – With Legendary Access you can unlock the maximum level of features and benefits. To unlock Legendary Access you can pay for a $14.99 per month game pass, or save big with a discounted multi-month pass. Lifetime members are automatically granted Legendary access. Legendary Access also includes all DLC packs at no extra charge.

DC Universe Online for PS3

I know all of this sounds great for the soon-to-be new players, but it’s just as good for all of you who still play, or used to play. Current players who are currently on a month-to-month or multi-month game pass will automatically be granted Legendary Access for the remaining time on their game pass once we officially transition to free-to-play. They can continue to play and stay at the Legendary Access level, or opt to migrate to another level.

If you used to play DCUO, this gives you a great opportunity to come back and rejoin your old crimefighting (or evil-doing) friends without spending a cent. If you previously purchased DCUO at a retail store or through a PSN download and activated your account, you will automatically be granted Premium Access when you come back.

You can go to our website for more details on the three levels of access, plus a FAQ that should cover any other questions that you may have. We can’t tell you how excited we are to be making this move, and can’t wait to have you all join us in game. Talk to us in the comments below and let us know what you think. We’re listening.

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Treasure Hunter
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Re: DC UNIVERSE IS ABOUT TO BE FREE

Sep 23, 2011

yeah read this on the blog- for all trophie whores though you must get at least a 1 month scrip




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Sep 23, 2011

Yeah.  That part is nonesense.  I have the retail version and I let my subscription go due to the lack of bugs getting addressed.  Great that they can provide paid DLC and not address the fundamental issues with the game.  So, if I want to get trophies I have to pay $15/month.  This is the only game that doesn't let you get trophies even if you paid for it!!!

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Sep 23, 2011

While I don't think the $15/month is a good deal, it is their plan and it makes sense for them to not allow trophies without paying.  Even while it wasn't free to play, you wouldn't be getting trophies without paying $15/mo on top of the game cost, so in that way, it is not any different now than it was.

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Sep 23, 2011

Aside from the first month, that is true.  Doesn't make me feel any better about it though...

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Sep 24, 2011

According to SOE, sony has a rule that only paid games can allow you to get trophies, so when they made the game free, according to them, they are not allowed to allow you to gain trophies unless you pay. Which of course still makes little since, since I bought the retail copy, but unless you buy a subscription, no trophies.

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Sep 27, 2011

The free part will help me decide if I want to subscribe to premium. It looks like a fun game but I didn't want to shell out $60 for it on the chance that I ended up disliking it.

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Sep 27, 2011

That's awesome....I've always wanted to try it out, but there was no way I was going to pay a subscription fee not knowing if I'd like the game or not.  I always thought they should have had some sort of free trial for a few days for the game anyway...To try it out.

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