You'll soon be able to step into the DC Universe MMO for free!
Update: during a webcast, developer Sony Online Entertainment announced that the free-to-play model would be going live on November 1st. If you missed it, you can check out the webcast here.
Although they announced it back in September, Sony's on the verge of releasing a free-to-play tier for their DC Universe Online MMO soon-ish. Going by the projected "late October" start (and with only a few days left in the month), we should be expecting some kind of update from the developers soon about when they'll flip on the "free" switch.
What does this mean, exactly? Well, for starters, if you want to play the game, you won't have to buy a disc-based copy or pay for the download from Sony's servers. With the update, you can simply download the game to your PC or PS3, create your character, and go. Your profile will give you access to a handful of cities in the game as well as existing campaign content. However, if you want all of the updates and bells and whistles, SOE has a monthly membership they'd like to discuss with you.
Here's how the tiers have been laid out:
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.
We'll let you know as soon as we hear anything more about the planned update.