DCUO Goes Free to Play

A trip to Gotham and Metropolis will now cost you nothing.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris

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If you’ve been curious about Sony Online Entertainment’s DC Universe Online, but have been turned away by the prospect of paying a monthly fee on top of the initial price of the game, worry no more. DCU Online is going free to play in October, reports IGN.

Both the PC and PS3 versions of the DCU Online will be free to download and play. However, Sony Online Entertainment will create a three-tier member system and incorporate microtransactions in order to maintain a positive revenue stream from the title.

Here’s the official breakdown of each member tier and what players will get from each.

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 (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 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.

And if you’re wondering if the move to free-to-play is because of a dwindling user-base, Sony assures us that’s not the case.

"In terms of 'Is it a result in a drop in subs' – absolutely not," said SOE executive producer Lorin Jameson. "This is the right business model. If I can be honest, the game ended up costing a lot more than we thought it would, and this was our preferred business model from day one."

"We are really seeing the benefits of free to play, and we're really liking it," added Jameson. "Needless to say we're paying close attention to it and maybe looking to make some surprise moves a little later."

Now that DCU Online is going free to play, will you be downloading the title to give it a whirl?