DC Universe Online Will Be Free To Play In October
DC Universe Online hasn’t exactly been a flop, but the reviews were lukewarm and developer Sony Online Entertainment hasn’t released sales figures. It’s probably fair to guess that DCUO has been a mild success with diminishing returns. When that happens, an MMO has 2 options: Get shuttered like All Points Bulletin, or go F2P (also like APB!). Looks like Sony is betting on option 2 because they announced today that starting in October, DC Universe Online will adopt a tiered, free to play model worldwide.
DCUO has will now have 3 tiers. Free will allow players access to the current locales in DCUO (Gotham City, Metropolis and so forth), to create 2 characters and to access other content. They will be able to purchase DLC and updates, more character slots and other benefits via microtransactions. Premium players, anyone who spent $5.00 or more on DCUO already, get more benefits, such as starting with additional character slots and other benefits, but otherwise will have an experience similar to Free status players. Legendary players pay $14.99 a month, which will get them everything other tiers get and more and are freed from having to purchase upgrades via microtransactions.
Players worried that the switch to F2P and microtransactions will allow spendthrift gamers to buy their way to glory might be mollified by some of the restrictions SEO is placing. Super powerful items won’t be available to purchase and players won’t be able to buy experience either, at least not in October. This might be cold comfort to people who shelled out the $200.00 cost of a lifetime membership. Anyone who purchased a 3DS prior to September, 2011 or before the announced second-stick add-on feel their pain intently. But it’s a shrewd move for a game struggling to survive in a Blizzard dominated universe.