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Seems DC Universe Online has realized free to play is the only way to keep people playing your game. Sure, there were those crazy, devoted fans who were shelling out the monthly payments to play super hero pretend time, like myself, but you want your game’s population to be massive. Which, it wasn’t once everyone’s free trial expired.

Starting in October DCUO will become not only free to play to free to download. Sweet! I mean, ugh, whatever, I already own the game. Anyway, great news for anyone on the fence about trying it out. Guess what? It’s awesome, and I’m sure it’s incredible once it’s free.

DCUO will be available in three different pricing tiers: Free, Premium and Legendary.

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.

If you’ve already been paying for your DCUO fix, again, like myself, you will be rolled into the Legendary plan. What isn’t made clear, but I’m assuming here , is you’ll be in the Legendary tier until your current subscription runs out.

So whose jumping on the DCUO bandwagon come October? Any takers? Seriously, I need more players in my league. That’s super hero talk for guild.

Source: Comics Alliance



Review: DC Universe Online


[Editors Note: The following review was done by nerdbastards fan and uber nerdy girlie Sarah Moran. The review is in depth, awesome and a little sexy. For more on Sarah you can check out her blog and follow her on the Twitter @SarahThisIs]

DC Universe Online delivers; be the hero (or villain) you want to be.

Think back to all those years ago when you were running around your neighborhood with friends
pretending to be simply the best retail employee Target had ever seen. Or wait, did you pretend to be
a sub shop employee? Movie theatre usher? Low-level paper pusher of some mind-numbingly big
corporation? No, you didn’t, because that would make you lamest kid on the block. What did you pretend
to be? Super-heroes. Every child, nee ever person has imagined themselves being better than they are
now. Becoming stronger, faster, smarter, whatever improvement you needed to make your life easier or
accomplish a daunting task ahead of you. We’ve all wanted to be “super.”

Breaching those subconscious dreams and aspirations is the newest MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer
Online Role Playing Game), the brainchild of Sony Online Entertainment and DC Comics, DC Universe
. A game that delivers on your dream of being a super-hero (or villain, you might have been
a twisted little child, you sick bastard) and gives you the best place to strut your super skills, the DC
landscape. Other super-hero MMOs have come before, but none of them have had the name recognition
of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman or the Joker. These are icons to nerds far and wide, big enough
to herald the first successful MMO on a console? It’s sure looking that way with DC Universe Online
selling like hotcakes around the country. John Smedley, President of SOE tweeted on Jan 24th, “People
are asking what the PS3 / PC split is on sales. It’s 52% PS3 and 48% PC.” Who’d of thunk it? And once
you get passed the fact that serious journalists like myself are getting important data from a twitter feed
you have to ask yourself, an MMORPG that’s selling well on the same console that brought me God of
War III, should I check this game out?