Tuesday, September 20, 2011

DC Universe Online will be free starting October

Developed by Sony Online Entertainment, DC Universe Online is a massive multiplayer (MMO) game where players get to choose to be virtual heroes or villains, as well as a mentor for their character - from Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman for heroes, and Lex Luthor and The Joker for villains. DC Universe Online was released in January as a monthly subscription-based game (US$15 a month), but it looks like the company has decided to make it free-to-play, starting October 2011.

The market for MMO games is extremely competitive and it is tough for traditional MMO to compete with free-to-play social games including Mafia Wars and Maple Story that profit from selling virtual items and power-ups. Sony said it will offer three tiers of service for DC Universe Online — free, premium and legendary. The free tier comes with limits on how many characters and items players can hold in their inventory; premium access gives players slightly more capacity. And the legendary, those who continue to pay US$15 a month will get maximum features.

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