03/11/2011. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Sony Online Entertainment is to offer its massively multiplayer online action game DC Universe Online for free. As of today, PC and PlayStation 3 players can create their own superhero, or villain if you are feeling evil, and team up with DC Comics characters such as Superman, Batman and the Joker to either save or destroy the planet.
There are three access levels in DCUO: Free, Premium and Legendary. All three levels will provide access to the game and include game updates and fixes to the game, with each level offering differing game options and features.
The levels include:
Free Access: Access to the base game content in DC Universe Online, including Gotham City, Metropolis, and all current raids and alerts outside of DLC packs. Free Access provides players with the ability to create two characters and join a League.
Premium Access: Any player who has spent at least $5 USD (including former paid subscribers and new players who have purchased $5 of in-game items) qualifies for the Premium Access level. Premium level players have more benefits available to them than the Free level player, including additional character slots, additional inventory slots, and higher cash limits.
Legendary Access: Legendary Access provides the most content, features and benefits of the three access levels. Legendary Access is available for a $14.99 USD monthly fee.
John Smedley, president of Sony Online, told SFcrowsnest, "We are confident that going free-to-play will expand the action combat experience of DC Universe Online by making the game more accessible to every type of player so they can choose to play the game their way. With a portfolio that includes three successful free-to-play games – EverQuest II: Extended, Free Realms and Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures – we have extensive knowledge and experience to apply to DCUO and are thrilled to be taking the game free-to-play today."
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