I had already let you know this was coming, but as of yesterday, Sony Online Entertainment made DC Universe Online free to play. And not only that, but free to download. The only cost to you will be not being able to play anything on your PS3 while the epic 18GB download crawls its way to completion. (You can also play it free on the PC, don't forget!)
"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," said John Smedley, President, Sony Online Entertainment. "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 DCUOand are thrilled to be taking the game free-to-play today."
Don't forget, there are three levels to play, because free is always going to be the bare minimum. But here are the details:
Free Access: New players now have 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, join a League and many other benefits. Free level players can also purchase DLC packs, additional character slots, and more in-game.
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. DLC packs, additional character slots, and more can be purchased in-game. All previous subscribers are granted Premium Access automatically.
Legendary Access: Legendary Access provides the most content, features and benefits of the three access levels. Loaded with enhanced features, Legendary Access is available for a $14.99 USD monthly fee (multi-month discounts are available) and includes access to all DLC packs at no cost, more than 16 character slots, over 60 inventory slots, the ability to form Leagues, and many other benefits.
I haven't had a chance to try it yet because I ended up downloading it last night. And when I went to bed around 11:30, it was still only 1/3 done. But this morning when I got up at 6, it was finished, and asking if I wanted to play PVP or PVE. I shut it off, but when I go back, I'm obviously picking PVE, because PVP just doesn't sound like any fun to me. Especially since I'm an MMO newbie. So if you've got any tips or suggestions on how to get started with DCUO (or any MMO game in general), please share!