Despite their popularity on PCs, MMOs are a hard sell on consoles. Quite simply, console gamers aren’t big on shelling out a monthly subscription fee to play their game after they’ve already plunked down $60. Sony Online Entertainment looks to remove that barrier altogether by making the seven-month-old DC Universe Online free-to-play next month.
Whether you choose to play the game on your PlayStation 3 or PC, you’ll be able to download and play the game at zero cost. While the game will be available for free to everyone, SOE still seeks to make money off of the the game, and will do so by dividing the game into three different pay grades, detailed below:
- Free Access – Just like it sounds. Download and play the game for free. You also get all ongoing game updates (except DLC packs).
- Premium Access – This next level of access opens up to you if you spend at least $5 in the in-game store. Premium Access grants you additional benefits that improve your experience in the game, such as more inventory slots, more character slots, bank slots and more free Vault tickets. So all you have to do is pick up some cool items in the store or buy a DLC pack and you unlock Premium Access. The best part? Once you unlock Premium Access you keep it for the life of your account.
- Legendary Access – With Legendary Access you can unlock the maximum level of features and benefits. To unlock Legendary Access you can pay for a $14.99 per month game pass, or save big with a discounted multi-month pass. Lifetime members are automatically granted Legendary access. Legendary Access also includes all DLC packs at no extra charge.
Source: PlayStation Blog