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DC Universe Online for PS3 Is Going Free-To-Play

Lorin Jameson's Avatar + Posted by Lorin Jameson on Sep 19, 2011 // Executive Director of Development, Sony Online Entertainment

DC Universe Online for PS3

What could possibly be better than battling with thousands of other players online in the first, and only, action MMO on the PS? How about battling FOR FREE? That’s right, DC Universe Online will soon be free to download from the PlayStation Store, and free-to-play with no monthly fees required.

So what’s the catch? There is none. The entire game will be open for you to play for free. We have gotten a lot of feedback from gamers asking for an opportunity to play without a subscription requirement. So, that got us thinking about how to offer access to the game in a way that allows gamers to play their way. We wanted something that would give players options. We know different types of gamers are playing – and want to play – DCUO, and we want each person to be able to play in a way that best fits their style. That’s why we’ve created three levels of access to the game:

DC Universe Online for PS3

  • 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.

DC Universe Online for PS3

I know all of this sounds great for the soon-to-be new players, but it’s just as good for all of you who still play, or used to play. Current players who are currently on a month-to-month or multi-month game pass will automatically be granted Legendary Access for the remaining time on their game pass once we officially transition to free-to-play. They can continue to play and stay at the Legendary Access level, or opt to migrate to another level.

If you used to play DCUO, this gives you a great opportunity to come back and rejoin your old crimefighting (or evil-doing) friends without spending a cent. If you previously purchased DCUO at a retail store or through a PSN download and activated your account, you will automatically be granted Premium Access when you come back.

You can go to our website for more details on the three levels of access, plus a FAQ that should cover any other questions that you may have. We can’t tell you how excited we are to be making this move, and can’t wait to have you all join us in game. Talk to us in the comments below and let us know what you think. We’re listening.

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+ brashear03 on September 21st, 2011 at 1:24 am said:

I payed for the collector’s edition and if I dont get anything extra for that, then Sony is starting to slowly lose fans for not so smart choices. Also, if all you can give me is a dumb premium access, then what is the point of all this? Just because people don’t want to spend money doesn’t mean you should make it free for them now and make all the people that had to buy this game only get something not so great. I think that all the people that bought the game and paid for subscription should get legendary acces for life to be fair.


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+ sk8ingout on September 21st, 2011 at 9:46 am said:

When will it be released?


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+ starscreamers-19 on September 21st, 2011 at 12:06 pm said:

Hey Lorin I got a question. If I get the free version will I not be able to get the dlc’s at all?


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+ megatron1984 on September 21st, 2011 at 4:31 pm said:

@203 if you purchase them.

Is the trophies obtainable in the premium tear or is it only legendary?


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+ starscreamers-19 on September 21st, 2011 at 7:00 pm said:

I got a question. Can you still buy dlc when you a free to play person. And if you can will you be considered premium.


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+ josefinaromo1 on September 21st, 2011 at 10:34 pm said:

so we dont earn tropies unless pay for them


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+ starrfantasy on September 22nd, 2011 at 8:48 am said:

QUESTION on the DC UNIVERSE Premium … Do I need to spend $5 on game-only items, or on ANY PS store item, like clothing to get the Premion access upgrade? Please explain, thanks!


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+ megatron1984 on September 22nd, 2011 at 3:30 pm said:

@207. It is $5 that is within the DC market place. Let’s say you want extra inventory slots that if it’s 5bucks would put you towards premium or if you bought a subscription.


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+ michaelochs on September 22nd, 2011 at 8:02 pm said:

I love DC!!!!! BATMAN,GREENLATER,SUPERMAN,JOKER,RIDDLER my favorite characters but not in that order though oh and one more thing marvel sucks yay FIR DC !!!!!!!!!!


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+ michaelochs on September 22nd, 2011 at 8:03 pm said:

for DC NOT FIR MY BAD STUPID KEYBOARD.


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+ Caltosy on September 24th, 2011 at 3:10 pm said:

One question that hasn’t been answered yet that is a bit important, SOE: For Those members who decided to cancel the DCUO payment plan, that has characters already at max level, would their characters still have access to the max level content (level 30) or be barred unless they join into the Legendary access?


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+ YakushiX on September 25th, 2011 at 5:31 pm said:

do we still need to buy the game to play it?


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+ AudiMane on September 27th, 2011 at 6:23 pm said:

I just bought the disc version today for $50, did I just waste that money for only 30 days of playing before free to play? Or for recent purchasers is there some kind of refund/incentive?


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+ PS_man1984 on September 28th, 2011 at 11:54 am said:

Oh but there is a catch… The game may be free to download and play, but it’s microtransaction-supported (just like all MMO’s that aren’t WoW).

I wish all games were free. ;)


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+ Apollo4x on September 28th, 2011 at 4:58 pm said:

This is all well and good but it seems like they have done things so as thing work like this. Yea you can play for free or you can buy something but we still will screw you over either way, so come on continue to pay the fee oh and while you are at it buy stuff from us as well.


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+ GamerBoyChamp5 on October 4th, 2011 at 3:32 pm said:

when does it come to playstation


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+ josefinaromo1 on October 5th, 2011 at 6:15 pm said:

yea when?


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+ John11Hot on October 6th, 2011 at 6:04 pm said:

Lies Lies Why Can I play this game for free even if I have the game on disc please give a answer?


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+ John11Hot on October 6th, 2011 at 6:05 pm said:

And when will it be free?


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+ GrimEvil on October 10th, 2011 at 12:23 am said:

With all the talk about trophies. One thing i am wondering about is if we play the free version or premium version to a certain point and deside to upgrade for legend status. Will we earn all the trophies we would have earned along the way retroactively like with burnout paradise? Or will we have to do everything thing over again to earn them?


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+ Tichtat on October 12th, 2011 at 12:40 am said:

I am curious about the relaunch date. Still, Chevalier de Sol, here I come.


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+ DeathMuffinz on October 12th, 2011 at 4:33 pm said:

Well I Was watching X play yesterday and it will be realsed to the psstore on…… im not gonna tell u HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

J.K Next Wednesday 10/19/11


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+ DeathMuffinz on October 12th, 2011 at 4:36 pm said:

Look at my comment under u

X-Play says its being released on 10/19/11 next wednesday

Look ok for me im gonna be called firefox


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+ Xen_Chaotik on October 12th, 2011 at 8:59 pm said:

Awesome Sauce. ^__^


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+ TreLiyah on October 17th, 2011 at 7:13 pm said:

So my idiot self has just bought this game, without reading this blog. I heard around it was going to be “free to play”, but I assumed you still had to pay for the game disc or download itself. It didnt make sense to me how this game would be free to download.

Sony, Lorne, can you please refund my $40 I just spent?


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