Break out your spandex underpants people, Sony Online Entertainment’s DC Universe Online is about to punch subscription fees in the nuts and become Free-to-Play from October 2011. If you have a PC or a PlayStation 3, then you’ll be able to download a copy of the game with all of its content for free. You’ll also get two character slots, but any future expansion packs will need to be purchased.
According to a SOE representative, this decision to go Free-to-Play is not a response to declining subscriptions, but was always intended from the start of development: “This is the right business model. If I can be honest, the game ended up costing a lot more than we thought it would, and this was our preferred business model from day one.”
So because the game cost them more to make than they anticipated, they charged early adopters for buying the game so as to recoup some of the financial loss. That’s mean! That’s business, I guess. It’s not all bad news though, as everyone who has ever spent money on DC Universe Online will get a bunch of extra features that those tight-fisted, Free-to-Play leeches don’t.
Anyone who has spent more than $5 on DC Universe Online will get Premium Membership status, which grants them more character slots, a larger inventory (handy!) and a bigger wallet so that you can fill it with more money to spend on DC Universe Online.
For anyone who wants to continue paying the monthly subscription fee, or for anyone who purchased a lifetime subscription, they get Legendary status. This top-tier status grants fifteen character slots, a colossal inventory and free access to all future expansions and downloadable content.