DC Universe Online truly goes free-to-play on the PS3 and PC

September 19, 2011

DC Universe goes truly free-to-play on the PS3 and PC Earlier today Sony Online Entertainment dropped a bombshell on DC Universe Online gamers as the publisher revealed that the game would be going to a free-to-play model.

SOE announced the end of monthly subscription fees today as DC Universe Online will go truly free-to-play in every sense of the phrase. Unlike many of the so called free-to-play games gamers can level up to the max without restrictions, and have access to all available locations and quests outside of the DLCs.

First time entrants can download the game for free for the PS3 and PC as well.

On the official PlayStation blog Lori Jameson, executive director of development at SOE wrote:

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.

This is fantastic news as gamers can now download and play the entire experience without spending a dime.

Jameson detailed three levels of access that will cater to medium to hardcore fans that fall in love with the game.

    • 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.


Players that are already paying a subscription fee will be automatically converted to the Legendary Access, meaning all DLC expansions will be free to them. Gamers who may have stopped playing but own a copy of the game can start back up at Premium Access level for life.

I am really liking this new model as it really caters to the different play styles of many gamers. Those that want to casually play DC Universe Online without worrying about a subscription fee can now play for free. Hardcore players that would have purchased all of the DLC expansions anyway can now get them all for the same price of a subscription fee.


You can head on over to the DC Universe site for more information and a FAQ of the new free-to-play model.

23 Responses to “DC Universe Online truly goes free-to-play on the PS3 and PC”

  1. oldschool1987:

    Great! Another game I need to try and find time to play lol.

  2. Godless:

    Don’t know anything about this game.

    The pay to play model stopped me from even reading a review on it, but I guess if it’s free, it has to be worth a look, after all, it has to be pretty good to have people willing to pay a monthly fee for it.

    Will download tonight and take a look.

  3. Roca.:

    I played the beta and I really enjoyed this game. Great action MMO

  4. me_:

    Isn’t this what happens just before a MMO goes under?

  5. Roca.:

    nope, many MMO are adopting the free-to-play system since the only successful paid MMO is World of the Warcraft.

    Sony has been hitting a free-to-play MMOs for a while..in fact they already have several successful F2P MMOs – Free Realms and SW: Clone Wars

  6. oldschool1987:

    *Sprays me_*

  7. Godless:


  8. oldschool1987:

    What you LOLing at Godless? :p

  9. Roca.:

    *Sprays me_*


  10. oldschool1987:

    I think it worked, he went after I sprayed him haha.

  11. Ivan_PSP:

    OMG this is fucking AWESOME this weekend I will be playing this game no doubt. I love Sony.

  12. Godless:

    Ok something odd and crap going on here.

    1, tried to find DC universe download, Only options were to download pay to plat packages, I could not find a free download anywhere on PSN store.

    Also tried to find Free realms, did a search, browsed every conceivable folder but nothing.

    Either PSN is an utter fucking abortion of a mess or it really isn’t available in the UK.

    If any of you guys could do that send a link thing for either/both the above games, I would be very grateful, though on that point , last time Roca sent the link for street fighter, it didn’t find anything either. I think the US and the UK must have very different PSN setups

  13. Godless:

    plat = play. . min was £9.99 package. .

  14. Roca.:

    DCUO is not available for free download just yet..

    Free Realms should be easy to find.

  15. CarlB:

    DCUO will be free to play in October.
    You can find Free Realms by going to the Games tab, then PS3 Games tab, then Games D-G tab, then scroll to Free Realms (between Flower and Fret Nice).

  16. Roca.:

    now how hard is that ;)

  17. Godless:

    Not hard at all Roca, problem is, it isn’t bloody there.

    I will try again tonight, If I missed it I’m an idiot. . .looking with mans eyes, as my wife would say ;)

    Anyone from the UK able to see if they have this game available on PSN?

  18. Godless:

    Wait, I even ran a search for it just in case my “Mans eyes” were letting me down, still drew a blank.

    I’m pretty sure this game isn’t available in the UK, though I could be wrong.

  19. ncaissie:

    I tried it and it sucks. It is plegged with buy this ingame item to do this. After five minutes I deleted it.

  20. Roca.:

    Free Realms is a game for kids and girls. My girls enjoyed for a while. Now she’s back to LBP2

  21. Godless:

    Are we talking wizard 101 style gaming here?

    I thought this game was a more serious RPG?

    anyway lost interest in both because 1 isn’t free as stated, and the other isn’t available in the UK. . .I checked.

  22. ncaissie:

    @godless did you not read carls post?

  23. Ivan_PSP:

    Free Realms is an awesome game for all ages not just kids and especially not girls. You’re dead wrong with that comment.

    Soon it will be free impatience people hold.

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