DC Universe Online to do away with subscription fees

 dc universe online goes free scr plyract starlabsalert 016On paper it is a clear winner. Take the popular DC Comics roster of superheroes and villains, mix in a MMORPG element, then let players create their own avatar based on their favorite characters to join. Open that formula up to PS3 users as well as PC, and Sony Online Entertainment should have the next big MMORPG on their hands. But things haven’t worked out quite that way.

In a recent press release, SOE has announced that it will move away from the monthly subscription required to access the online DC world, and instead offer three service plans, including two that do not require a monthly subscription. There will still be a service plan for those that absolutely love paying the $14.99 monthly fee, and those that have been paying will be placed on the middle rung, but new users can now access the game at no cost.

The DC Universe Online has seen more than its shares of struggles, and this pricing shift could be just what the site needs. Or not. The game actually sold better on PS3 than on PC when it was first released, which is a problem when you consider that the PlayStation Network was down and users were unable to connect for nearly a month. For another type of game that might not be a major issue, but for a game that is built around an immersive experience that requires a certain level of commitment and maintenance, it may have been enough to drive off users for good. 

“When we launched DC Universe Online, we introduced a very different brand of massive online game driven by fast action combat to PC and PS3 gamers and with that, we discovered a new type of online gamer,” John Smedley, President, Sony Online Entertainment, said in the press release. “We’ve listened to our community, and we’ve determined that the free-to-play model is the best fit for DC Universe Online.”

The three tiers will be:

Free— Users can access the game and receive updates at no cost. They will have two character slots, 28 inventory slots, and 12 bank slots (more of each category can be purchased). Free users will also have a 1500 max in-game currency limit and be able to join, but not form leagues. DLC expansion packs must be purchased separately.

Premium—Premium users are those that have spent $5 at any time in DCU Online, or are planning to (this includes former subscribers). The premium users will have access to online access and game updates, have 6 character slots, 42 inventory slots, 5 auction slots and 24 bank slots (more can be purchased). Premium users will also have to buy DLCs, and can join, but not start leagues. They will however be able to trade items and have a 2000 in-game currency max.

Legendary—For those willing to continue shelling out $14.99 per month, you will receive access, updates and the DLC expansions at no cost. You will also receive 16 characters slots, 20 auction slots, 48 bank slots, be able to trade items and cash, and have unlimited in-game currency. Premium users can also form or join leagues.

For more details on the differences in the gameplans, you can check dcuniverseonline.com.

The new pricing models will hit both the PS3 and PC in late October.

Computing

'World's best gaming processor'? We put Intel's new i9 through the ringer

Intel has launched the first Core i9 for the average gamer. Despite some controversies around its release, it’s the fastest gaming processor we’ve yet tested.
Computing

Protect your digital identity with these four easy steps to online anonymity

You don't have to be a secret agent or a notorious hacktivist to care about anonymity. Consult this guide to learn tips, tricks, and best practices for staying anonymous and keeping your online activity private
Smart Home

Here’s everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Pantry

The marvels of the Internet have made it possible to do all your shopping from the comfort of your living room. Amazon Prime Pantry allows you to buy groceries and household items online. Here's more info about the service.
Deals

The best accounting software for your small business

Small business owners looking for accounting software have a variety of options at their disposal. And this guide will help them find the best solutions, from Quickbooks Online and Freshbooks to AccountEdge and Zoho Books.
Movies & TV

Never miss a moment of the NBA season with our streaming guide

The NBA season is in full swing, and if you want to watch games online, you've got plenty of options. Here's our guide to the best ways to watch NBA games online, as well as some additional resources.
Gaming

Rockstar Games employees defend work culture following controversy

Rockstar Games employees have taken to social media to speak out about working conditions following the controversial comment about 100-hour work weeks made by co-founder Dan Houser in an interview.
Product Review

Huawei’s monster Mate 20 X makes the Galaxy Note 9 look small

The Huawei Mate 20 X has a 7.2-inch screen, but is surprisingly manageable to hold, yet still a little too big to carry around. Huawei’s pushing the phone’s ability as a mobile gaming handheld, challenging the Nintendo Switch.
Home Theater

They’re not just for gaming: Watch Blu-rays on the Xbox One S and Xbox One X

While the Xbox One S and Xbox One X boost the visuals of your games, they also can pull double-duty as Blu-ray players, but there's a bit of set up needed. Need help? Here's our guide on how to watch Blu-rays on the Xbox One S and X.
Gaming

More days gone: Sony moves zombie exclusive ‘Days Gone’ to April

Sony has delayed the PlayStation 4 exclusive Days Gone to April. It was previously bumped from a 2018 release window into February, 2019, but Sony Bend apparently needs more time to add polish.
Gaming

Annual game releases are boring. Try a quirky indie game for the PS4 instead

While big budget games rely on practical innovation, indie games dive head first into new, unexplored territories. If the quirky and unusual appeal to you, take a look at our list of the best indie games on PS4.
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in 'Destiny 2: Forsaken'

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Gaming

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ adds Black Market system to dress up your soldier

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 added the Black Market system to PS4 today, giving players new ways to unlock and acquire additional customization items, such as outfits for Specialists.
Computing

In 2018, the rivalry between AMD and Intel has become more interesting than ever

When it comes to selecting a CPU for your PC, there's no shortage of chips for you to choose from. With Ryzen, Threadripper, and Core i9 CPUs though, the AMD vs. Intel argument is muddier than ever.
Product Review

Kill a Nazi while skiing in ’Battlefield V: War Stories’

World War II is hardly a unique setting for a shooter, but Battlefield V’s War Stories has managed to liven it up. Our preview left us eager to see more of the new Battlefield’s single-player story.