We had brought you the news a few months back that Sony Online Entertainment LLC was thinking of changing DC Universe Online to a Free to Play format and today that has become a reality.  PC and Playstation 3 players can now download the game and play free of charge.  Well, that’s only if you don’t want access to all the really cool stuff the game has to offer.

You now have three options in DCUO: Free, Premium and Legendary. All options will provide access to the game and include all game updates and fixes to the game. DLC content and features will also be included for Legendary players, and can be purchased by Free and Premium players.  Here are all three options in greater detail:

Free Access:New players now have access to the base game content in DC Universe Online, including Gotham City, Metropolis, and all current raids and alerts outside of DLC packs.  Free Access provides players with the ability to create two characters, join a League and many other benefits. Free level players can also purchase DLC packs, additional character slots, and more in-game.

Premium Access: Any player who has spent at least $5 USD (including former paid subscribers and new players who have purchased $5 of in-game items) qualifies for the Premium Access level. Premium level players have more benefits available to them than the Free level player, including additional character slots, additional inventory slots, and higher cash limits. DLC packs, additional character slots, and more can be purchased in-game. All previous subscribers are granted Premium Access automatically.

Legendary Access: Legendary Access provides the most content, features and benefits of the three access levels.  Loaded with enhanced features, Legendary Access is available for a $14.99 USD monthly fee (multi-month discounts are available) and includes access to all DLC packs at no cost, more than 16 character slots, over 60 inventory slots, the ability to form Leagues, and many other benefits.

So is the Free to Play model enough to peak your interest?  I was lucky enough win a 30 day trial during a Subway promotion when the game first came out.  I played the heck out of the trial on my PC.  I enjoyed the game, but it became quite repetitive very quickly.  Still, flying around Metropolis and hanging with Superman was pretty cool. 

With a new baby MMO’s aren’t realistic for me anymore, but if have the time I would recommend checking out the free access for a little bit.  If for no other reason then to have a measuring stick for the upcoming Marvel Universe MMO.

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