DC Universe

Gamers who are also fans of DC comic superheroes would know the Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) game , DC Universe Online. Released early this year with a monthly subscription fee, online sources reported that the popular DC Universe Online will be free to play from October. (Hooray!)

Developed by Sony Online Entertainment, DC Universe Online is a massive multiplayer (MMO) game whereby players get to choose to be virtual heroes or villains, as well as a mentor for their character – from Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman for heroes, and Lex Luthor and The Joker for villains. DC Universe Online was released in January as a monthly subscription-based game (US$15 a month), but it looks like the company has decided to make it free-to-play, starting October next month.

The market for MMO games is extremely competitive and it is tough for traditional MMO to compete with free-to-play social games including Mafia Wars and Maple Story that profit from selling virtual items and power-ups. Sony said it will offer three tiers of service for DC Universe Online — free, premium and legendary. The free tier comes with limits on how many characters and items players can hold in their inventory; premium access gives players slightly more capacity. And those who continue to pay US$15 a month will get maximum features.

Source: LA Times