PowerGirl DC Universe Online will be free to play from October

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!)

DC DC Universe Online will be free to play from October

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