DC Universe Online is joining a growing number of MMO's adopting a free-to-play model. Sony Online Entertainment revealed today that beginning in late October, players can download and play the super hero MMO for no charge.

The F2P DCUO will be available on both PS3 and PC. On both platforms, players will be split into three access levels. All levels offer access to the basic game as well as general updates and fixes. However, each level provides a different amount of content:

Free: New players will now have access to the current gameplay in DC Universe Online (including Gotham City, Metropolis, and all current raids and alerts), with the ability to create two characters, join a league and many other benefits. Free level players will be able to purchase downloadable game packs/updates, additional character slots, powers and more through microtransactions. Premium: Any player who has spent at least $5 USD (including former paid subscribers and new players who have purchased $5 of in-game items) will qualify for the Premium access level. Premium level players will have more benefits available to them than the Free level player, including additional character slots, additional inventory slots, and higher cash limits. Downloadable adventure packs, additional character slots, and more can be purchased in-game. Legendary: Maximum features and benefits are included at this level. Loaded with enhanced additional features, Legendary access will be available for a $14.99 USD monthly fee and includes all DLC packs at no cost, more than 15 character slots, more than 80 inventory slots, the ability to form unrestricted-sized leagues, and many other benefits.

For a more detailed break-down of the content each user level has access to, check out the official DCUO website.

"Our philosophy embraces learning from our experience and as a pioneer in the free-to-play space with proven successful games like Free Realms and Clone Wars Adventures, we believe this new model will expand the DCUO experience and offer more options that cater to every type of player so they can play the game in a way that fits them," said SOE president John Smedley.

The success of SOE's other F2P games probably isn't the only reason for the switch. MMOs from other companies, such as Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online, have seen their fortunes rise now that they've adopted subscriptional-optional business models. LOTRO developer Turbine said that the game's revenue tripled after they made the switch.
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