DC Universe Online relaunches, free to play

Looking for a decent MMO based on a killer franchise? Hoping to not have to pay a cent unless you really, really want that cool piece of gear? I have two words and two initials for you: DC Universe Online.

Sure, it started out as a premium MMO for both PC and PS3, but Sony has made the leap into the murky free-to-play waters, re-releasing today with a new tiered approach.

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Firstly, you can hand over no money and still experience the game for Free. You’ll get up to two characters, the ability to join a league, and access to all of the current gameplay in DC Universe Online (including Metropolis and Gotham City as well as a bunch of raids). If you want more, there are microtransactions available for things like DLC, additional character slots and bonus powers.

If you’ve spent at least US$5 on the game – meaning all former paid subscribers and any newcomers who’ve purchased a bunch of in-game items – you’ll be bumped up to the Premium level. This includes additional character and inventory slots, as well as higher cash limits. As with the Free edition, you’re still able to buy and download more adventure packs, further character slots and other fun stuff.

Finally, if you can’t let go of the idea that an MMO deserves a monthly access fee, the Legendary tier is available for US$14.99 per month, and is loaded with heaps of stuff. You’ll get all DLC on launch for free, 15+ character slots, 80+ inventory slots, the ability to create leagues (with no restrictions on size), and the list goes on and on.

So. The choice is yours. If you’ve been meaning to check it out, now’s as good a chance as any (how many decent PS3 MMOs are there today?) – and if you like DC Universe, it won’t cost you a thing to stick around.

For more information, head to the DC Universe Online website.

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