Gaming Nexus is reporting that DC Universe Online may be going the free-to-play route:
I’ve talked with Wes who’s quoted in this article from Sony Insider a few times and he’s always been very cool about talking up the various aspects of the game. At CES they had the game running while PS3 and PC folks played together but they didn’t say if they were going to have that on the game’s release. The article hints that that might be the case though once the game’s in consumers’ hands.
But the really interesting part is that there won’t be a subscription fee attached to the game. Now, Wes didn’t go on to say what if any micro transactions will be there as I would think there needs to be something for SOE to make money since they are running these servers and need people to help man them. Still, the news of no subscription fee has my interest in the game up a few notches.
Those who have tried the newly free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited have found that Turbine hasn’t quite learned what free-to-play online means; unlike Guild Wars, Battlefield Heroes and Japanese FTP MMORPGs’ use of a ton of microtransaction options, you have to pay to increase your level beyond 4, play level 12 missions, and so forth. Enforced payment doesn’t make it free-to-play – it makes it simply have a trial mode.