THE MIGHT OF THE AMAZONS IS UNLEASHED UPON DC UNIVERSE ONLINE IN UPCOMING DLC PACK, AMAZON FURY PART I

SAN DIEGO – March 20, 2014 – Sony Online Entertainment today announced the next chapter in DC Universe™ Online (DCUO):  Amazon Fury Part I. The game’s 10th downloadable content (DLC) pack will introduce a brand-new storyline featuring Wonder Woman, Circe, Hippolyta and the Amazons, as well as a new shared open area, Solo Iconic Visions, a 4-player Alert, two new Duos, and Weapon Mastery abilities.  The DLC pack will be available for download on the PC, as well as the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®4 system, this spring.

STORYLINE: Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, has gone mad, or so it seems when she allies with Circe and declares war on the mortal world! Her own daughter, Wonder Woman, has rallied an army of Amazons that will defend the people of Gotham City, and try to help their Queen see reason.

QUICK FACTS:

  • Amazon Fury Part I is the first of three DLC packs that focus on Wonder Woman and the Amazons.
  • Weapon Mastery will allow players to master multiple weapon types and seamlessly combine them during combat for greater flexibility and power.
  • Amazon Queen Hippolyta will make her debut in  DC Universe Online with this DLC pack.
  • The Alert and Duos will give players the opportunity to adventure through the Themyscira Palace District, warehouses, and seaside port for the first time.
  • Everyone can play as either Wonder Woman or Circe in new Solo Iconic Visions that let players relive crucial moments that led up to the Amazon civil war.
  • The new shared open area will take place in an alternate phase of Gotham City called Gotham Under Siege, which is overwhelmed by the divided Amazons and their powerful allies.

QUOTE:  Players are going to feel more badass in combat with Weapon Mastery. It will allow them to become proficient with multiple weapon types, much like the iconic characters in the DC Comics, such as Wonder Woman, who uses swords but is also a punching brawler. Weapon Mastery is going to bring fights to a whole new level. — Jens Andersen, Senior Creative Director for DC Universe Online

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PlayStation 4 launch line-up revealed !

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Here’s the full list:

  • Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag (Blu-ray/digital)
  • Basement Crawl (digital)
  • Battlefield 4 (Blu-ray/digital)
  • Blacklight (digital)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (Blu-ray/digital)
  • Contrast (digital)
  • DC Universe Online (digital)
  • Doki-Doki Universe (digital)
  • DriveClub (Blu-ray/digital)
  • FIFA 14 (Blu-ray/digital)
  • Flower (digital)
  • Hohokum (digital)
  • Just Dance 2014 (Blu-ray/digital)
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall (Blu-ray/digital)
  • Knack (Blu-ray/digital)
  • Lego Marvel Superheroes (Blu-ray/digital)
  • Madden NFL 25 (Blu-ray/digital)
  • Minecraft (digital)
  • N++ (digital)
  • NBA Live (Blu-ray/digital)
  • NBA 2K14 (Blu-ray/digital)
  • Need for Speed: Rivals (Blu-ray/digital)
  • Pinball Arcade (digital)
  • Planetside 2 (digital)
  • Pool Nation Extreme (digital)
  • ResoGun (digital)
  • Skylanders: Swap Force (Blu-ray/digital)
  • Super Motherload (digital)
  • The Playroom (preinstalled)
  • Tiny Brains (digital)
  • Warframe (digital)
  • War Thunder (digital)
  • Watch_Dogs (Blu-ray/digital)

In addition to Blu-ray and digital releases, Sony will also preinstall The Playroom on all PS4 systems, which teaches players about how to use DualShock 4 and lets them play various AR games using the PlayStation Camera, assuming they buy one separately.

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DC Universe Online Origin Crisis Launch Trailer! New DLC Pack Available !

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SAN DIEGO – May 14, 2013 – Today, Sony Online Entertainment, LLC (SOE) releases the latest installment in the DC Universe™ Online (DCUO) saga – Origin Crisis. In the seventh downloadable content (DLC) pack, new high-level multiplayer and solo adventures will send players through alternate realities as they amend or alter the origins of their favorite Heroes and Villains. Origin Crisis will also introduce DCUO’s newest power set – Quantum – allowing players to alter time and space as they battle foes.

“What if Batman’s parents had never died, or if Superman teamed up with Lex Luthor? We wanted to explore the idea of time travel and really dig into these alternate realities,” said Jens Andersen, Creative Director, DC Universe Online. “We have selected some truly compelling narratives to explore in Origin Crisis, enabling players to alter the core motivations of their favorite heroes and villains and to see how the world changes as a result.”

In Origin Crisis – the space/time continuum has been compromised, and though Brainiac has been defeated, war wages on. Players must battle through new Raids and Operations and fight alongside Future Batman or Future Lex Luthor in order to shift the balance of destiny for Heroes and Villains forever. The two will summon their forces in an attempt to modify fundamental events in the histories of iconic characters and transform their futures. As the story unfolds, players gain access to an assortment of new multiplayer adventures and solo simulations.

Origin Crisis features:

  • New Quantum Controller Power Set – Manipulate time, control gravity and twist the very fabric of space itself!
  • Two challenging new Raids
  • Two new Hero Origin Operations
  • Two new Villain Origin Operations
  • Iconic Anomalies – Two new Solo Simulation Challenges
  • New Gear, including Tier 5 PvE Gear and new Iconic-inspired Gear
  • New Feats, Collections and Trophies

DCUO’s Origin Crisis DLC pack is a free download for the game’s Legendary members and is available for purchase to Free and Premium players via the PlayStation®Network, the in-game Marketplace, or for PC players via the DCUniverseOnline.com website.

Origin Crisis has arrived! Watch the launch trailer and play DC Universe Online for free at http://www.dcuniverseonline.com!

DC UNIVERSE ONLINE today announced that Hand of Fate!

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SAN DIEGO – Aug. 14, 2012Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) today announced that Hand of Fate, the fifth downloadable content (DLC) pack for DC Universe Online (DCUO), will be available for download on the PC and PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system this September. Hand of Fate will challenge players to return to Gotham City and Metropolis to experience high-level, team-focused Operations that span the iconic cityscapes. This DLC will also provide players with new Utility Belt Attachments and introduce magic-powered Legends PvP characters, as well as a multitude of exhilarating new side missions.

Hand of Fate is serial in nature and features massive, team-oriented operations,” said Jens Andersen, creative director on DC Universe Online. “We want to provide players with unique Hero and Villain experiences that immerse them in the most iconic DC Comics locations: Gotham City and Metropolis. What we hope players find in this DLC are emergent game play moments that challenge and reinvigorate them in the open world.”

Hand of Fate will throw players into hours of new adventures and content:

  • Utility Belt Attachments – Utility Belt Attachments will expand the trinket load-out from one to up to four slots, allowing players to equip multiple trinkets and consumables at once. All Utility Belt Attachments have at least two slots, while some also have upgradeable slots! Utility Belt Attachments give players more flexibility and options in the heat of combat without having to swap out items.
  • New Legends CharactersHand of Fate will introduce the first arcane characters to Legends PvP. The Lord of Order, Doctor Fate and the treacherous sorcerer Felix Faust make their playable debut in Legends PvP as magic-wielding hand-blasters who conjure powerful spells and summon allies to their aid.
  • Operations – Six intense new episodes designed for group play — three Heroic and three Villainous — will be unleashed upon players under the direction of Doctor Fate and Felix Faust. Heroes will be called to help the Lords of Order protect innocent souls from the forces of darkness. Villains must complete perilous missions for Felix Faust to reap his rewards.
  • Side Missions – As players battle through the six Operations, numerous side missions will arise that take players all over Metropolis, Gotham City, and beyond, pitting them against previous adversaries and new dangers that have arisen.

DCUO’s Hand of Fate DLC pack will be a free download for the game’s Legendary members and will be available for purchase to Free and Premium players via the PlayStation®Network, the in-game Marketplace, or for PC players via the DCUniverseOnline.com website.

DCUO is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on behalf of DC Entertainment. For more information about DCUO, visit www.DCUniverseOnline.com.

THE JOKER RETURNS TO WREAK HAVOC IN DC UNIVERSE ONLINE

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – May 8, 2012 – The battle between heroes and villains in DC Universe™ Online (DCUO) continues as Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) today announced that The Last Laugh,  the fourth downloadable content (DLC) pack for DCUO, will be available in June for download on the PC and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The Last Laugh will pit players against each other in high-intensity multiplayer brawls, feature an all-new weapon, and introduce new Light-Powered Legends PvP characters.

“We created this DLC purely for the players that like to take the fight to each other in DCUO’s amazing PvP combat,” said Jens Andersen, creative director on DC Universe Online. “Our community has continuously asked for more multiplayer action in DCUO, and we wanted to deliver content that fully meets their expectations and pushes PvP to another level. The Last Laugh is the first DLC that we’ve created that focuses almost entirely on player versus player battles, and it adds an exciting new element as some of DC’s greatest heroes and villains join to fight alongside you. Players will have even more opportunities to prove to the world whether heroes or villains will be triumphant.”
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The Last Laugh will include an all-new weapon, hours of multiplayer gameplay in the Safe Houses and Headquarters, and new Legends PvP characters:

  • The Shield – Players can unleash this vicious new weapon to bash their opponents, or hurl it to take them down from a distance.
  • Safe House Battles –No one is safe now that heroes and villains can invade each other’s Safe Houses in these four on four battles.
    • Graviton Technology Recovery – Players will be tasked with unscrambling teleporter codes that The Joker has mixed into fragments. Located at the Watchtower or Hall of Doom, players must retrieve eight code fragments to successfully rebuild useable teleporter codes.
    • The Rescue – Heroes must rescue hostages, while Villains will be freeing arrested criminals from opposing Safe Houses.
    • Bomb Disposal – Thanks to The Joker, the encryption on the Email terminals has changed and can only be bypassed by the robot he provided. Players must gain control of the robot and either upload the data to their HQ or add new encryption to keep their enemies and The Joker away from it.
  • Headquarter Battles – In this two-part crusade, 16 players – eight heroes and eight villains – will face off for the ultimate player reward. At the request of Superman, heroes must take over the Hall of Doom, while villains, egged on by The Joker, will breach the Watchtower in order to create chaos.
  • Legends Characters – Combat illuminates with the introduction of the first light-powered Legends for multiplayer combat. Players will soon have access to Kilowog, a Green Lantern, and Amon Sur, a member of the Sinestro Corps.

DCUO’s The Last Laugh DLC pack will be accessible for free for the game’s Legendary members and available for purchase for Free and Premium players via the PlayStation®Network in-game Marketplace, and on the PC via the DCUniverseOnline.com website.

DCUO is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on behalf of DC Entertainment. For more information about DCUO, visit www.DCUniverseOnline.com.

DC Universe Online’s Game Update 6: The Deadly Double Cross Now Available!

DC UNIVERSE™ ONLINE’S GAME UPDATE 6: THE DEADLY DOUBLE CROSS NOW AVAILABLE

WHAT: The battle in the Arctic rages on as Sony Online Entertainment releases the third and final chapter of the DC Universe™ Online (DCUO)Fortress of Solitude raid series.
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At the end of Game Update 5: The Fate of the Fortress, players had defeated Brainiac’s invasion only to be betrayed by their former Kryptonian ally General Zod. The Deadly Double Cross will begin where players left off – trapped in the The Fortress of Solitude: Sunstone Matrix where General Zod has seized control of the Sun Crystal Matrix Chamber.
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In the latest update, players will once again join forces with Superman and Lex Luthor in a heated battle to defeat double-crossing General Zodfor control over the Fortress of Solitude. Heroes and villains alike must team up to face the militant General Zod and his Kryptonian supervillain companions Non and Ursa.

In addition to the new raid chapter, Game Update 6 will add great new weapons and gear for players to earn in battle, including powerful new Kryptonian Military weapons forged from the Sunstone crystals themselves.

Game Update 6: The Deadly Double Cross Features:
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§  Intense new Eight-Man Group Combat Raid – The Fortress of Solitude: Sunstone Matrix: Fight with Superman and Lex Luthor in their mission to take down General Zod and win back control of the Fortress of Solitude.
§  New Gear & Weapons: Players can battle for new weapons and armor, including powerful new Kryptonian Military weapons and the final pieces of the Avatar style set.

WHEN: The game update is now available as a free download for players at all three access levels: Free, Premium and Legendary.
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DC Universe Online is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on behalf of DC Entertainment. For more information about DC Universe Online, visit www.DCUniverseOnline.com.
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DC UNIVERSE ONLINE REGISTERS 1 MILLION NEW PLAYERS WITH FREE-TO-PLAY TRANSITION

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DC Universe Online‘s transition to free-to-play has been welcomed by the community and gamers with heroic enthusiasm. In just one week alone, 1 million new players have joined DCUO with a 50/50 split between PC and PS3,” said Lorin Jameson, Executive Director of Development, SOE Austin. “DCUO now joins the ranks of SOE’s other successful free-to-play titles, including Free Realms and Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures.”

Jameson added, “Our business model philosophy of Free to Play Your Way makes DCUO accessible to every type of player so they can choose to play the game in a way that suits them best. We have a lot of exciting things coming up for players to enjoy in the game and are thrilled at the initial enthusiasm for the game’s free-to-play transition.”

DC Universe Online population spikes 1,000% on free-to-play switch

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DC Universe Online launched in January as Sony Online Entertainment’s fastest-selling game to date. The game is also attracting swaths of gamers in its new free-to-play form, according to Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley.

On Saturday, the SOE executive took to his Twitter feed to reveal that user-base numbers were up 900 percent over pre-free-to-play numbers since the new business model was introduced on November 1. Since then, the figure has ballooned to 1,000 percent. Smedley did not provide a breakdown of which platform new users are flocking to.

The player influx hasn’t come without a cost, however. The massive influx of users has resulted in users reporting long waits to get into the game, and various other issues. The latest update from Smedley is that the team is aware of the issues and is “on it.” Servers are being added to the DCUO infrastructure, and subscribers are being pushed to the front of log-in queues.

DC Universe Online lets players create their crime fighter or villain and is set in such locales as Superman’s Metropolis and Batman’s Gotham City. Also, a range of heroes and villains from the comic book publisher’s immense stable lend their presence to the game.

The game also benefits from heralded comic artist Jim Lee and scribe Marv Wolfman, who contributed to the project. Monthly subscriber perks include access to all the downloadable content packs, more than 15 character slots, 80 inventory slots, and the ability to form player leagues of any size.

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DC Universe Online: A Note from Deadmeat to USPC Players 11/04

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I am sorry for the quick taking down of the USPC Server tonight.  We have hit amazing player levels the last couple of days and have fixed a number of issues that were impacting server stability at very high populations.  We quickly identified the issue and will be deploying out a fix and bringing the servers back up as quickly as possible. The good news is that we identified a major bug that had been causing us a lot of issues the last couple of days. Though I know this is difficult on you the players, your patience and continued support have allowed us to make great strides in our goal to create the most unique experience in massive online gaming.

Lorin Jameson

“DeadMeat”

Executive Producer, DC Universe Online

A Note from Deadmeat to USPC Players 11/04.

DC Universe Online – 120k New Users & Server Issues

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This amazing number of new users has put US game servers under a tremendous burden and they were brought down late last night to address some recurrent issues.

As of 9 hours ago, this was the latest from the DCUO team:

Update from DCUO Exec. Producer: “We will be reopening the server soon. Although we do not have a fix yet for this problem we have added additional code to try and catch and diagnose the problem. I apologize in advance if we crash again, but know that the information we get will help to make sure we solve this problem as quickly as possible.”

DC UNIVERSE ONLINE NOW FREE-TO-PLAY !

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SAN DIEGO – November 2, 2011 – Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) today announced that players can now download and play its popular massively multiplayer online (MMO) action game DC Universe™ Online (DCUO) for free. Starting today, all PC and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system players can create their own legendary superhero – or villain – and join forces with their favorite DC Comics characters, including Superman, Batman and the Joker to either save – or destroy – the planet.

“We are confident that going free-to-play will expand the action combat experience of DC Universe Online by making the game more accessible to every type of player so they can choose to play the game their way,” said John Smedley, President, Sony Online Entertainment. “With a portfolio that includes three successful free-to-play games – EverQuest II: Extended, Free Realms and Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures – we have extensive knowledge and experience to apply to DCUOand are thrilled to be taking the game free-to-play today.”

There are three access levels in DCUO: Free, Premium and Legendary. All three levels will provide access to the game and include all game updates and fixes to the game, with each level offering differing game options and features. DLC content and features will also be included for Legendary players, and can be purchased by Free and Premium players.  The levels include:

  • Free Access: New players now have access to the base game content in DC Universe Online, including Gotham City, Metropolis, and all current raids and alerts outside of DLC packs.  Free Access provides players with the ability to create two characters, join a League and many other benefits. Free level players can also purchase DLC packs, additional character slots, and more in-game.
  • Premium Access: Any player who has spent at least $5 USD (including former paid subscribers and new players who have purchased $5 of in-game items) qualifies for the Premium Access level. Premium level players have more benefits available to them than the Free level player, including additional character slots, additional inventory slots, and higher cash limits. DLC packs, additional character slots, and more can be purchased in-game. All previous subscribers are granted Premium Access automatically.
  • Legendary Access: Legendary Access provides the most content, features and benefits of the three access levels.  Loaded with enhanced features, Legendary Access is available for a $14.99 USD monthly fee (multi-month discounts are available) and includes access to all DLC packs at no cost, more than 16 character slots, over 60 inventory slots, the ability to form Leagues, and many other benefits.

DC Universe Online combines  the ability to explore legendary DC Comics environments pulled from the pages of the comic books, popular movies and animated series and fascinating story arcs with fast-paced, physics-based combat, allowing players to pick up buses and other objects in the environment, fly into the air and throw them at enemies; run up the sides of buildings to engage in melee brawls while shooting flames of fire from their hands; or cling to the side of buildings while using a grappling hook to pull flying opponents out of the sky – all while fighting alongside or against the legendary characters of DC Comics and building their own legacy as they embark on  their own path to legendary.

DC Universe Online is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on behalf of DC Entertainment. For more information about DC Universe Online, visit www.DCUniverseOnline.com.

DC Universe Online goes free on November 1!

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Sony Online Entertainment confirmed on Thursday night the date that its superhero PS3 and PC MMORPG, DC Universe online will start offering a free-to-play option.

Starting November 1, 2011, DC Universe Online will break up into three service tiers – Free, Premium, and Legendary.

New players will have access to the game for free with the ability to create two new characters and purchase add-on, slots, powers and other items. However, if you spend $5 in-game, you’ll automatically be upgraded to the Premium level.

Anybody that has an active account for DC Universe Online will automatically be upgraded to a Premium membership which gains more character and inventory slots than free-to-play but you’ll still have to purchase add-ons. This membership tier will be free as well though.

Legendary membership costs $14.99 a month but include all the DLC packs at no additional cost, more than 15 character slots, 80 inventory slots, and the ability to form leagues of any size.

Here is some additional information that SOE revealed about the transition for DC Universe Online.

  • Your current install of the game will work for F2P launch so you will not need to redownlaod anything to play.
  • If you are a Legendary member and transition down to Premium, you will have the chance to choose which characters to keep in the active slots
  • You can purchase additional inventory, character and banks slots regardless of your access level
  • We anticipate on Tuesday that the transition will require an extended downtime, we apologize in advance, but we are doing a lot of work behind the scenes and then publishing a new version of the game.  We will keep everyone updated on the status of when the game is going to be unavailable and then when it is going to reopen via messaging on our forums and the DCUO Facebook page beginning Monday as soon as we have a more firm timeline.

The Fate of the Fortress Game Update Now Available in DC Universe Online

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THE FATE OF THE FORTRESS GAME UPDATE NOW AVAILABLE IN DC UNIVERSE ONLINE

WHAT: The arctic struggle continues within Superman’s Fortress of Solitude as Sony Online Entertainment introduces its fifth game update, The Fate of the Fortress, the second phase of DC Universe™ Online’s (DCUO) three-part raid to stop Brainiac in his attempt to harness Kryptonian technology to destroy the Earth.

The latest game update features the first DC Universe Online raid to take place within the walls of the Fortress. Players continue to fight alongside Superman and Lex Luthor as the battle moves deeper into this magnificent arctic hideout eventually pitting the combatants against the most fierce of all of Brainiac’s Sunstone-powered cyber-soldiers. In this phase of the Fortress raid series, fans of the Man of Steel will be treated to key areas of the Fortress, beginning with the grand entrance foyer containing statues of Jor-El and Lara (Superman’s Kryptonian parents), a trip to the Phantom Zone Projector Room, a view of the Sun Crystal Matrix Chamber, and a final battle with Brainiac’s most lethal and powerful fighting machine, the Avatar of Meta, which takes place in the Fortress’ center, the Power Core room.

Now available, the second Fortress of Solitude content update, The Fate of the Fortress, is included at no additional charge for all active DC Universe Online PC and PlayStation®3 Computer Entertainment System subscribers. The new content update for DCUO includes:

The Fate of the Fortress Game Update Features:

  • Fortress of Solitude Eight-Man Group Combat Raid: Follow Superman and Lex Luthor as they team up to defeat Brainiac and regain control of the Fortress of Solitude. Players will earn Marks of Krypton good towards purchasing new gear in the Watchtower or Hall of Doom.
  • New Gear & Loot: Players can get cool new pieces to add to their Wayward Drone set in the Hive Hard Mode Alert, including backplate, thorax, faceted headguard, and gloves.  Plus, the second part of the Fortress of Solitude raid offers up to 30 new weapons, completing the Prismatic set.  Finally, for those who complete all the briefings in both Fortress raids, there is a General Zod-inspired Banished Kryptonian Cowl to claim for players’ valiant efforts.
  • HIVE Hard Mode – Tier 2 Alert: Now offered in a “Hard Mode” version, the HIVE Alert takes the challenge to a whole new level of fun and rewards players with Marks of Distinction.
  • New Batcave PvP Map: A new Batcave map brings players to Batman’s inner sanctum for a two-versus-two battle, delivering a higher level of challenge to players and more gameplay combat and fun as they battle friends in the Batcave.
  • Dueling: The new dueling gameplay mode allows players to challenge another Hero or Villain to a one-on-one fight – to get started, players simply flag themselves as open for dueling and get ready to rumble.

WHEN: The game update is available now for download.

The critically acclaimed DC Universe Online is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on behalf of DC Entertainment and is the first massive online action game made for the PC and the PlayStation®3 system, featuring real-time combat action where players control every move. Players are invited to step into the DC Universe™ and create their own customized super hero or villain, and join forces to fight alongside or against their favorite DC icons.

For more information about DC Universe Online, visit www.DCUniverseOnline.com.

SOE’s John Smedley – TOR Has Legit Shot At 2 Million Subscribers

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There are a lot of industry analysts, pundits and big-wigs who believe that Star Wars: The Old Republic can garner more than 2 million subscribers, even in the face of increased “competition” from free-to-play titles. The latest endorsement comes from none other than Sony Online Entertainment President, John Smedley.

Gamesinustry.biz posted a guest editorial by Smedley on the the industry’s march toward the free-to-play model (with DC Universe being the latest switcher.) The piece is entitled The Free Future and is great reading for anyone involved in the games industry, or even just enjoy keeping an eye on it.

Smedley feels that TOR will be the last large-scale MMO to go this route:

There’s another large juggernaut coming out soon in Star Wars: The Old Republic from EA/Bioware. That’s a game that I think has a legitimate shot at a 2 million subscription user base and I believe they will stick with the subscription method. In my opinion this is going to be the last large scale MMO to use the traditional subscription business model.

The SOE President goes on to talk about Guild Wars and the “buy the box” model, as well as emerging markets. In the end though, he argues that free-to-play is the future for MMOs. Perhaps most poignant, he gives advice to developers:

Let players be able to get most things that you sell in the store just by playing the game.  Even if it’s difficult, giving free players the chance to get things without ever paying you a dime is the right thing to do.

Head on over to Gamesindustry.biz for the full read. If you’re interested in the business, this is a great piece.

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DC UNIVERSE ONLINE GOES FREE-TO-PLAY IN OCTOBER FOR PLAYSTATION 3 SYSTEM AND PC!

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Sony Online Entertainment Announces Three Access Levels for Popular Superhero Online Action Game

SAN DIEGO – September 19, 2011 – Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) today announced a new free-to-play business model for its popular massively multiplayer online (MMO) game DC Universe Online (DCUO) — where players have the freedom to become legendary fighting alongside DC Comics icons like Superman, Batman and The Joker in an ever-evolving online action adventure that has already logged more than 42 million hours of super-powered gameplay action by players since its launch earlier this year.

Beginning late October, players will be able to download and access DCUO for free on both the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC. As part of this transition, SOE is introducing three new access levels to the game: Free, Premium and Legendary. All three levels will provide access to open world gameplay and missions, general game updates and fixes to the game, with each level offering different game options and benefits.

“When we launched DC Universe Online, we introduced a very different brand of massive online game driven by fast action combat to PC and PS3™gamers and with that, we discovered a new type of online gamer,” said John Smedley, President, Sony Online Entertainment. “We’ve listened to our community, and we’ve determined that the free-to-play model is the best fit for DC Universe Online.”

Smedley added, “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.”

All three levels provide access to the current game, but allow differing tiers of convenience and flexibility. The levels are:

·         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.

More information on the DCUO free-to-play access levels can be found here: dcuniverseonline.com/free.

DC Universe Online combines immersive environments and fascinating story arcs with fast-paced, physics-based combat, allowing players to pick up buses and other objects in the environment, fly into the air and throw them at enemies; run up the sides of buildings to engage in melee brawls while shooting flames of fire from their hands; or cling to the side of buildings while using a grappling hook to pull flying opponents out of the sky – all while fighting alongside or against the legendary characters of DC Comics and charting their own path to legendary.

DC Universe Online is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on behalf of DC Entertainment. For more information about DC Universe Online, visit www.DCUniverseOnline.com.