It's your chance to design a superhero and save the world. But are you willing to pay to do it?
Well, perhaps if the game is good enough… DC Universe Online has been in beta mode for a little while – it's open to PlayStation Plus members – and now, we have a release date: it's January 11, 2011 for North America and January 14, 2011 for the UK. You will create your own superhero or villain and choose a mentor; one of the many recognizable names in the DC world will coach you from the start. That could be anyone from Superman to the Joker. The game will boast the standard price tag ($49.99 for PC, $59.99 for PS3) and it does come with a free 30-day subscription but of course, you'll probably want to play longer.
If so, you have the option of paying $15/month or $199 for a lifetime subscription (13 months worth). Now, PC players may be used to this but console gamers aren't; when IGN mentioned this to the game's Director, Chris Cao, this was the response:
"A little over a decade ago, people questioned subscription fees on a PC. They'd never played an MMO before and they weren't sure why they'd pay monthly to play it. Then they stepped into those first worlds, lived online, and came to realize that the experience was worth the expense. The same thing is going to happen on the PS3. People are always willing to pay for good games, especially when they continue to grow and change. We've made a great game in DCUO and we're going to keep adding to it with each and every update."
Well, that's the typical argument for the cost of playing an MMO: it's like nothing else. And that much is true but the question is, are you going to be one of those willing to shell out to experience the broad MMORPG experience?
Related Game(s): DC Universe Online