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

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frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

hmm think i will play the beta and then skip this one. no way i will pay for this game. all that money could be spent on waaay better AAA titles comin out. any single one of them will be money better spent than on this. by the end you could have several games in place of this one. no thanks. after that huge 15 gb dl taking 6 hours on my ps3 i lost interest after an hour of it. i will try it again i guess but no way will they get that kind of money from me.

if it were marvel i may be more interested, but dc is ehh.


Last edited by frylock25 on 12/21/2010 10:16:43 AM

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

Marvel is working on X-Men:Destiny. A possible MMO.

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

i was not aware of that and i would be more interested in that.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

Final Fantasy XI

It worked there for ps2, and FFXIV's set to come on ps3.

If the game's good people will pay.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

but it's not…

Zemus101
Zemus101
9 years ago

Yeah not yet it's not. It's going through a redesign 😛 DCUO became my new target after hearing about all the crazyness surrounding FFXIV's launch.

Snorge
Snorge
9 years ago

Ok I have to admit I played a bit of City of Heroes back in the day but my wife was waaay more into that. I watched her play countless hours, so much that I feel like I did all that playing as well. It was cool back then, kinda isolated since Im use to being on the console and talking to people instead of just typing to talk. (Even though it did come out in 2004 and chat wasnt THAT big yet.)

I play this game with my wife on a regular right now and it does improve on everything I experienced in COH but GEEZ I dont think we're gonna be able to do the $15 a month. Just….dont think I would play it THAT much to warrant $15 a month when I have MANY other games I can play for free online. Sorry DC.

Game is badass though, so if you a plus member, go grab it while ya can!


Last edited by Snorge on 12/21/2010 10:28:30 AM

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

I was thinking of City Of Heroes too when I read this description…
I tried CoH back in the days wnd while the character creation were totally awsome the game never did it for me.

Jonesy555
Jonesy555
9 years ago

I'm still stuck on CoH…for some reason, I keep creating toons that I've already created and playing with them. It's like my drug. And if DCUO is any good, I'll probably stop giving NCSoft my money and go to this.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Expensive, not worth it. If I pay near full retail for the game, I sure don't expect to pay the equivalent of a full PSN release every month for the privilege of continuing to play.

If you buy the lifetime subscription this costs you $259.99. $260 for a game!? Holy crap, and people accused Sony of over pricing. I know that there is an ongoing server commitment, but still, if games like Gran Turismo and Burnout paradise can sell for $60 and include free online, this seems a bit steep, even if they have to provision more servers.

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

isnt it $200 a year?

Highbird
Highbird
9 years ago

$199 for a "lifetime" payment" so you only have to pay that once and you get unlimited access to it

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Its $260 including retail price for the game…

I agree highlander… I dont think the superhero world holds as much ground as say a game like wow to spend $200 on a lifetime subscription either…

If the game was more like 5-10 dollars a month it might be worth it. Lol free is even better. Seriously though ive said from the start i dont think i can justify paying to play a game after i have bought it.

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

it was the phrasing of it that got me for a min. it sounded for a sec to me that it was 200 for 13 months worth. where its pay for 13 months up front for lifetime access. if it makes it 13 months that is…

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Okay, I don't understand the comment about a lifetime subscription if it only lasts 13 months. I hope I'm reading that wrongly. Second, Highlander, you mention people calling Sony price gougers? You do realise that this is being published by SCEOnline? So, this is Sony's doing.

Sorry if I've misunderstood, but it's three thirty in the morning, and I'm up because of this bloody thunder. Doesn't help that the power's been knocked out..
Peace.

EDIT: No, I get it now. The equivalent to 13 months to play it for free forever. I'm a but slow this morning. That would be alright, I suppose, if DCUO doesn't pull an APB on us.


Last edited by Lawless SXE on 12/21/2010 11:49:22 AM

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

And by "lifetime", they only mean 13 months!!!!!
That's certainly not any lifetime to me.

So, if our lives went by their idea of a "lifetime" we'd all be f*cking dead by the time we're only a year & a month old.

Who's the rocket scientist who thought up this "lifetime" quickie bullsh*t????

Nope, "FTW"…no paid subscription MMO's for me!

Zemus101
Zemus101
9 years ago

Looks like lots of people are slow today 😛

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

D'Oh! Lawless you're right, I totally forgot who was publishing it. In that case, I'll rephrase to, and people rightly call Sony price gougers when Sony Entertainment Online wants $260 for a game.

Seriously, it's simply ridiculous to expect people to pay such an amount for a game.

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

If you buy the lifetime subscription, you have to keep your fingers crossed that the game has a longer lifetime than APB.

I doubt I would ever do it, but I can see the justification for paying a subscription fee for a Fantasy MMO. I don't see what extra content could justify it for a DC superhero game.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 12/21/2010 7:23:29 PM

Orvisman
Orvisman
9 years ago

I bet it is more DC's fault. Don't forget, DC wants to get paid for using its characters… and that ain't cheap.

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

Holy cow $200 for life time? that's outragous!! I highly doubt people are goin gto pay $200 for a game!! usually console games don't do monthly fees. This game doesn't look worth leaving your ps3 on all day for!!!

I guess more ylods will be happening soon.

spiderboi
spiderboi
9 years ago

frylock is right. if this was marvel it'd be a different story. besides, with so many blockbuster PS3 games coming our way, who wants to really spend so much time in any one game, and really be forced to play it coz you subscribed for it?

Zemus101
Zemus101
9 years ago

I've been loving the beta since it launched for Plus subscribers and since last nights update, it runs and looks better than ever before. I'd give them my money now if I could, they've done such a great job listening to the fans and getting things done. That's why I pay.

Complete list of updates in the patch are found here. http://robert-chapman.blogspot.com/2010/12/dcuo-ps3-beta-receives-hefty-update.html#more

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

I didn't realise that it would be out so soon. It's decent enough timing, but if I want a game to sink MILLIONS of hours into, I'll get LBP2 a week later, and play for free. Word is that the beta is quite good, which should be somewhat indicative of the final product, but worth an extra $15/month… We'll see.
Peace.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

This is doomed to fail in my opinion.

I could see $60 per year to play after paying $60.00 for the game, but $200 is ridiculous.

No thanks.

Need4Speed11_11
Need4Speed11_11
9 years ago

I know I am going against the grain here, but I think the lifetime fee is brilliant. Think about it. Most special/collectors edition games nowadays run you atleast 99-150. And that's just one game, that doesn't need any server upkeeping and regulation. So 200 for a final fee and not have to worry about future costs is psychologically relieving. And through the perspective and passion of an online gamer, this idea is really nice. Most hard core/casual gamers wouldn't really appreciate this idea because there's a million other games they would rather spend their income on. So really, its down to preference, anticipation, and funding. Would you rather knock out the fee sooner than later. Or let it co-concurr with other finances you may have monthly. Great article Ben, keep it up. Also Psx Fam, do any of you have the Move? How fun is it, and are you getting the KZ3 gun for it?

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

We have the PS Move, and right now, it's just like the Wii was before it. We got bored of it.

I am looking forward to the Killzone/SOCOM gun though.


Last edited by maxpontiac on 12/21/2010 1:46:55 PM

CH1N00K
CH1N00K
9 years ago

Think of the Move like a penis for your PS3. Not everyone has one or wants one, but they are fun to play with.

You can play with it by yourself and have fun, but it's more fun to whip it out and show it off to your friends, that way everyone can play with it….umm…yeah, that's all I'm going to say about that….

RebelJD
RebelJD
9 years ago

I tried out the beta and it wasn't enough to convince me to pay to play online. It may be enough for other users/gamers though and that's always a great thing for PS3. I'd like to see DC Universe Online supported and complimented. I've never been into these types of games…having it be about comic book heroes was the only selling point that drew me in. Hopefully the more advent MMORPG gamers love it and they find this game to be awesome.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

The beta is good and will make the game better once they work or any kinks but subscription based games were never appealing to me. What they should do is implement a trail period. That being the hook. Those who determine that they cannot live without the game will subscribe.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Says right there in the article that you get a free thirty day subscription out of the box. Close enough to a trial, I'd say.
Peace.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

I suffer from selective reading. That or I am simply just blind today.


Last edited by FatherSun on 12/21/2010 1:07:56 PM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Personally I would think that rather than gouging $60 for a 1 month trial of a game, they'd be better offering the retail game with a 1 month subscription for the cost of a month of playing time. They're charging so much for the subscription, that the $60 sticker on the retail disc is adding insult to injury. If you're going to charge through the nose for the subscription, at least have the decency to cut players a little slack on the retail price of the game.

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

FFXI at least came with a hard drive (really, vice versa).

Even drug dealers know it's smart to give away the first hit for free.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 12/21/2010 7:33:49 PM

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

For those who DO want this game, here ya go….

The DC Universeâ„¢ Online Full PS3 Trophy List Revealed!

http://go.ign.com/gMgxGS

Hezzron
Hezzron
9 years ago

Way too much. I think they priced this around the market for comic books, and not video games. You see how much they fleece you for those nowadays?

gumbi
gumbi
9 years ago

I only buy a game every 4 months or so. This one game would completely eat up my entire gaming budget. Nope, can't justify that.

Sorry, but I just can't stomach the idea of paying full price for a game, and then having to pay more every month just so I can play it. I don't do it on PC either. If you want a monthly subscription fee then the initial game should be free, or at least much cheaper than full retail price of a normal (pay once and play as much as I damn well want) game

Zemus101
Zemus101
9 years ago

I totally understand, but there are people out there, like me, that want a larger game to play. We're willing to shell out what it costs to get that done, and play it for years to come. It's also nice to know that you'll be playing with like-minded people on the servers.

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
9 years ago

Tried the beta but it needs a little more work before I commit to it. Played City of Heroes/Villains for a few years, and this has the potential to be just as, if not more, fun then those were. I'm not a really big DC Comics fan, but if it's worth it later on, I'll try it. In the meantime, if I really need to play a superhero MMO, I'll play Champions Online since it's going free to play in a few months.

BattleFox21
BattleFox21
9 years ago

hmm I think most people fail to realise that wow goes for $15p/m and that if u played it for 2yrs is almost double the price of the $200 lifetime sub. Honestly I love RPG's and while I hate paying to play, I do wish more developers would opt-in for a one time sub. like this because I would rather pay that then pay monthly knowing down the road I will end up paying more. It's all about offering versatility and it's about time RPG's do this cause free to play and pay to play just ain't cutting it.

That said everyone is different some will not want to pay. I know but this game is really good and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with the get, but not fully on board yet the game def has it's issues thats for sure as me for I'm on the wait and see list.

BattleFox21
BattleFox21
9 years ago

P.S. I have never pay to play any game. It's just the one time fee seems more appealing to me in my finical situation with income taxes rite around the corner….see I'm thinking ahead lol!!

tlpn99
tlpn99
9 years ago

Will many people buy this ? Possibly those that love PC gaming and want it on thier console. A lot of people from here sound like they wont be buying it. I don't think I am going to buy it. I had hopes for this but now after realising it's for only 13 months. I have got better things to spend my money on.

World Of Warcraft has been established for ages and if I wanted to I would sure pay to play that on a decent high end spec PC.

May consider if it comes down in price.


Last edited by tlpn99 on 12/21/2010 1:25:02 PM

Zemus101
Zemus101
9 years ago

What's only 13 months? You pay $15/mo indefinitely. Or if you play on the PC you have the option to pay $200 and never pay again.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I confused as well, A lifetime subscription is 13 months?


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 12/21/2010 1:27:12 PM

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

No the lifetime fee is equivelant to 13 months of paying $15 a month! Thats if u round up, technically its $195 total!


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 12/21/2010 1:35:57 PM

Zemus101
Zemus101
9 years ago

Bring the lifetime sub to the PS3 🙁
I would probably save up and pay it if it wasn't PC only.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Ah I get it.

DazeOfWar
DazeOfWar
9 years ago

where does it say the lifetime sub is only PC?

telly
telly
9 years ago

Frankly, no, I won't pay the price. Not to play this, and it's hard to imagine even my very favorite games being worth $15 every month forever. Show me an MMO without a monthly fee and I'll listen. But there are just far too many games to play to possibly justify investing so much money and, as a result, time into any one game. Not interested.

dillonthebunny
dillonthebunny
9 years ago

I love the beta.. but is it worth £2.50 a week (or £150) for free DLC and updates forever?