The latest development update for DC Universe Online has been published, pointing to some pretty exciting information if you’re a player of the MMO. This includes news about the monetization – or lack thereof – of new episodes.
Straight away, Senior Producer Landon "Panderus" Falls, confirms that all episodes will be made free before DCUO’s next big expansion. This follows Flashpoint being made free for everyone. Landon writes,
“First up, I can confirm we will make all episodes free to all players before our next major release later this summer.
As you know, Episode 40: World of Flashpoint was just released free to everyone, all episodes have been open (available to everyone with longer loot locks) since last March, and new episodes have come with free limited-time event versions for years.
These experiments have only shown us positives as more players are able to get right into content without barriers, so on we go.”
Additionally, Landon notes that membership will receive a pretty big update. This includes addressing the access-to-all-episodes benefit plus various other improvements. While the team has ideas, he encourages the community to speak out if they have suggestions of their own.
As for looking ahead, expect to see the seasonal event later this month, and then a summer seasonal event in June. Server performance is a high priority as well. Landon then touches on the future,
“Finally, looking even further ahead, we plan to launch our next two releases, introduce a new major feature, roll out that membership update and free episodes, bring back the fall seasonal event (October) and winter seasonal event (December), and follow through on the Community Style Initiative.”