Sony To Offer Free Monthly Updates Instead of Paid DLC for DCUO

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President of Sony Online Entertainment John Smedley said that if you decide to play DC Universe Online, you won’t have to worry about any additional costs besides your regular monthly fee. Smedley told Eurogamer that they will be offering free monthly upgrades of additional content and weekly patches if things need to be fixed right away, instead of big DLC packages you have to purchase additionally. The new content for PC and PS3 will launch within a day or two of each other, even though it takes longer for updates to be approved on the PS3 platform. (They’ll hold all the PC upgrades until the equivalent one is ready.)

“But the plans are about a month out you can start expecting major pieces of content and major new features to come in,” he said. “We’ll be adding all kinds of cool stuff. We’re not quite ready to reveal what our after-launch plans are yet. Needless to say we have a lot of content we’re in QA on that players haven’t seen yet.”

This echoes what DCUO Game Director Chris Cao’s told Techland about seeing tons more feats and other weapons in the near future. Smedley said that the monthly fee made the company feel obligated to provide free constant upgrades and new features. They should: The game costs $14.99 a month to play on top of the $49.99 you’ll have to plop down for the PC version or the $59.99 it costs for the PS3 version. While this is common practice for PC players to pay a monthly fee, it’s relatively new for PS3 players to have to cough up change continuously instead of pay once in a while for DLC. Smedley, who hopes to have the game running for “five, ten years,” believes the choices within the game and the amount of new material you get each month will attract console gamers and keep them playing – and paying.

More on TIME.com:

Gaming Tip Sheet: “DC Universe Online”

Did You Join The DC Universe Online Today?

Q&A: Marv Wolfman on DC Universe Online, Love for Video Games

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