DC Universe Online is giving away free CR 170 characters for logging in this week

    
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It’s “member appreciation week” in Daybreak’s DC Universe Online, and it lines up nice and neat with the holiday too – how convenient is that? You’re definitely going to want to take advantage of this one, too, as Daybreak is essentially handing out a free toon boosted to 170 combat rating.

“Members, log in starting tomorrow to claim your FREE CR 170 Character Advance ($45 value). Create a new character or advance one of your existing characters up to Combat Rating 170. At 170, you will be ready to jump into Amazon Fury Part III and the rest of the latest episodes. Enjoy on us, and thank you!”

During the rest of this week, subbers will see a 20% discount in the cash shop, and console subs are on sale for a third off too.

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Vulpis Foxfire

Ah, DCUO…still catering to the subbies and taking a steaming dump on the Premium playerbase that actually keeps the place in business, as usual.

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styopa

I presume as they keep saying ‘members’ it’s paid-players only (or is DCUO paid only? I tried a few post CoH hero games and just couldn’t stick with them.)

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wratts

As I read it yes, this appears to be a subscribers only promotion

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syberghost

Yes, Member Appreciation Week deals are for Members, which means subs.

No, the game is not paid only; there are some major benefits for subbing, and if you play regularly it will save you money, but the game has a decent F2P model.

The biggest thing you lose is content; like most Daybreak games, the expansions are locked behind paywalls. Unlike some others, subbing gives you the expansions, at least while you’re subbed. When they release a new expansion, that content generally has an “event” where it’s free to access until the next expansion comes out, which is kind of the reverse of how other games do it; so as a free player, you do have fresh content coming all the time, but you lose access to it after a while.

Gear progression is tied to expansion gear once you hit a pretty high level, so you may find without a sub that you have to grind the same “event” content repeatedly to progress. This is as boring as it sounds, but you can get pretty far before you hit this wall; plenty of time to decide if the game is for you or not.

The sub is All-Access, which means it’s also a sub to EverQuest, EverQuest 2, and PlanetSide 2. Doesn’t get you anything in H1Z1 or Just Survive though, and they’ve said nothing about their other game currently in development in regards to this.

The game is currently being run by Jack “Statesman” Emmert, of CoH fame. He left Cryptic and went to Daybreak. It isn’t much like CoH though.

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styopa

Thanks for the thorough explanation.
I interviewed Emmert (was it for CGM? or maybe some website?) in ancient days at the E3 *just* before CoH came out (2003?), he was a really pleasant guy to talk to. CLEARLY CoH was his dream project, he was completely jazzed like only a comic-book nerd could be about superheroes…I admit, his enthusiasm was so overflowing it was contagious.
I was surprised that he’d walk away to another project, but that was before I’d spent too much time in the corporate world and realized everyone has their limit.

Thanks again.

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Vulpis Foxfire

There is also a middle-ground, the ‘Premium’ player. You buy things ala carte, rather than having to maintain a subscription, and have the benefit of keeping the things you buy (other than consumables, obviously) permamantly. These are the peiple that kept DCUO afloat when they didn’t have enough subbers.