Sony Online Entertainment's DC Universe Online, first released in January of this year, is going free-to-play next month on both PC and PlayStation 3.
According to SOE, both versions will receive a new three-tiered payment system, allowing anyone to play the game for free, or pay a subscription to receive in-game benefits.
Those who play for free will have access to all the current gameplay, with the ability to create two characters, join a league and purchase additional game packs and powers.
Premium players are those who have paid at least $5 towards the game in some form, including former subscribers, and new players who have purchased at least $5 worth of items. These players will have access to an extra character slot and more inventory slots.
Legendary players are those who pay a $14.99 monthly subscription fee. For these players, all DLC packs will be made available at no extra cost, along with more than 15 character slots, the ability to form unrestricted-sized leagues, and more.
SOE executive producer Lorin Jameson said to gaming news website IGN that the move to free-to-play has nothing to do with current subscriber numbers.
"In terms of 'Is it a result in a drop in subs' -- absolutely not," he argued. "This is the right business model. If I can be honest, the game ended up costing a lot more than we thought it would, and this was our preferred business model from day one."