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Legend Pricing For Legend Players – Extended!

DC Universe Online

As you know from my post on 8th February, to show our appreciation for the early players in DC Universe Online, we’re offering you the chance to lock in a promotional rate of only €24.99 for the 90-day DC Universe Online subscription. That is over 25% OFF the regular 90-day subscription plan price of €34.99. You’ll be able to keep that rate for as long as you are actively subscribed and watch the savings pile up.

This offer went live on Feb 8, 2011 and has now been extended. It will now expire at 23.59 (GMT) March 15th, 2011. If you purchase your subscription during the offer period, you can keep that pricing for the duration of your subscription.

Below are the prices in local currencies:

Previous PricePromotional Price
AustraliaAUD54.9539.35
Austria34.9924.99
Belgium34.9924.99
CroatiaHRK274.99199.99
CzechCZK879.00649.00
DenmarkDKK289.00225.00
FinlandEURO34.9524.95
France34.9924.99
Germany34.9924.99
Greece34.9924.99
Italy34.9924.99
Luxenbourg34.9924.99
Netherlands34.9924.99
New ZealandNZD64.9049.95
NorwayNOK299.00225.00
PolandPLN119.0089.00
Portugal34.9924.99
Saudi ArabiaUSD34.9924.99
South AfricaZAR349.00249.00
Spain34.9924.99
SwedenSEK349.00249.00
SwitzerlandCHF54.9539.95
UKGBP27.9919.99

Already Subscribed?

Good news: If you have already subscribed to a 90-day subscription, and it is due to renew between midday (GMT) on February 8th and 23.59 (GMT) on March 15th, you will automatically be charged Legend Plan pricing of €24.99 when your next payment is taken! Just make sure that you have enough funds in your wallet or that auto-top up is set to on and your credit card details are registered to ensure your payment is successful. To check the renewal date of your existing 90-day subscription, sign in to PSN and go to Account Management, Transaction Management, Services List and select DC Universe Online Subscription. If your 90-day subscription does not expire during the offer period, don’t worry you can upgrade as described below.

How to upgrade your subscription:

If you redeemed the 30-day subscription voucher that came in your DCUO disc box you are already subscribed to the 30-day subscription plan, which will renew automatically soon. To take advantage of this 90-day subscription offer you will need to upgrade to the 90-day plan. You can do that by following these instructions:

  1. Go to the PlayStation Store and look up DC Universe Online.
  2. The subscription is available in 30, 90 and 180 day periods. If you purchase the 90-day one between midday (GMT) on February 8th and 23.59 (GMT) on March 15th, you’ll get the special offer pricing. (But the 180-day subscription offers great value too – check out which is best for you.)
  3. When you purchase your new DCUO subscription, you will be charged immediately but your existing subscription will continue until the end of its current period and then lapse. Your new subscription will take over and will renew in accordance with the Terms of Service and User Agreement.

If you have any other DCUO subscription and would like to change to the 90-day subscription to benefit from the promotional pricing you can do that too. Just follow the same instructions as to upgrade, detailed above.

Terms and Conditions

Special offer price now €24.99, usually €34.99. Offer opened midday (GMT) on February 8th 2011 and ends 23.59 (GMT) on 15th March 2011. If you purchase a 90-day subscription during the offer period, you’ll pay a special offer price of €24.99 per 90 days for the duration of that subscription. If you already have a subscription, you will be charged on purchase but your new subscription will start to run from the end of the current subscription and will renew automatically at the end of the subscription period in accordance with the Terms of Service/User Agreement. Renewals will be charged at €24.99 per 90-day subscription but, if you cancel the subscription or it terminates for any reason, purchases after 15th March 2011 will be at the usual recurring price of €34.99 per 90-day subscription.

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Purchased my 90 day offer two days ago :)

I’m really interested in how succesful this game is…

…based on the extension of the pricing I guess it’s not (but maybe i’m wrong)

Is this game selling badly?

im waiting for Final Fantasy 14 online :D

Hey Elliot, Hit-Reset.co.uk here. We’ve had a few complaints from members that when actively subscribed to a 30 day plan they cannot switch to the ninety day plan until after their current plan expires. Unfortunately even with this extension they are likely to miss out on this offer as a result. Is this something SCEE are looking into? Surely with the rolling sub model you guys have it should be simple to have someone with 14 days left on their sub to pick up a 90 day sub, giving them 104 days of play?

Elliott Linger 28 February, 2011 @ 14:36
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Hi LycanGav,
We have now tweaked the way subscriptions work for DCUO so you can now ‘stack’ subscription packages. i.e. if you have 14 days left on your 30 day sub, you can now purchase the 90 day plan and the 14 days will be added to the end.
Hopefully that clarifies things.
thanks
EL

From reading some analysis of the sales on IGN, Joystiq and a few other sites they all reckon the game bombed hard and has poor retention rates of those who did purchase.

The extending of the discount seems to bear this out. It will be free for Plus users soon enough, I reckon.

we need to be able stack ps+ subs aswell

Even though I purchased the offered subscription, the game still asks me to buy it every time I fire it up and it’s still available for me to buy on the Playstation Store. Is that normal? I just want to make sure the subscription is indeed already locked.

almighty-slayer 28 February, 2011 @ 15:38
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Awesome. Need to get back into this. I stopped playing to catch up with some backlog. This offer will definitely encourage me to dive back in sooner rather than later :)

if you bought a 90 day sub before the offer kicked in, it won’t be up for renewal will it?

in fact even if you bought the 90 day plan at launch it wont be up for renewal before the 15th of march, in fact it’ll be only be about 60 days into your sub if you bought it at launch.

somebody’s not been doing their sums it seems.

will those who bought a 90 day sub before the offer actually get the reduced price or not?

In reponse to BlankedBoy (comment 5) – there was an issue where SCEE customers could not sign up for the offer (it did not show up on the store as they already had a subscription in place).

The store was fixed on the 25th (the “tweak” Elliot refers to) and the offer was extended by 2 weeks to compensate customers who had been unable to switch to the special offer sub. See the official announcement on the DCOU forums here: http://forums.station.sony.com/dcuops3/posts/list.m?topic_id=15715

In contrast, the US offer still runs out on the 1st March as they did not have the ‘switching subscription’ issue. Surely if the extension was due to the game “bombing”, theirs would have been extended too?

* DCUO
/facepalm

HazelAM – see the ‘Already subscribed’ section – “If your 90-day subscription does not expire during the offer period, don’t worry you can upgrade as described below.”
So in effect you can switch from the 90 day full price pack to the, er, 90 day discount pack.
You’re right though, there’s no way an existing 90 day sub can be up for renewal yet ;)

but can you buy another 90 day sub if you’ve already bought one 90 day sub?

i guess we’ll hear soon enough if you can’t.

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Hi Elliott,

As you said above, subsciptions can now be “stacked”, I have a suggestion. You said that the lifetime sub could not be purchased on PS3 as it exceeds the max. PS3 wallet ammount. Why not have two different packages which both have to be purchased (1/2 of lifetime price each) to gain the lifetime sub.

I won’t be buying it, but, just a little suggestion for you as I have heard from owners of the game they are not happy not having lifetime sub.

if people are upset about not having a lifetime sub now, just wait until they’ve paid enough sub fees to cover the cost of a lifetime sub and they’re still having to pay.

that’s when people will really get upset.

This game must be bombing hard with all these offers so soon. Yet you still do not offfer PS3 the best offer… the lifetime sub that PC gets.

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@blankedboy
Why lie? Your ‘bomb’ claims are easily disproven by the same site you misquote:
http://ps3.ign.com/articles/114/1145646p1.html

Joystiq doesn’t know any better or worse than vgchartz, and vgchartz has the PS3 version already over 300,000 http://gamrreview.vgchartz.com/sales/24662/dc-universe-online/ .

Those are great numbers for a new IP launch, let alone one with a subscription. It did better than Mass Effect 2.

i really wanted to play this game, however due to the insanely high pricing for Australian subscriptions I will not be buying. at all. Kotaku Australia has given Sony plenty of opportunities to explain to Australians why we are paying so much more and we have been only given laughable responses.

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Paradron_Bomb @17 note sure how you got I was lying in my post?

The IGN article I referenced (not quoted, there’s a difference) is regular marketing blurb to deflect from the game failing to get a big install base on PS3. “Fastest Selling” means precisely nothing in these terms, sales and, more importantly in the long run, subscriptions are the two key figures.

The tell is that in a PS3 related article they shift the emphasis onto hitting the #1 spot on Steam (which obviously only relates to the PC). They then let you infer that the PS3 launch is a success by stating that the title is selling more on the PS3 (52% against 48%) despite the fact sales on PC games are far lower than on consoles.

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As it stands the figures that you quoted (not referenced) under cut your own argument. 300,000 sales for the title is an absolute disaster for SOE/DC.

Compare it to Namco Bandai’s Enslaved, another recently launched new IP that was classed as a failure. It was hoped that Enslaved would sell in the region of around a million units, but it has been announced as only achieving 460,000 in sales, which puts the plans for a sequel in doubt. And they sold 160,000 units MORE than DCUO.

DCUO has been in development for 5 years and has an estimated cost of $50 million dollars. Not only do they need high sales but they crucially need high retention rates, turning initial purchasers into ongoing subscribers in order to guarantee an ongoing revenue stream for the title and cover the huge development and infrastructure costs.

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With 300,000 in sales and a take up rate of around 30% of those purchasers becoming subscribers (which is around average for MMO’s) that gives Sony way less income than they need to class the game as a success, hence the slashing of the over-priced subscriptions fees.

An average Metacritic score (67/100) hasn’t helped things either.

Look there’s a really easy way to solve this argument and prove who’s right or wrong, Elliott just needs to post the sales and subscribers stats on here. Because of the online nature of the game Sony should have amazingly accurate stats on how many people bought the game and the percentage of those purchasers who turned into subscribers. Hell, XFire can track the number of PC players online (it’s currently 209 if you want to know) so Sony should be able to do more than that.

Eliott posts the stats and if I’m wrong I’ll publicly apologize and eat my words, can’t be simpler than that, can it?

SpiderMike_X 01 March, 2011 @ 17:45
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Or you can source IGN, Joystoq and whatever other fanzine you care to namedrop and lets see where they got THEIR numbers from. I don’t think SoE need to justify any exchanges to the subscription plan. Every time I log in, it’s packed with people playing on every server, and that’s just in this region on this platform.

These changed to the subs are a gesture. Not an admission of failure. As I said the first time the legend offer was put up, people pi**ed and moaned about the subbing being too high, SoE lower it and now that means it’s a failure?? There’s no pleasing some people.

And to those wittering on about the lifetime sub week in and week out. It’ll never come to consoles, even if the wallet restrictions weren’t in play. SoE stand to gain more revenue from a console orientated audience based on two things. The social nature of a console, as opposed to a PC and the fact everyone accesses and buys so much tat off of the store SoE must have looked at the 500 million pieces of DLC t...

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Or you can source IGN, Joystoq and whatever other fanzine you care to namedrop and lets see where they got THEIR numbers from. I don’t think SoE need to justify any exchanges to the subscription plan. Every time I log in, it’s packed with people playing on every server, and that’s just in this region on this platform.

These changed to the subs are a gesture. Not an admission of failure. As I said the first time the legend offer was put up, people pi**ed and moaned about the subbing being too high, SoE lower it and now that means it’s a failure?? There’s no pleasing some people.

And to those wittering on about the lifetime sub week in and week out. It’ll never come to consoles, even if the wallet restrictions weren’t in play. SoE stand to gain more revenue from a console orientated audience based on two things. The social nature of a console, as opposed to a PC and the fact everyone accesses and buys so much tat off of the store SoE must have looked at the 500 million pieces of DLC taken from the store since it’s opening and come to the same conclusion Sony has. It’s a cash cow.

SpiderMike_X 01 March, 2011 @ 17:48
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And lets not forget that this is a business. Sure, the community friendly mods and bods are here to answer questions and pander to your every bleating desire but the people in suits who actually decide what comes and goes are in the business of making money to justify to the shareholders that their product is worth investing in.

Like it or hate it, Sony will make money hand over fist from some areas and more money from others. For every person that has succumbed to P2P thanks to DCUO, there is a greater proportion of those who do pretty much the same thing in Home AND pay for the extras. In fact there are more people doing that than on DCUO. And Home stores are updated weekly!

The only difference is that the world is free. But what a drab, disorganise and troll filled world that is.

Like it or hate it. DCUO is up, running and successful. How you rate success depends on whether you pay attention to sites that are paid to blog or actually diving in and seeing for yourself. I know whic...

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And lets not forget that this is a business. Sure, the community friendly mods and bods are here to answer questions and pander to your every bleating desire but the people in suits who actually decide what comes and goes are in the business of making money to justify to the shareholders that their product is worth investing in.

Like it or hate it, Sony will make money hand over fist from some areas and more money from others. For every person that has succumbed to P2P thanks to DCUO, there is a greater proportion of those who do pretty much the same thing in Home AND pay for the extras. In fact there are more people doing that than on DCUO. And Home stores are updated weekly!

The only difference is that the world is free. But what a drab, disorganise and troll filled world that is.

Like it or hate it. DCUO is up, running and successful. How you rate success depends on whether you pay attention to sites that are paid to blog or actually diving in and seeing for yourself. I know which I’d prefer.

^^ Here here!!

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I know this is completely of topic but when are you guys gonna update the PS3 internet browser. Youtube search button does not work and Facebook is practically useless nothing shows on the pages except for my profile pic and photos. I dnt have a PC of my own so use the PS3 browser alot. please update ASAP Sony!!!!!

richyroo2004 06 March, 2011 @ 11:42
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If the base game was £20 to buy, I would be inclined to give it a try and would probably subscribe for a while.

However, £40 is a big risk because if I dont like it, I will only get a months play out of it before my copy is useless to me and averyone else.

Sony could really increase uptake by decreasing the cost of the retail game.

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