If none of the titles we mentioned in our free to play game roundup tickles your fancy, you’re clearly a picky gamer – there’s 25 totally free titles to choose from, after all. But let’s say that you’re less of a freeloading Team Fortress 2 kinda gamer and more of, say, a freeloading DC Universe Online kinda gamer. You’re out of luck right now, because DC Universe Online is only available to paying customers. That’s changing soon, though – Sony’s introducing a free, if somewhat hobbled, subscription option on November 1st.
We're expectantly awaiting the day when a developer fires off a press release about how it's choosing to not embrace free-to-play and make festive hats from its formidable riches. “We just... we really don't need that much money,” it'll read. “We put a lot of effort into this game and all, but our bank people are kind of mean and we have a headache.” That day, however, is not today. Instead, SOE has decided to dress DC Universe in its finest outside underwear and trot it out to the free-to-play market.
We would say this is getting ridiculous, but it crashed right through ridiculous a long time ago. Traditional adjectives will no longer suffice. See, as it turns out, not only did hackers manage to worm their way into MMO maker SOE's servers, but they Hulk-smashed right through the service's defenses two freaking weeks ago. Oh, and they may have gotten their grubby mitts on 24.6 million accounts' worth of personal info. And when did Sony finally notice? Today. Just let that sink in for a moment, and then click past the break for the none-too-pretty details.