Sony Online Entertainment’s DC Universe Online now supports microtransactions via an in-game marketplace.
Convincing MMO players to splash their cash on in-game items seems to be becoming the vogue thing to do, and Sony Online Entertainment’s superhero MMO DC Universe Online is now jumping on the money-milking bandwagon by introducing an in-game marketplace.
More and more MMOs are adopting a free-to-play model (and not just MMOs – a little game called Team Fortress 2 went free-to-play last week), with Lord of the Rings Online, City of Heroes and Champions Online all taking the plunge. Microtransactions do not mean DC Universe Online will definitely be going free-to-play, but it does hint at the possibility of a move in the future.
Although it sounds like an easy way to generate some more revenue, this is not always the case as players proved when plans to introduce microtransactions to EVE Online were leaked. Players revolted, and it is thought the revolts could cost CCP around $1 million in lost subscription fees.