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The majority of DC Universe players play the game on the Playstation 3. To be more precise, the amount of players that connect to the PS3 for DC Universe is seventy percent.
Free-to-Play on Playstation 3 is huge, it’s always been huge. I honestly never thought an MMO would ever be on a console nor did I think the majority of the players would be playing on that console.
“free-to-play on PlayStation 3 is huge”, Sony Europe boss John Smedley claimed.
“Right now, it’s us with DCUO and Free Realms and our friends at CCP with Dust 514 that are going to prove that this market really works,” Smedley told Eurogamer sister site GamesIndustry.
“There’s a lot of people that go through that store and it’s so easy to find and download these games that it’s a great business model. A lot of people have already stored their credit card information so it’s very frictionless if they do want to buy something.
“It’s a business model of the future.”
Sony was at first reluctant to take on the free-to-play gaming brand, Smedley explained. The blazing success of DC Universe Online has helped to silent the critics on that though.
“I admit there was a mindset where when you use the word ‘free’ people pause. ‘Wait a minute, what do you mean by free?’ But even then people want to see the results. With DC Universe Online the split that we’re seeing ended the debate right there.”
“When another MMO launches we track very carefully how many players we lose to it. We can tell when the bad ones come out because they might have a lot of hype up front and we lose players for a couple of days, but they come right back so we immediately know if something is not good.
“Then again with a game like Diablo 3 we’ll see them go away for weeks,” Smedley concluded. “I was one of them! It’s right in front of us when that happens.”
This is great news for Sony and consoles all together. I’m sure with this proving to work well, we’re going to be seeing more MMO’s designed for consoles specifically.