Sony: Publishers Determine if PS Plus is Required for Free-to-Play games

During Sony’s E3 press event, the company confirmed that online multiplayer gaming will require users to have PlayStation Plus.

PlayStation Plus subscription cost varies from:

  • $9.99 for a month
  • $17.99 for 3 months
  • $49.99 for a year

Sony confirmed to Polygon today, the two free-to-play MMOs ‘DC Universe Online’ and ‘PlanetSide 2’ will not need a PlayStation Plus subscription to play them.

Creative Director of DC Universe Online Jens Anderson was interviewed during E3 where he said, “We are a free-to-play game; you do not have to pay for PlayStation Plus to play [DC Universe Online].”


November 2011 was when DC Universe came to be a free-to-play title and the company recently announced that they made it possible to where PS3 and PS4 owners share servers, so friends can still play together regardless of their consoles.  The plans will be the same for PlanetSide 2 players as well, and both of those games will definitely be available this year.

Developers are making it possible for the PS4 to use a keyboard and mouse on the PlanetSide 2 game. Sony is figuring out ways to transfer leveled up characters from the PC to the PS4, due to the content being the same.

Sony Computer Entertainment President Shuhei Yoshida states, “As far as free-to-play games are concerned, it’s a publisher’s decision whether they put it inside or outside of the PlayStation Plus requirements.”

Blacklight: Retribution and Warframe are two other free-to-play titles that will not require PlayStation Plus for the PS4 to play.

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