This week, Sony Online Entertainment's John Smedley announced that DC Universe Online will soon make the transition to a hybrid freemium payment model. That makes it the last of the "AAA" superhero titles to go free-to-play -- in fact, City of Heroes flipped a similar switch this very weekend, inviting former players back to preview the F2P conversion Freedom before it launches officially.
(Oh and there might have been an announcement about an obscure little indie MMO that's coming out on December 20th, but we're sure you don't want to hear about that.)
Don your capes and fly past the break for a look at this week's other top MMO stories.
SWTOR: Release date announced, launch questions answered, Wall of Crazy, companion video, testing and post-release content, guild alignment, and the agonizing wait for the launch date
SWTOR's hype machine kept the fun coming.
Massively Exclusive: World of Darkness interview
We checked in with CCP's upcoming vampire thriller.
CCP to EVE players: Unprecedented development refocusing in the works
CCP promised dramatic changes for fans of internet spaceships.
The Soapbox: How raiding turns you into a horrible person
Eliot explained how raid content brings out the worst in us.
ArcheAge's Jake Song on consensual PvP, inflation
We interviewed AA's lead designer about his much-anticipated sandbox MMO.
RIFT veteran rewards coming; Hal Hanlin and Scott Hartsman on Update 1.5
We got the scoop on RIFT's new patch from Trion's devs.
Online gamers solve microbiology puzzle, contribute to anti-HIV solutions
Who says gaming is a fruitless pastime?
Wings Over Atreia: Aion anniversary, take two
Aion celebrated its second birthday.
Dan Stahl leaving Cryptic, Star Trek Online; Preparing for launch (and farewells)
STO lost its commanding officer on the eve of its F2P conversion.
Bethesda fails to block Fallout MMO progress, again
The war between Bethesda and Interplay raged on.
MMObility: Illyriad devs shine light on HTML5
Industry vets mused on the future of HTML5 and MMO gaming.
Pando Networks trumpets global download data
Download speed tracking data named South Korea the victor.