DC Universe has had a troubled launch in Australia - mainly due to the costs of local subscriptions. Instead of charging users a flat US fee, and letting the exchange rate take care of the rest, DC Universe has a flat Australian dollar figure - and we're paying more than the rest of the world. Thankfully Sony has responded to the DC Universe community in the form of a statement released today.
Below is Sony's official response...
"While SOE have no price change to announce currently, we have recently commenced a promotion for the 3-month PC and PS3 subscriptions reducing the price for a period from AU $54.95 to AU $39.95. This is in addition to the 30 day trial offered at purchase. We will continue to review this structure as we expand."
DC Universe Community Manager Tony 'RadarX' Jones expanded on the announcment.
What does that mean? There are no plans to change the subscription rates for DCUO in the very immediate future. This is all the information I can provide you at this time. I'm also closing the thread because this is as much information as we can provide right now. The feedback you are presenting is valuable but we are very cognoscente of the Australian community opinion and these threads end up devolving very quickly to political discussion and bickering.
My goal is to focus everyone back on to gameplay which is something we can directly and more immediately affect. We appreciate everyone’s support and understanding and hope to see that continued in the future. The Legend Promotion is a great deal and I would encourage each of you to take a look at it. If you have any questions regarding this please feel free to PM me and I'll be more than happy to discuss it but this is the end of the road for this issue. If there are further updates I will be more than happy to discuss them.
It's good to see that Sony are at least responding to Australian concerns about price - and good to see that they have provided some sort of discount, even if it is only for a specified period of time. This might not be enough for some DC Universe players, however, as Sony still hasn't necessarily responded as to why Australian consumers are being asked to pay more for a product that is distributed digitally.
More as we get it.