Sony’s approach with two upcoming free-to-play PlayStation 4 MMOs is to keep them… free. Both PlanetSide 2 and DC Universe will not require a subscription to PlayStation Plus.
With PlayStation 4, Sony is following Microsoft, turning PSN into a multiplayer pay wall with a $50 fee per year. By comparison, Microsoft has chosen to lock free-to-play games behind Xbox Live. Games such as Happy Wars and Doritos Crash Course 2 are inaccessible with Silver.
Sony’s policy does not extend to these two MMOs alone. Says SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida to Polygon:
“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…”
Future titles to use this feature include Blacklight Retribution and Warframe.
Note DC Universe carries cross-play with PlayStation 3.