Not only will it be free to download but free to play! After seven years and 20 updates, the MMO will now come in a few new flavors. Here is the breakdown.
There are 3 levels of player status free, premium and VIP.
Free is the basics, Less archetypes, no super groups, no mail, limited chat options and limited auction house functionality.
Premium is any existing players that move over to free. Essentially if you have subscribed before, you get a reward for doing so. You get more chat options, more archetypes, mail use and can join super groups.
VIP is where the mythical expendable income players hang. You pay the fee monthly, you get all the goods. All types, full auction house and form super groups.
Currently it is implied that you can go from premium or free to a VIP and back to premium, unlike other super powered MMO’s that offer free play.
No specific date is yet, just later this year as a launch window for City of Heroes Freedom.