Sony Online Entertainment is doing something sort of special this holiday season for the DC Universe Online crowd. To get into the spirit of things -- and hopefully lure in some more paying subbers -- SOE is offering DCUO players 30 days of non-recurring Legendary Membership.
The special month-long membership is automatically applied, so you don't have to actively redeem the offer. Not a bad deal, since it is free, but there's also a catch; to be eligible, you need to have been a paid subscriber within the last two years, either on PC or PS3.
That's right, the temporary Legendary Membership applies to former subscribers only. More specifically, you had to have paid a full billing cycle at some point between January 11, 2011, and December 10, 2012, to qualify for the holiday trial. Players who do quality have until January 16, 2013, to enjoy their full privileges.
So that's not too bad, assuming you are (A) a former subscriber and (B) actually interested in DCUO. In addition to this conditional Legendary giveaway, anyone with an active Legendary account will be given a non-tradable "special 25th Century Communicator battle companion."