Red Giant says they are releasing 50 new free and premium tools as part of Universe, but prior to release did not specify how many of them are free. Universe’s Premium option provides access to more tools as well as existing Red Giant tools that will be ported to Universe, including Knoll Light Factory EZ, Holomatrix, Retrograde, and ToonIt. Taking a leaf from Adobe’s book, Red Giant is offering subscriptions of $10 a month, and $99 yearly, but they are also offering a $399 lifetime subscription.
Big announcement from Red Giant last week, that looks very interesting. I'm going to take a guess that a switch to the subscription model by Red Giant won't raise nearly the same (any?) vocal outcry that Adobe received for its switch to the same model a year ago (see here, here, here, here, or here).