Grab your cape and defend Millennium City in this comic book-style action MMORPG! Design your hero and costume from thousands of costume pieces, face super-villains like Dr. Destroyer, and create your own unique nemesis.
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Release Date: Sep 1, 2009

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April 16

Champions Online Returning to Cryptic Studios in Los Gatos, California

Posted on behalf of Randy Mosiondz:

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Greetings, Champions!

My name is Randy Mosiondz, a Senior Game Designer at Cryptic Studios. I have some exciting news: Champions Online is returning to its original development studio in Los Gatos, California, and I’ll be heading up the game design team!

I’d like to thank the team at Cryptic North for their excellent work on Champions while it was in our Seattle office, especially Tom Atkinson-Edwards, Russell Williams, and Raymond Wood. They’ve added some memorable moments to the game, including the Fatal Err0r and Steel Crusade story arcs. They’ll still be helping us out in part with planning of new content.



I’m bringing to the development team over 10 years of development experience at Cryptic Studios. I was a Mission Designer on City of Heroes, the original Lead Designer of Champions Online at launch, and most recently Content Lead and Loremaster of the popular Neverwinter game (now available on both PC and Xbox One!)

I and the other developers here at Cryptic Studios are looking forward to creating great new things. We’ve already started work on some new costumes including the Variable Robot set and Steel Arachnid set from the earlier fan-submitted costume contest, and planning new content updates.



Stay tuned for more details! As we continue development on Champions, we’ll be sure to let you know what’s going on.

- Randy "Arkayne" Mosiondz

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February 12

Valentine's Bonus XP, Flashback Event, and Key Sale

Can you feel that spark in the air, the one that makes all your senses tingle? That's bonus XP! We're going to be celebrating Valentine's Day with bonus XP, starting Friday, plus old lockboxes will be dropping and keys will be discounted.

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Double XP will be active starting Friday. Talk to Witchcraft by the Powerhouse to get the buff, then refresh it at any time!

Start: Friday 2/13/15 @ 12:01 PM PST
End: Monday 2/16/15 @ 11:59 AM PST
More details: http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/champions-online/news/detail/9065393

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All weekend is a bonus ZEN weekend: Every time you charge ZEN, you'll get 15%!

Start: 2/12/15 @ 9AM PST
End: 2/15/15 @ 9AM PST
More details: http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/champions-online/news/detail/9065643

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For the next eleven days, lockbox keys are discounted 20%! Combines well with the Timewarp and bonus ZEN, doesn't it? :D

Individual keys are just 80 ZEN, the ten-pack is 720 ZEN.

Start: 2/12/15 @ 7AM PST
End: 2/23/15 @ 7AM PST
More details: http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/champions-online/news/detail/9065703

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We want you to have even more options of what to use your Keys on, so we've brought back the Flashback event and Timewarp Lockbox. For one week only, all the old lockboxes will be dropping, alongside the current Krampus lockbox. Some of the oldest boxes have had their prizes aggregated into the Timewarp Lockbox.

Can't wait to get your boxes? All but the Timewarp Lockbox are in the Q-Store!

Flashback event start: 2/12/2015 @ 7AM PST
Flashback event end: 2/19/2015 @ 7AM PST
More info: http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/champions-online/news/detail/9065693

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All of these promotions are limited-time, so make sure to get yours this weekend!

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About This Game

Champions Online: Free for All brings epic heroism back to the MMORPG genre with depth that challenges the most experienced online gamers, while its fast-paced action engages new entrants to the online superhero universe. Join Defender and the legendary Champions to stop Dr. Destroyer and his minions in the ultimate showdown between good and evil.

Key features:

  • Free-to-Play: Play a triple-A MMO experience without cost. Play from level 1 to 40 free of charge! There is no box price and no mandatory subscription. Enjoy Champions Online: Free for All as you like, when you like.
  • Total Customization: Choose from thousands of different costume pieces, colors and body types to create your character's one-of-a-kind look. There are billions of possible combinations, and even in a universe brimming with the fantastic and the unforgettable, you can be completely unique!
  • Keep Your Enemies Close: Every hero must have an archenemy. Design your character's supreme adversary, choosing a name, powers and costume for a superpowered foe to bedevil your hero throughout his or her career.
  • Endless Exploration: The battle against evil rages across the world and into alternate dimensions. No other MMO offers players the chance to explore such diverse realms — from the shining skyscrapers of Millennium City and the frozen wastes of Canada to the hidden underwater city of Lemuria, the foul mystical dimension known as Qliphothic, and the tormented Vibora Bay.
  • Evil Most Foul: Battle supervillains, aliens, giant monsters and secret, sinister organizations. Doctor Destroyer is launching new plans to conquer the world. VIPER lurks in the shadows, seeking chances to strike at humanity. The ancient Lemurians are plotting a return to power. And Mechanon won't stop until it has wiped all organic life from the planet. Can you stop these heinous threats to humanity?
  • Hi-Octane Excitement: Combat is instantaneous and electrifying. No more boring auto attacks and lengthy recharge times.
  • Brains Required: Every enemy and super-powered threat in Champions Online: Free for All has its own unique abilities and combat specialties. Use your head or wind up dead!
  • Bring Friends, Make Friends: Our universe is jam-packed with thousands of heroes, facing thousands of threats. Join up with other heroes, create your own super group, and prepare to take on the ultimate threats!
  • Your Powers, Your Terms: There is a multitude of astonishing powers to choose from and the flexible character creation system gives you total control over your hero's abilities. You can even pick the appearance of your powers. Do you want purple force fields? Green fire blasts? Jet black claws? You decide!
  • Bigger and Better: Vanquish evil and your successes will be rewarded with costume pieces to enhance your powers and abilities. Then customize the appearance of those rewards to your vision of your hero's look and abilities!
  • Make Your Mark: All this within a constantly changing, continually evolving story: Villains are defeated. Heroes rise and fall. Cities transform. Your actions may decide the future!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.5GHz Single Core or 1.8GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 7800 / ATI Radeon X700 or HD / Intel Graphics with Dual Core
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5GB Free Disk Space
    • Sound: DirectX Compatible Soundcard
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: 2GHz Dual Core or Better
    • Memory: 2GB RAM or Better
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or Better / ATI Radeon HD3850 or Better
    • DirectX®: ®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5GB Free Disk Space
    • Sound: DirectX Compatible Soundcard
Helpful customer reviews
98 of 121 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Unable to use a character i made 2 years ago because its archtype is Inventor and costume consists of parts i PAID for.

SO basically they wont let me use my character untill i pay them for stuff ive already paid for.......

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62 of 70 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5,306.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Okay, so, Champions Online. This is gonna be a biggie...

*TL;DR - Buyer beware!*

Most people will say that the character creator is the highlight of this game -- and they'd be right. The character creator is one of the highest points this game achieves, and it achieves it in style.

...However, don't expect to make anything particularly awesome without first dropping real cash on this thing. Costume sets are quite overpriced, too, sometimes requiring the user to spend up to $10 for a single set (mind you, each set doesn't contain that many costume pieces to begin with). Being under the F2P model, you can expect the game to nickel and dime you, but ever since the takeover from Perfect World Entertainment, they've really gone overboard with the microtransactions, all while the devs have simply stopped caring about the game as a whole.

There's no ambition to be had; anything cool you see upon booting up the game was very likely put there years ago, when the game was in its prime, under the guidance of developers with the drive to make a legitimately good game. The ambition once had by the development team has since dwindled to nothing. As a result, content is largely stagnant. Most of the new content is half-♥♥♥♥♥ shlock they expect you to pay top dollar for, and anything that's halfway decent is shuttered away behind a lockbox which is essentially a big gamble that you have to pay $1 a pop to open -- and believe me, it may not sound like much, but that will add up quick.

Beyond the money-maker Perfect World reduced this game to, it's also not that amazing as a game in itself. Sure, the gameplay can be deceptively nice at first, and may even feel like it has great variety -- and in some aspects, it does. But like everything in this game, it seems to only get worse as time goes on, and you'll find yourself fighting the same classes of reskinned, repurposed bad guys over and over again, doing the same types of objectives passing off as something more interesting, all while running around in relatively uninteresting, mundane locales that only have the passing resemblance to something with inspiration put into them.

You can also largely forget about questing, because an expansion introduced a while back basically made it redundant to do so. Instead of adventuring through the game and leveling your character up through time, dedication, and some approximation of hard work, you can instead just queue yourself up for one of the many "alerts" in the game that takes you and four other players to a self-contained instance to fight a boss and get an easy XP or monetary reward. Rinse, repeat, ad nauseam.

The graphics themselves can be summed up in one word: "Meh". They're not bad, but they're not exactly that great, either. On high settings, the visuals can look crisp and well-defined, with pleasing particle effects scattered about to whet your appetite. But the keen eye will notice that the art design is all over the place. This game has a BIG problem with artistic cohesion: you'll often find high-poly models with highly detailed textures in one place, and as little as five feet away will run into a very low-poly, blurry-textured mess of a model right next to it. It can't decide if it wants to look like a PS3 game or a PS2 game, and can be very distracting.

Furthermore, the actual work put into the environments is lazy at best. There's misaligned and missing textures all over the place, spots where you can see straight through the level, and even simply disgusting corner-cutting measures that one can only assume the developers thought nobody would notice, such as entire buildings being misplaced and left out in the middle of the street, or pieces of level geometry hanging a full meter away from where they're supposed to be placed.

The community is also quite lackluster. The overall population of the game is low at best, so I don't know where they're getting this "thousands of heroes" figure from on the bullet points. Maybe Cryptic means in terms of individual characters created and stored in the database, not even taking into account whether they're still active or not. Anywho, the PvP community is -- as you'd expect -- largely full of pompous blowhards that gloat over their ability to break this game's move sets or exploit some failure of the lackadaisical developers. On the other hand, the roleplay community is largely full of ERP'ers looking to get a quick fix off similarly horny players, all while roaming the one populated RP zone in scantily clad, large-chested women.

In terms of the general "I'm just here to level" player, I can't really complain there. They usually don't say much unless they want to sell an item in zone, or party up to do an alert.

All in all, I'd say avoid this one, unless you REALLY want to make some characters, like being begged by desperate devs to spend cash, or don't have much else better to do, such is the case for me.
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2,288.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
My lord, this game is painful. It's clear the devs don't care about it at all. Very little in the way of support other than lockboxes and C-Store (in-game microtransaction store) purchases.

Glaring issues from when the game first launched persist. Unfair deaths abound, whether you clipped through the floor to your death, enemies stuck behind walls and other obstructions, or the server lagging out (Which it does often.) there's something for everyone.

The community is pretty much the same as any MMO. You've got your PVP-♥♥♥♥♥s, Zone chat trolls, ERP'ers and occasional pockets of decent people.

On a more positive note, the character creation is amazing. If you can think it, you can make it. You've got your manditory capes and cowls, spandex and disproportionate muscle-men and women. But it goes deeper. I've seen near-perfect recreations of characters not even part of the superhero genre in-game. You want to be Cloud Strife? Go for it. You want to be a super-powered President Obama? Nothings stopping you. It's really the highlight of the whole thing, and why I continue to stomach it.

I can't honestly recommend Champions to anyone looking for a decent game with a Superhero theme. It's really just a glorified fashion show/chat room. The actual "game" is a buggy mess and not for the easily frustrated. If you're looking to play out your superhero comic fantasy, look somewhere else.
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27 of 34 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
142.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
City of Heroes was and still is my favorite MMOs of all time. CoH died a much to early death, leaving this MMO in its place.

Champions Online is a very good MMO, with some problems. But nothing to keep you from playing. The gameplay itself doesnt bring anything *too* new to the table but it isnt your run of the mill, stand and shoot spells at each other MMO. It has a interesting combat system. You have a power that constantly building your energy (or mana for those fantasy mmo players) which you can then turn around and spend that energy on more powerful attacks. The Alerts (or dungeons) are nice and action packed. The missions can be very dull and stale sometimes, but that goes with any grind. The Nemesis system is a nice addition in which you can create your own archnemesis to fight. Problem is that the nemesis system leaves much to be desired.

The character creator is fantastic and you could spend hours perfecting the look of your hero.

The FTP model isnt the worst, but once you experience a freeform hero and the subscription privilages. You wont ever want to go free to play (or silver as they call it) again.
I would suggest subbing to this MMO, but give it a try before hand.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
771.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Stupid Company gouges players and leaves game on life support while luring in stupid people who throw stupid amounts of money for stupid expensive costume peices.

Forget playing if you aren't subbed. Might as well bend over and give them your money if you want to be able to do anything.

Stupid game. Made by people who don't give a ♥♥♥♥ about quality or fun.

FYI the RP community is pretty ♥♥♥♥ too.
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