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Champions Online: Free for All
Nov 15, 2010
Shacknews - Xav de Matos
Before the launch of Star Trek Online, Cryptic unveiled a lifetime subscription to its other MMORPG, Champions Online, for a cool $200. Included with the purchase was closed beta access to the Starfleet-endorsed online title, which--presumably--helped entice people to make the jump. Later, the lifetime subscription option disappeared.
Late last week, Crypic reactivated the lifetime subscription option for Champions Online, this time with an asking price of $299. For those of you who loathe maths, that's $99 more.
With the purchase of the lifetime package, users can net a Foxbat action figure--a miniature version of Foxbat to accompany you in-game--new costume sets, eight character slots, access to the VIP room, an exclusive costume piece, "Vanguard" perk and title, and "more."
As a regular Champions Online subscription runs players $14.99 per month, the lifetime subscription is equal to almost two years worth of monthly payments. However, in 2011, Champions Online is set to launch a free-to-play option.
Although the free option is limited, it does give players the ability to fight crime in Millennium City at rock-bottom, recession prices, and guarantees players are not infected with the crippling 'Why can't I afford to eat this year?' virus.
With loyal superheroes willing to shell out $300 for a subscription, it's no wonder Atari's online division did so well in the first-half of the year.
Oct 26, 2010
Shacknews - Alice O'Connor
Cryptic's superhero MMORPG Champions Online is to launch a feature-limited free-to-play option, executive producer Shannon Posniewski has revealed in the latest 'State of the Game' update, though subscriptions will continue to be offered.
Non-subscribing "Silver Players" won't be able to fully customise their heroes with super-powers of their choosing, instead being granted a pre-defined powerset from a chosen "archetype." They'll also have restrictions on inventory, bank and marketplace space as well as in-game messaging
Sep 1, 2010
Shacknews - Alice O'Connor
To celebrate the first anniversary of Cryptic Studios' superhero MMORPG Champions Online, a free trial week begins today for costume aficionados and the fly-curious. It'll kick off at 10am Pacific today then run until 10am Pacific on September 7.
However, it's been a bit of a bumpy year for Champions Online. While the MMORPG passed the one million characters mark--note that this is not accounts--in October 2009, its oft-delayed Xbox 360 edition was cancelled. It also suffered the blow of design director and executive producer Bill Roper leaving Cryptic last month.