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Champions Online Features

Latest Feature for Champions Online

  • Patrolling Champions Online

    Every good game deserves a plethora of players coming in to tour the game and, hopefully, be sold enough to stay awhile. In today's The Tourist column, we take a look at Champions Online. Check it out and then let us know what you think in the comments.

    Posted on 03/15/2013 by Christopher Coke
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More Recent Features

  • On Alert Update Interview

    The Champions Online team is ready to unleash the PR dogs with the recent announcement of the On Alert! update which is, by all accounts, supposed to be HUGE. We caught up with Rob Overmeyer to ask him a few questions about On Alert. Keep reading!

    Posted on 04/16/2012 by Garrett Fuller
  • Noob Time with Ripper X

    In his latest overview / introductory video for MMORPG.com, Ripper X has donned his tights, strapped on his cape, put on a double D bra and swept into the world of Champions Online. Check out Ripper's first heroic feats in CO and then weigh in with your experiences in the comments.

    Posted on 09/21/2011 by Ripper X
  • Five MMOs Worth a Second Look

    In The List this week, MMORPG.com Managing Editor takes a look at five games that really deserve more attention from MMO fans. The list is both nostalgic and perhaps just a bit controversial. See if you agree with Bill's choices of MMOs that deserve our attention, then leave us a couple thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 09/06/2011 by William Murphy
  • Friday Fights: Champions Online vs City of Heroes

    It's been awhile since we've seen two worthy heroes enter our own MMORPG.com battle ring but we have a new bout scheduled for today courtesy of promoter Adam Tingle. In the red corner is City of Heroes. In the blue corner, we have Champions Online. See how Adam Tingle called the match in Friday Fights: Champions Online vs City of Heroes. Got an opinion? Be sure to share it in the comments below.

    Posted on 08/19/2011 by Adam Tingle
  • The Top 10 MMOs of 2012 - Revisited

    Back in 2009, our own Jon Wood took a look at the ten games he thought would be dominating the market in 2012. This week, we take a look at Jon's list and find out whether his predictions are on track or a bust.

    Posted on 08/15/2011 by William Murphy
  • Free To Play Steams Forward

    In today's Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the recent announcement that Steam would be prominently featuring free to play titles in its catalog of games. Richard has a few thoughts about this announcements and its repercussions for the industry. He's also got a few other nuggets of information to share so keep reading!

    Posted on 06/21/2011 by Richard Aihoshi
  • Will Cryptic Prove a Bargain?

    In today's Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the recent purchase of Cryptic Studios by Perfect World Entertainment. Surprised by the relatively 'bargain' cost for Cryptic Studios (~$35 million USD), Richard wonders how this new partnership will go. In addition, Richard has a few other tidbits he's gleaned from around the 'Net. Check out The Free Zone.

    Posted on 06/13/2011 by Richard Aihoshi
  • Cryptic's Future Unclear

    In today's Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the big news out of last week, namely the placement of Cryptic Studios on the auction block by publishing giant, Atari. Richard has a few thoughts to share on the future of Cryptic Studios. Check it out!

    Posted on 05/23/2011 by Richard Aihoshi
  • A Sub-Genre?

    In the MMO-universe, there is an ever-growing library of games that neither fit the traditional MMORPG genre, nor do they fit into the "normal" subscription-based game. In today's column, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy takes a look at today's MMOGs and ponders the expanding number of sub-genres. Let us know what you think in the comments.

    Posted on 04/21/2011 by William Murphy

Editorial

  • Cryptic in 2010

    MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller speculates about the year ahead of Cryptic Studios and brings to light an interesting "In Development" piece of concept art that many of us may have forgotten about.

    Posted on 12/22/2009 by Garrett Fuller

Previews

Interviews

  • On Alert Update Interview

    The Champions Online team is ready to unleash the PR dogs with the recent announcement of the On Alert! update which is, by all accounts, supposed to be HUGE. We caught up with Rob Overmeyer to ask him a few questions about On Alert. Keep reading!

    Posted on 04/16/2012 by Garrett Fuller
  • Free for All Launch Interview

    Yesterday was a banner day for Cryptic Studios, Atari and the Champions Online development team with the debut of the game's Free For All version. To celebrate the event, MMORPG.com Community Manager Michael Bitton sat down with Champions Online Executive Producer Shannon Posniewski. They chatted up the Free For All Champions within hours of its official release. Check it out and then weigh in on the conversation in the comments below.

    Posted on 01/26/2011 by Michael Bitton
  • Jack Emmert on Neverwinter & the Cryptic’s New Philosophy

    MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller had the chance to sit down with Cryptic Studios head Jack Emmert. The discussion started with questions and information about the just-announced Neverwinter, a cooperative online RPG being developed by Cryptic. Emmert is out to prove that Cryptic has a new philosophy and is more than up to the task. Read Garrett's very candid interview with Jack Emmert and see what you think.

    Posted on 08/24/2010 by Garrett Fuller
  • Cryptic Studios - Bill Roper Interview

    MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller recently interviewed Cryptic's Bill roper about Star Trek Online, Champions and the future for Cryptic Studios.

    Posted on 05/04/2010 by Garrett Fuller
  • Revelation Interview

    MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller recently spoke with Champions Online's Bill Roper about the upcoming free expansion, Revelation.

    Posted on 02/22/2010 by Garrett Fuller
  • Progress Since Launch Interview

    Champions Online has withstood a fair amount of criticism since its launch. Recently, MMORPG.com's Jon Wood spoke with Cryptic's Bill Roper about the game, its future, and the criticisms that it has weathered.

    Posted on 12/11/2009 by Jon Wood
  • Bill Roper Interview

    MMORPG.com's Dana Massey recently traveled to the Cryptic Studios offices and spoke with Champions Online's Bill Roper about the game, its launch and its future direction.

    Posted on 12/07/2009 by Dana Massey
  • Bill Roper on Blood Moon

    MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller had a chance recently to ask some questions of Champions Online Executive Producer Bill Roper about the upcoming Blood Moon event and the general future of the super-hero game.

    Posted on 10/19/2009 by Garrett Fuller
  • One Month Out Q&A

    MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller posed five questions to Champions Online Senior Producer Chris Lena about the state of the game as it moves closer and closer to launch. These questions were submitted prior to the beginning of the open beta.

    Posted on 08/18/2009 by Garrett Fuller
  • Exclusive Screenshots

    The team from Cryptic Studios sent along these three exclusive screenshots for our viewing pleasure.

    Posted on 08/12/2009 by MMORPG.com Staff
  • Monster Island Interview

    Cryptic Studios' Bill Roper recently sat down to answer our questions about Champions Online, discussing Monster Island and more!

    Posted on 07/15/2009 by Jon Wood
  • Bill Roper Q&A

    We talk to Design Director Bill Roper of Cryptic Studios about the game's delay, his views on the MMO market after his recent Gamasutra comments and more.

    Posted on 05/29/2009 by Jon Wood
  • Combat Interview

    MMORPG.com's Jon Wood recently caught up with Champions Online Lead Designer Bill Roper to talk about the combat system in Cryptic's upcoming super-hero game.

    Posted on 01/30/2009 by Jon Wood
  • Interview with Randy Mosiondz

    At Gen Con, MMORPG.com News Manager Keith Cross caught up with Randy Mosiondz from Cryptic Studios to talk about their upcoming superhero MMORPG, Champions Online.

    Posted on 08/29/2008 by Keith Cross
  • Gen Con Interview with Randy Mosiondz

    While attending Gen Con Indy in Indianapolis last week, the MMORPG.com team had the opportunity to sit down and talk to with Randy Mosiondz, the Lead Designer for Champions Online at Cryptic Studios, where they discussed fan response to Champions, design philosophy, and the features that make Champions an upcoming MMO to watch.

    Posted on 08/22/2008 by Richard Cox
  • Interview with Champions Creator

    At a recent press event held by Cryptic Studios, MMORPG.com News Manager keith Cross had a chance to talk to George MacDonald, the co-creator of the original Champions RPG.

    Posted on 07/14/2008 by Keith Cross
  • Interview With Jack Emmert

    Recently, MMORPG.com news Manager Keith Cross visited the Cryptic Studios offices where he spoke with Chief Creative Officer Jack Emmert about the upcoming MMORPG Champions Online.

    Posted on 07/11/2008 by Keith Cross
  • ION Interview with Victor Wachter

    MMORPG.com's Carolyn Koh has been attending the ION conference in Seattle. Her first article is an interview with Cryptic Studios' Community Manager Victor Wachter about their upcoming game, Champions Online.

    Posted on 05/15/2008 by Carolyn Koh

Media

  • Noob Time with Ripper X

    In his latest overview / introductory video for MMORPG.com, Ripper X has donned his tights, strapped on his cape, put on a double D bra and swept into the world of Champions Online. Check out Ripper's first heroic feats in CO and then weigh in with your experiences in the comments.

    Posted on 09/21/2011 by Ripper X
  • Ten New Screenshots

    We've got ten new screenshots of Champions Online, check them out below!

    Posted on 07/22/2009 by Michael Bitton
  • Three New Shots

    Check out these three new shots of Champions Online.

    Posted on 07/15/2009 by Michael Bitton
  • 10 New Screenshots

    Check out this fresh batch of screenshots of Champions Online.

    Posted on 06/23/2009 by Michael Bitton
  • Eight New Screenshots

    Our Champions Online gallery has been updated with eight new screenshots. Check out those dual wielded pistols! Shiny!

    Posted on 06/17/2009 by Michael Bitton
  • Exclusive Screenshots

    The team over at Cryptic Studios has provided us with these three new and exclusive images from their upcoming MMORPG Champions Online.

    Posted on 05/04/2009 by Guest Writer
  • New Champions Online Screens

    Today we present seven new images which have been added to our Champions Online screenshot gallery.

    Posted on 04/02/2009 by Guest Writer
  • New Champions Online Screens

    Today we present five new images which have been added to our Champions Online screenshot gallery.

    Posted on 03/26/2009 by Guest Writer
  • Lemuria Screenshots And Introduction

    Cryptic Studios has released new information and screenshots for Champions Online's underwater realm of Lemuria, where an ancient race of sea dwellers plots the conquest of the world in search of the secret of immortality.

    Posted on 03/12/2009 by Guest Writer
  • Screenshot Update

    To compliment today's overview of Cryptic Studios showing of Champions Online at NY Comic Con, and yesterday's set of new screenshots, we present nine old screenshots that hadn't yet made it into the Champions Online Gallery.

    Posted on 02/12/2009 by Keith Cross
  • Newly Released Screenshots

    Cryptic Studios has released some fresh screenshots to the gaming public, showing off some of the terrains and locations within the game.

    Posted on 02/11/2009 by Guest Writer
  • Combat Screens: Ninja Moves and Cyborg Dinosaurs

    To compliment today's interview with Champions Online Lead Designer Bill Roper, we present five new combat oriented screenshots from the upcoming superhero MMORPG.

    Posted on 01/30/2009 by Keith Cross

Dev Journals

General Article

  • Friday Fights: Champions Online vs City of Heroes

    It's been awhile since we've seen two worthy heroes enter our own MMORPG.com battle ring but we have a new bout scheduled for today courtesy of promoter Adam Tingle. In the red corner is City of Heroes. In the blue corner, we have Champions Online. See how Adam Tingle called the match in Friday Fights: Champions Online vs City of Heroes. Got an opinion? Be sure to share it in the comments below.

    Posted on 08/19/2011 by Adam Tingle
  • The Quiz: P2P to F2P

    With the announcement earlier this week that Champions Online is headed to free to play, MMORPG.com's Drew Wood has put together a quiz to test your knowledge of some of the more recently 'converted' F2Ps on the market. See how you do and then give us a report on the forums!

    Posted on 10/29/2010 by Drew Wood
  • Comparing City of Heroes to Champions Online

    MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy writes this article looking at the two current superhero MMOs side by side and comparing a number of different elements of each.

    Posted on 01/21/2010 by William Murphy
  • Then and Now - Looking Back to Beta

    MMORPG.com Champions Online Reporter C.A. Thomas writes this look at what beta testes feel has changed from beta to today.

    Posted on 01/07/2010 by C.A. Thomas
  • Speculating on What's Next

    MMORPG.com Champions Online Correspondent C.A. Thomas writes this look at a number of different directions that the developers at Cryptic might go in the continuing development of the superhero MMO.

    Posted on 12/01/2009 by C.A. Thomas
  • Five Most Needed Additions

    MMORPG.com's C.A. Thomas writes this list of overall improvements that need to be made to Cryptic's newest superhero MMORPG, Champions Online.

    Posted on 11/16/2009 by C.A. Thomas
  • A Look at Gear

    MMORPG.com Champions Online Correspondent Dana O'Shea writes this look at gear in Cryptic's upcoming superhero MMO.

    Posted on 04/01/2009 by D
  • Where have all the Villains Gone?

    MMORPG.com Champions Online Correspondent Dana O'Shea writes this look at the lack of playable villains in th upcoming game from Cryptic Studios.

    Posted on 03/10/2009 by D
  • More Support of PS3 Rumor

    MMORPG.com has just learned that Cryptic Studios is looking for a PS3 Engine Programmer, lending creedence to the idea that the game might release for not only the announced PC and XBox360, but for the Playstation 3 as well.

    Posted on 03/03/2009 by Jon Wood
  • The Current State of the Game

    Champions Online correspondent Dana O`Shea looks at various sources, from official information to speculation, to report on the current state of this superhero MMORPG under development at Cryptic Studios.

    Posted on 02/25/2009 by Guest Writer
  • Comic Con Overview

    MMORPG.com's Hasani Davis attended last week's New York Comic Con. While there, he had the opportunity to take a look at Cryptic's Champions Online. Today, he offers his observations.

    Posted on 02/12/2009 by Hasani Davis
  • Breaking the Wall

    Cryptic Studios recently posted an article on the Champions Online official site which details how a talented and driven individual can break into the exciting world of game design. Today we're pleased to reproduce the article the article on this site.

    Posted on 04/21/2008 by Guest Writer
  • Ask Cryptic

    On Friday, Cryptic Studios posted another edition of Ask Cryptic, where they answered fan questions about instances, custom powers, and various other Champions Online topics. Today we're pleased to reproduce those questions and answers here.

    Posted on 03/31/2008 by Guest Writer
  • Ask Cryptic: Champions Online

    Recently, the folks at Crptic Studios compiled and answered a series of questions which were posed by Champions Online fans on the Champions Online official forums. Today we reproduce those questions and answers in this non-exclusive look at Champions Online.

    Posted on 03/18/2008 by Guest Writer

Awards

  • 2010 Awards: Biggest News Story

    The month of December has come and gone, taking 2010 with it. Some say good riddance, some look back fondly, but no matter how you slice it, that puppy’s behind us and we’re all moving forward to 2011. For the team here at MMORPG.com, we’ve just got one tiny loose thread to tie up before we officially start the new year: We have to announce the winners of the 2010 MMORPG.com Reader’s Choice Awards! Today we feature our final award, 2010's Biggest News Story.

    Posted on 01/16/2011 by Drew Wood
  • 2010 Awards: Biggest News Story

    In today's round of voting in the 2010 Reader's Choice awards here at MMORPG.com, we invite you to check out this year's biggest new stories and select the one that you believe created the most stir in 2010.

    Posted on 12/07/2010 by Drew Wood

Column

  • Five MMOs Worth a Second Look

    In The List this week, MMORPG.com Managing Editor takes a look at five games that really deserve more attention from MMO fans. The list is both nostalgic and perhaps just a bit controversial. See if you agree with Bill's choices of MMOs that deserve our attention, then leave us a couple thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 09/06/2011 by William Murphy
  • The Top 10 MMOs of 2012 - Revisited

    Back in 2009, our own Jon Wood took a look at the ten games he thought would be dominating the market in 2012. This week, we take a look at Jon's list and find out whether his predictions are on track or a bust.

    Posted on 08/15/2011 by William Murphy
  • Free To Play Steams Forward

    In today's Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the recent announcement that Steam would be prominently featuring free to play titles in its catalog of games. Richard has a few thoughts about this announcements and its repercussions for the industry. He's also got a few other nuggets of information to share so keep reading!

    Posted on 06/21/2011 by Richard Aihoshi
  • Will Cryptic Prove a Bargain?

    In today's Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the recent purchase of Cryptic Studios by Perfect World Entertainment. Surprised by the relatively 'bargain' cost for Cryptic Studios (~$35 million USD), Richard wonders how this new partnership will go. In addition, Richard has a few other tidbits he's gleaned from around the 'Net. Check out The Free Zone.

    Posted on 06/13/2011 by Richard Aihoshi
  • Cryptic's Future Unclear

    In today's Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the big news out of last week, namely the placement of Cryptic Studios on the auction block by publishing giant, Atari. Richard has a few thoughts to share on the future of Cryptic Studios. Check it out!

    Posted on 05/23/2011 by Richard Aihoshi
  • A Sub-Genre?

    In the MMO-universe, there is an ever-growing library of games that neither fit the traditional MMORPG genre, nor do they fit into the "normal" subscription-based game. In today's column, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy takes a look at today's MMOGs and ponders the expanding number of sub-genres. Let us know what you think in the comments.

    Posted on 04/21/2011 by William Murphy
  • Champions FFA & Age of Conan Rumors

    In The Free Zone this week, MMORPG.com columnist, Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the strong numbers that Champions Online has garnered since the Free for All version went live. In addition, Richard has picked up some tendrils of rumor surrounding Age of Conan and a F2P iteration. Read on!

    Posted on 02/21/2011 by Richard Aihoshi
  • Champions Online, F2P & The Governator

    In his latest Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look at two larger than life news items that came across his virtual desk last week: CHampions Online going 'F2P' and The Governator taking on the EMA (Entertainment Merchants' Association). See what Richard thinks of Atari's announcement about Champions Online and whether or not the EMA can successfully challenge California Governor Schwarzenegger. Let us know your thoughts on the forums!

    Posted on 11/01/2010 by Richard Aihoshi
  • The Story of the Week

    In his latest column for MMORPG.com, Managing Editor Jon Wood picks what he believes is The Story of the Week. It was a tough choice to pick only one out of all of the interesting news this week. Both Vindictus and LEGO Universe opened for business and Tribes Universe was announced. But what trumps them all is the revelation that Cryptic Studios and Atari will be taking Champions Online into the free to play realm. Check out Jon's thoughts and then add some of your own on the forum.

    Posted on 10/29/2010 by Jon Wood
  • Five Memorable MMO Baddies

    In today's The List column, MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy takes a fond look back at some of his favorite MMO bad guys. From EVE's Goonswarm to Everquest 2's Curt Schilling, these are the baddies we love to hate. Check out The List and then add a few of your own on our forums.

    Posted on 10/12/2010 by William Murphy
  • Who's Next for F2P?

    MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy has a few ideas for the games he believes might go free to play in The List this week. Some of the games may surprise you to find on The List, others not so much. Either way, the trend for so-called premium games going free to play is now established with DDO, LOTRO, EQ II and PotBS all going that route in the last several months. See if you agree with Bill's assessment of which games might (or should) go free to play. Let us know what you think!

    Posted on 09/21/2010 by William Murphy
  • Space, The Final Farce Here?

    The lead up to Star Trek Online's Beta has been rife with controversy. This week, Jaime Skelton dives into exactly what happened.

    Posted on 11/27/2009 by Jaime Skelton
  • A Superhero's Discontent

    MMORPG.com Columnist Jamie Skelton writes this look at some of the discontent that has been flowing around the Champions Online forums surrounding the game.

    Posted on 10/30/2009 by Jaime Skelton
  • Going Shardless

    MMORPG.com's newest columnist Victor Wachter pens his first column on the shardless server that has been implemented by Cryptic Studios with the launch of their new superhero MMO, Champions Online

    Posted on 10/20/2009 by Victor Wachter
  • Five MMO Sequels

    This week, MMORPG.com's Jon Wood uses the list to count down five MMO sequels, a rare breed for the genre.

    Posted on 09/29/2009 by Jon Wood
  • Five Most Interesting MMOs of 2009

    So far this year, 27 games have launched. Jon runs down the list of the five that - for good or bad - caught his eye so to date.

    Posted on 09/08/2009 by Jon Wood
  • Top 10 Games of 2012

    Jon breaks out his crystal ball and peers three years down the road. Which 10 games will dominate the market then?

    Posted on 08/11/2009 by Jon Wood

At A Glance

  • First Impressions

    Soon after a game's launch, we like to have the game's reviewer offer his first impressions to give players an idea of what they can expect early on. Today, Michael Bitton files his report on Champions Online.

    Posted on 09/14/2009 by Michael Bitton

Guide

  • A Guide to Teaming

    MMORPG.com Champions Online Correspondent C.A. Thomas writes this look at teaming and the roles that are required to do it effectively in Cryptic's new superhero MMO.

    Posted on 11/05/2009 by C.A. Thomas

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