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MMORPG | Setting:Super-Hero | Status:Final  (rel 09/01/09)  | Pub:Atari
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Champions Online News

Latest Headlines for Champions Online

  • Cryptic Offers Communication Olive Branch

    Champions Online players have been disappointed with Cryptic Studios' level of communication in recent months. In the interest of improving communication going forward, Jack "Jackalope" Emmert has taken the time to respond to players' concerns, offering players a bit of an olive branch in asking them what they would like to see from Cryptic as far as communication goes.

    Reported on Feb 02, 2010
  • State of the Game Reveals Adventure Pack

    A new State of the Game address has been published on the official Champions Online website. The letter discusses the "kitchen sink" patch, which is a massive patch including over two months of fixes, ranging from sweeping power balance changes, to items and crafting, as well as much more! The future was also discussed in this latest State of the Game letter, and for fans of Champions Online you can look forward to the game's first "mega-adventure pack" which has been dubbed "Vibora Bay."

    Reported on Jan 27, 2010
  • Then and Now - Looking Back to Beta Champions Online Reporter C.A. Thomas writes this look at what beta testes feel has changed from beta to today.

    Reported on Jan 07, 2010
  • Winter Screenshot Contest Winners Announced!

    The winners for the Champions Online Winter Screenshot contest have been announced on the official Champions Online website! Each of the five winners will receive a Retro Destroyer action figure, congratulations guys!

    Reported on Dec 23, 2009
  • Play Levels 1-15 Free Forever in New Demo

    Warhammer Online seems to have started a new trend of unlimited free trials, what with Funcom's recent announcement that Age of Conan would also offer an unlimited free trial, and now the fact that Atari and Cryptic Studios have joined in on the fun with the launch of the Champions Online demo program.

    Reported on Dec 22, 2009
  • Winter Screenshot Contest!

    Cryptic Studios are looking for the perfect Winter-themed screenshot of Champions Online with the announcement of a new Winter Screenshot contest!

    Reported on Dec 14, 2009
  • Progress Since Launch Interview

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

    Reported on Dec 11, 2009
  • Bill Roper Interview's Dana Massey recently traveled to teh Cryptic Studios offices and spoke with Champions Online's Bill Roper about the game, its launch and its future direction.

    Reported on Dec 07, 2009
  • Speculating on What's Next 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.

    Reported on Dec 01, 2009
  • Free Thanskgiving Weekend

    Beginning Thursday, November 26th at 10AM PST, Cryptic Studios will be offering a free Thanksgiving weekend for Champions Online. The free play event will run for a full four days, coming to a close on November 30th, 2009 at 10AM PST.

    Reported on Nov 25, 2009
  • Nemesis Confrontation Now Live!

    The Nemesis Confrontation update, which was announced last week, is now live! In addition to the "Nemesis Confrontation" five man lair, today's update also includes a bevy of costume additions, including several new capes, many new back items and accessories, and a pass on many of the existing costume pieces to incorporate the glow feature. Along with the usual fixes, tweaks, and balances that come with any major update the Archery power set has seen a major overhaul with this patch as well.

    Reported on Nov 24, 2009
  • Exclusive "Nemesis Confrontation" Trailer

    Get a first look at the recently announced Nemesis Confrontation lair in this latest Champions Online trailer available exclusively at!

    Reported on Nov 19, 2009
  • Nemesis Confrontation Dev Chat Friday!

    Yesterday we reported on the announcement of a new five man lair called "Nemesis Confrontation". The lair will be introduced in an update set to release next Tuessday, November 24th. But given the short time frame between the announcement and the update's release, there are sure to be many questions about the update on players' minds, and Cryptic Studios is happy to oblige with the announcement of a Nemesis Confrontation Dev Chat set for this Friday.

    Reported on Nov 19, 2009
  • New Lair: Nemesis Confrontation!

    Cryptic Studios has announced today the addition of a new lair to the game called "Nemesis Confrontation". Nemesis Confrontation is a new five man lair for UNITY members (Level 40) that will see players confront the nemeses of all five members of their team, and then finally culminate in a fight against a new evil: the Shadow Destroyer!

    Reported on Nov 18, 2009
  • Five Most Needed Additions to Champions's C.A. Thomas writes this list of overall improvements that need to be made to Cryptic's newest superhero MMORPG, Champions Online.

    Reported on Nov 16, 2009
  • Champedia Launched!

    Cryptic Studios has launched a "central database for all Champions Online in-game data" called Champedia, which will allow players to search for characters, super groups, powers, and missions.

    Reported on Nov 13, 2009
  • Bill Roper on Balancing Ranged vs Melee

    Today, we ask Cryptic Studios' Bill Roper about his philosophies on attempting to balance ranged and melee combat styles in an MMO.

    Reported on Nov 12, 2009
  • A Guide to Teaming 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.

    Reported on Nov 05, 2009
  • Player Perspective: Superhero Discontent Columnist Jamie Skelton writes this look at some of the discontent that has been flowing around the Champions Online forums surrounding the game.

    Reported on Oct 30, 2009
  • Blood Moon Live Today! New Trailer!

    Champions Online's first major update and event hits live servers today! To coincide with the update's release, a new trailer has been released over at IGN highlighting some key points of the update.

    Reported on Oct 27, 2009