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Champions Online News

Latest Headlines for Champions Online

  • End of Beta Video

    A new video depicting the end of beta event has been added to the video gallery on the official Champions Online website. Watch players band together in a valiant attempt to beat back Dr. Destroyer's giant Destroid robots as they lay waste to Millenium City.

    Reported on Sep 04, 2009
  • Free Respecs for Early Start Characters

    You asked, they answered. In an announcement made on the official Champions Online website it has been revealed that indeed, Early Start players will be issued a free respec. The timeframe for when this free respec will be given out isn't provided however, as the developers say they still need time to get the tech setup so that they can issue free respecs to only the Early Start players.

    Reported on Sep 03, 2009
  • New Content Every Three Months

    Champions Online will be receiving major content updates every three months according to some recent statements made by Cryptic Studios' Jack Emmert over at VG247.

    Reported on Sep 02, 2009
  • Patch Brings Major Respec Changes

    The Champions Online respec or "Retcon" system has been updated in a patch pushed to live servers today. Checking the official forums, it seems most players are happy with the new system, but the costs are still an issue, namely, they are still too high.

    Reported on Sep 02, 2009
  • Update "Blood Moon" Announced

    The first update to Champions Online has been announced today on the Champions Online official website. The update will be entitled "Blood Moon", and from what we can gather, it appears to be a Halloween event that will also bring with it a new power framework: Celestial.

    Reported on Sep 02, 2009
  • Launch Day Patch Stirs Uproar

    Break out the bubbly! Champions Online has launched today, and all is totally awesome, right? Not entirely. Like many MMOGs, Champions Online launched with a patch, and today's patch made some significant changes to the game, as outlined in today's State of the Game letter. As it would turn out, some of the changes appear to be a bit controversial, with many on the official forums up in arms over the changes. So what's stirring up all the ruckus?

    Reported on Sep 01, 2009
  • Microsoft Holding Back 360 Version

    Add another potential XBOX 360 MMOG to the in-limbo pile. Champions Online, like Final Fantasy XIV, and The Lord of the Rings Online is also experiencing issues trying to launch on the XBOX 360 platform. Like all the other gamse mentioned, the problem is XBOX Live, and the logistics of running a MMOG on the service.

    Reported on Sep 01, 2009
  • New Powerset: Light?

    Champions Online Lead Designer Randy Mosiondz tweeted a tease of an upcoming new powerset to Champions Online. He didn't give the set a name, but it can be best described, at least at this point as "light".

    Reported on Aug 28, 2009
  • Pre-Launch Preview's Michael Bitton takes an in-depth look at Cryptic Studios' upcoming superhero MMO, Champions Online.

    Reported on Aug 28, 2009
  • Lifetime Subscription Offer Returns!

    It looks like all the recent brou-ha-ha over the sudden discontinuation of the lifetime and six month subscription offer has made an impression on the powers-that-be over at Cryptic Studios. With that said, both options are making a return with no limited quota as to how many are being offered this time. The only limitation is, like before, the offer will end on August 31st, 2009 at 11:59PM Pacific time.

    Reported on Aug 27, 2009
  • How Developers Handle Beta Feedback

    Cryptic Studios' Bill Roper recently took the time to write this developer journal about the way that Champions Online developers have been handling feedback from its testers throughout the beta process.

    Reported on Aug 27, 2009
  • Lifetime Subs Sell Out, Cryptic Explains

    Earlier today we were tipped off by a user to the uproar currently taking place on the Champions Online official forums. The boards are ablaze with discontent from users who were blindsided by the news that the lifetime subscription option is no longer available. After all, Cryptic did state the offer would be good until September 1st, but it is only August 25th, so what's the deal? We hit up Cryptic Studios for a comment and this is what they had to say:

    Reported on Aug 25, 2009
  • Open Beta Ends Today!

    The Open Beta test for Champions Online will conclude today at 5PM PDT. Like many MMOG's, the end of beta is being celebrated with an end of beta event. The event features giant Destroids (robots) attacking the city. Players who attempt to defeat one of these robots will receive a Destroid in-game action figure at launch.

    Reported on Aug 25, 2009
  • Open Beta Now Open for All!

    Most Open Beta tests these days are really more "open" and not truly open to all comers, and Champions Online was no different. Today is a different day, however! In an announcement made on the official Champions Online website, the Open Beta has gone fully open, so if you're curious about the game (but not enough to preorder or subscriber to Fileplanet), go ahead and give it a spin!

    Reported on Aug 21, 2009
  • Dev Diary: A World of Champions

    The next video in the Champions Online dev diary series is now avaialble over at GameSpot. Entitled "A World of Champions" this dev diary details the setting of Champions Online, and provides some insight on the style choices made for the game.

    Reported on Aug 19, 2009
  • One Month Out Q&A'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 questins were submitted prior to the beginning of the open beta.

    Reported on Aug 18, 2009
  • NDA Dropped!

    The NDA for Champions Online has officially dropped, according to a post by Community Manager Daeke on the official Champions Online forums. Like he says there, you may now talk about the game until you're blue in the face!

    Reported on Aug 17, 2009
  • Tutorial Videos

    An excellent pair of tutorial videos for Cryptic Studios' upcoming superhero MMORPG, Champions Online are now available at

    Reported on Aug 13, 2009
  • Video Dev Diary: Road to Champions

    A video developer diary entitled "Road to Champions" is now available at This latest dev diary gives us some insight into the genesis of Champions Online, going as far back as to the inception of Cryptic Studios itself.

    Reported on Aug 12, 2009
  • Exclusive Screenshots

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

    Reported on Aug 12, 2009