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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

  • 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
  • Sidekicks, Supergroups and Supervillains

    TenTonHammer got a chance to sit down with Bill Roper recently for an interview entitled "Sidekicks, Supergroups, and Supervillains". The interview, as you would imagine, focuses on those three aspects of the game, and touches on a few other things as well.

    Reported on Aug 11, 2009
  • State of the Game Letter

    Chronomancer gives us details on the state of Champions Online in this latest state of the game letter posted on the official Champions Online website.

    Reported on Aug 07, 2009
  • Beta Key Giveaway has been given 1,000 beta keys to give to our community! These keys are first come, first served so get them while you can - because they will go very fast!

    Reported on Aug 06, 2009
  • Power Sets

    In an effort to educate players about their game, the Champions Online team at Cryptic Studios have been releasing information on the various power sets available to players.

    Reported on Aug 05, 2009
  • Dueling & Melee Combat Videos

    Two new videos of Champions Online are now available. The first video features an explosive array of player vs. player duel footage. In the second video, we get a closer look at some of the melee options available to players in Champions Online.

    Reported on Aug 04, 2009