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Patch Brings Major Respec Changes

Posted by Michael Bitton on Sep 02, 2009  | Comments

Patch Brings Major Respec Changes - Champions Online -

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 overall happy with the new system, but the costs are still an issue, namely, they are still too high.

An explanation of the new system is available below:

First, be aware that the influx of so many heroes into the Championsverse has stretched the fabric of time and space even thinner than it was previously. As such, it is now possible to completely retcon your character from start to finish, regardless of level.

The basic idea of how it works still holds; that is, for each step you have retconed your character, the next step becomes more expensive. Now, allow me to make an important clarification of something that has always been true: points of any kind that you have unspent COUNT AGAINST THE COST OF RETCONNING another step. In other words, the cost of retconing the 5th of 5 powers is exactly the same as retconing one power when you have four other powers selections unassigned.

Second, the cost of retconing now scales in relation to the potency of what you are retconing in a more logical manner. Previously, the cost of retconing a two point advantage was double the cost of retconing a power. The new ratio is as follows:
Power – 3 steps
Advantage – 1 step per point (zero point advantages don’t increase cost from previous step)
Talents – 2 steps
Characteristic Focus – 4 steps
Travel Power – 2 steps
End Builder – 1 step
Innate Talent – 4 steps.

Each step you go back increases the cost of that step and all subsequent steps.

Additionally, the cost progression of each step is now different than it was previously. Your first few steps will be, comparatively, rather inexpensive compared to what they were. As you step deeper into your past, however, the cost will escalate. The final result of this is that retconing back four or fewer powers will now be, in total, less expensive than it was. Retconing back further than that, however, slowly becomes more expensive.

Have you had any experience with the new system yet? If so, what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!

Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB