Thursday, November 11, 2010

Random Shots: A Peek Inside Champions Online F2P

  • So, it turns out that there's a closed beta test going on for Champions Online. That's all I have to say about that. /wink /nod

  • What I can talk about, and what I'm excited to talk about, are all the updates coming out of the beta. The Archetype preview came up recently in two parts: an overview of the system and a breakdown of the various archetypes available. I actually think that this is an interesting idea. The open power framework can be quite intimidating if you're not comfortable with all the powers available. Learning the game with the archetypes should give players the knowledge they need if they decide to subscribe (as well as the hunger to do so).

  • Beyond that, though, you can see that Cryptic is putting a lot of effort into the relaunch of the game. Just check out these power changes that are scheduled to go through. And beyond that are new powers coming to the game to flesh out the archetypes properly. I'm amazed by the amount that Cryptic is investing into Champions to make sure the F2P launch will work.

  • John Smedley said something about the possibility of Vanguard going free to play that I apropos here. He said that they wouldn't go free to play unless they were ready to add the content to support it. All of these changes aren't content, per se, but I think it's a very good sign the Cryptic thinks the game is worth the effort.

  • Oh, and would you look at that: lifetime subscriptions are available again. Lots of new green names on the CO forums all of the sudden.

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  1. Wow, I hadn't been on the forums much so the two links about power changes and new powers were great. Thanks!

    My main hero, Silver Hunter, has always primarily used the Force Framework, and it's always felt like it had some holes in it, so I'm especially excited to see it's getting three new powers.

  2. Ahh, I know you're not allowed to say anything about closed beta, but from your tone and positivity I gather things are looking good. I cannot wait until CO goes F2P.

  3. @ Blue Kae - For some reason, I skipped right over the force powers. Wow, those are some nice additions.

    @ MMOGC - I am very positive about the direction of the game. Now I just time to see everything!

  4. "/wink /nod"

    /flirt, /footsy, /shy