CHAMPIONS ONLINE MMORPGDeveloper: Cryptic Studios

Genre: Comics

Status: Released

Release Date: September 1, 2009 (NA) / September 4, 2009 (EU)

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Earth's first and best line of defense is its heroes. For generations, brave men and women have answered the call to protect the world from the villains who threaten its safety and security.

Today, organizations such as VIPER, ARGENT and PSI use both superpowers and super technology in their dastardly plots to control the world. Creatures from outer space and other dimensions seek to enslave humanity. Super scientist Teleios is creating an army of clones and superpowered constructs to do his bidding.

The greatest threat of all is Doctor Destroyer. A superhuman genius driven to conquer, Destroyer will not stop until all of humanity bends knee to his greatness. In 1992, Destroyer obliterated the city of Detroit and killed thousands. With years to prepare, his next attack is sure to put the entire planet in peril.

Led by The Champions, protectors of Millennium City, the world's heroes have launched a crusade for peace, security and justice. But they need allies. Defender is calling for a new generation of superheroes to fight in a war against evil that spans the globe — and beyond.

Powered by the groundbreaking Cryptic Engine, Champions Online is a MMO for the PC. With literally billions of character options allowing total customization, real-time action combat, the richly detailed Champions universe and an experienced Cryptic Studios team devoted to working directly with gamers to deliver a great gaming experience, Champions Online is set to be the premier superheroic massively multiplayer online role playing game.

Save the world. Be a Champion.


* Hi-Octane Excitement: Champions Online delivers furious, fast-paced encounters previously reserved for action and fighting games. No more boring auto attacks and lengthy recharge times. Champions Online combat is instantaneous — and electrifying!

* Brains required: Every enemy and super-powered threat in Champions Online has its own unique abilities and combat specialties. Use your head — or wind up dead!

* Bring friends, make friends: The Champions Online universe will be jam-packed with thousands of heroes, facing thousands of threats. Join up with other heroes, create your own superteam, and prepare to take on the ultimate threats!

* Total customization, at your fingertips: Choose from hundreds of different costume pieces, colors and body types to create your character's one-of-a-kind costume and look. There are billions of possible combinations, and in a universe brimming with the fantastic and the unforgettable, you can still be completely unique!

* Your powers, on your terms: There are a multitude of astonishing powers to choose from in Champions Online, and its flexible character creation system gives you total control over your hero's abilities. You can even pick the appearance of your powers. Do you want purple force fields? Green fire blasts? Jet black claws? In Champions Online, you decide!

* Keep your enemies close: Every hero must have an archenemy. In Champions Online, you design your character's supreme adversary, choosing a name, powers and costume for a superpowered foe to bedevil your hero throughout his or her career.

* Bigger and better: Vanquish evil, and your successes will be rewarded with costume pieces to enhance your powers and abilities. Then customize the appearance of those rewards to your vision of your hero's look and abilities!

* Endless exploration: The battle against evil in Champions Online rages across the world. No other MMOG offers players the chance to explore such diverse realms — from the shining skyscrapers of Millennium City and the frozen wastes of Canada to the the hidden underwater city of Lemuria.

* Evil most foul: Battle supervillains, aliens, giant monsters and secret, sinister organizations. Doctor Destroyer is launching new plans to conquer the world. VIPER lurks in the shadows, seeking chances to strike at humanity. The ancient Lemurians are plotting a return to power. Can you stop these heinous threats to humanity?

* Make your mark: The story of Champions Online is constantly changing, continually evolving. Villains are defeated. Heroes rise and fall. Cities transform. Your actions may decide the future!


Minimum System Requirements:

* OS:Windows XP SP2/ Windows Vista/Windows 7
* CPU:2.5GHz Single Core or 1.8GHz Dual Core
* Memory:1GB RAM
* Video:NVIDIA GeForce 7600 / ATI Radeon X700 or HD / Intel GMA 4
* Sound:DirectX 9.0c Compatible Soundcard
* DirectX:Version 9.0c or Higher
* HDD:5GB Free Disk Space
* Network:Broadband Required
* Disc:6X DVD-ROM

Recommended System Configuration:

* OS:Windows XP SP2/ Windows Vista/Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit)
* CPU:Intel E8400 Core2Duo or Better
* Memory:2GB RAM or Better
* Video:NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or Better / ATI Radeon HD 3850 or Better
* Sound:DirectX Compatible Soundcard
* DirectX:Version 9.0c or Higher
* HDD:5GB Free Disk Space
* Network:Broadband Required
* Disc:6X DVD-ROM or Better

Champions Online Q&A - August 21, 2009

Champions Online is an action game featuring heroes you as the player get to create and customize. Once you've created your hero he's immediately thrust into the midst of the action as he's called upon by the super-team known as the Champions to help save Millennium City from an invasion.

There’s nothing like a superhero. Or thousands of them, to be honest. In such hard times, all the help is needed to rid the world from super villains and every other threat to humanity. I’m one of those heroes with a secret past. My biography only states “I come from a cold, cold place. I’m sneezing all the time”. That’s why I wear a lycra suit and a scarf. I am only human, after all. Or am I?

Read the full Champions Online review here

Champions Online: Blood Moon (October 2009 - Free Update)
Champions Online: Revelation (March 2010 - Free Expansion Pack)
Champions Online: The Serpent Pack (June 2010 - Free Expansion Pack)

Champions Online goes free-to-play - October 26, 2010
Cryptic Studios announced that Champions Online will go free-to-play in Q1 2011. The free-to-play beta will begin on November 9.

Champions Online: Demonflame released - October 20, 2010
Cryptic Studios leeps on providing Champions Online players with new and free content. This time, the new adventure pack is called Demonflame, and features new storylines, locations and rewards.

Champions Online: one week for free - August 31, 2010
Cryptic Studios has an anniversary event running from September 1 (at 10:00 a.m. Pacific) until September 7 (at 10:00 a.m. Pacific). For the entire week, anyone can play Champions Online for free.

Champions Online: The Serpent Lantern pack - June 25, 2010
The latest adventure pack for Champions Online is now available for free download. Serpent Lantern will take players from the skyscrapers of Millennium City to the jungles of Africa to stop...

New Cryptic game announced this Summer - May 8, 2010
Cryptic Studios, makers of Champions Online and Star Trek Online, will reveal their new game late Summer. Seeing the back catalogue of the Los Gatos based studio, it's very likely to be another MMO.

Cryptic Store discounts - April 16, 2010
To celebrate the Tax day in the U.S., Cryptic Studios is having a 25 percent discount on their stores for everything related to Star Trek Online and Champions Online.

Champions Online: no X360 version - March 29, 2010
It looks like this time it's for good. Cryptic Studios is giving up on the Xbox 360 version of its super-hero MMO Champions Online. Cryptic' boss Jack Emmert said in a forum post that...

Champions Online subscription discount - March 18, 2010
Later this month Cryptic Studios and Atari will launch Revelation, the first major expansion for Champions Online. At first to be a paid expansion, Revelation will turn out to be free for all players.

Champions Online: Revelation in March - February 10, 2010
The Champions Online expansion previously known as Vibora Bay is now called Revelation. This is the first official expansion pack for Champions Online.

Champions Online first expansion - January 28, 2010
In the State of the Game post of January 26th, 2010, Cryptic reveals some important details in the future of Champions Online. Besides the "Kitchen Sink" patch...

Champions Winter contest winners - December 27, 2009
Cryptic announced the winners of the Champions Online Winter Screenshot competition. All the winners will be receiving Retro Destroyer action figure codes in their mail.

Champions Online Demo available - December 23, 2009
There's a new way of grabbing players to the newest MMO: unlimited trials, or demos as some may call it. Cryptic is offering unlimited playtime in Champions Online's first zone.

Champions Online winter event - December 19, 2009
Atari and Cryptic Studios bring us a new event just in time for the holidays: Champions Online - Attack of the Misfit Toys.

Referral program for Champions Online - December 17, 2009
It's a well known fact that playing MMORPGs is a lot more interesting when we're teaming up with a friend or family member.

Champions Online new iPhone App - December 16, 2009
Definitely the iPhone is going to be a part of any self respecting MMORPG. After the announcement of the Fallen Earth iPhone app, now it's time for Champions Online...

Champions Online winter contest - December 14, 2009
Cryptic Studios is celebrating Winter with a screenshot contest in Champions Online. They're asking players to show them the perfect Winter-themed screenshot.

Free Nemesis Confrontation weekend - November 25, 2009
Just like it happened with the Blood Moon update, Champions Online will be free to play during the Nemesis Confrontation launch weekend.

Champions Online free costume gallery - November 23, 2009
To celebrate the Nemesis Confrontation update release Cryptic are offering a free costume update to all Champions Online players.

Champions Online Nemesis update - November 21, 2009
Cryptic posted the details on the next Champions Online update, after Blood Moon. This is called Nemesis Confrontation and will be released November 24th.

Champions Online Champedia - November 12, 2009
Cryptic introduced the Champedia, a central database for all Champions Online in-game data. Players can use Champedia to search for Characters...

Champions Online: 1 million heroes - October 30, 2009
Atari et Cryptic Studios announced that Champions Online has seen more than 1 million heroes created since its launch on September 1st.

Champions Online Blood Moon free weekend - October 26, 2009
Cryptic Studios is offering a free weekend in Champions Online, a promotion to celebrate the Blood Moon free update that is about to be released.

Champions Online Blood Moon event - October 23, 2009
Atari and Cryptic Studios announced a Champions Online: Blood Moon Halloween event, which takes place from October 26th to November 5th.

Champions Online: Create your comic - October 9, 2009
You're already a superhero in Champions Online but you feel like you're missing something? Maybe your own comic adventures?

Champions Online: New areas poll - September 21, 2009
Cryptic Studios has a new poll in the Champions Online website, asking players what new zones they would like to see implemented in the game.

Champions Online: Economy changes - September 19, 2009
Champions Online had a successful release but there is still a lot to do for Cryptic Studios. Balancing is far from over, and among the extremely costly retcons...

Champions Online: Win a Scion XB car - September 16, 2009
Atari, IGN and Scion launched a new and very interesting competition, where the winner receives a brand new, customized Scion XB car.

Champions Online: Meet the manual - September 14, 2009
After Champions Online was released, there were still doubts hanging regarding some in-game features. It's not the most complex of MMOs...

Champions Online: Free Retcon to Early Start Players - September 4, 2009
Cryptic announced that early-start characters of Champions Online created before the launch day patch will benefit from a full retcon.

Champions: Blood Moon unveiled - September 2, 2009
Cryptic Studios unveiled the first free update for Champions Online. Blood Moon will be available in October and features the new Celestial Powerset.

Champions released, free update planned - September 1, 2009
Today Atari and Cryptic Studios - creators of City of Heroes and City of Villains announced that Champions Online has shipped to stores.

Champions Online: Return of the subscription - August 27, 2009
Cryptic listened to their fans and reinstated the much sought after special subscriptions for Champions Online. They unexpectedly ran out due to high demand...

Champions Online out of special subscriptions - August 26, 2009
Atari and Cryptic had quite a deal with their special subscription offers for Champions Online, with goodies that range from some extra costumes...

Champions Online: new trailer & diary - August 21, 2009
New assets from Champions Online have arrived, the superhero romp being created by Cryptic Studios and Atari, and currently in the Open Beta stage.

Champions Online in Open Beta - August 18, 2009
Atari and Cryptic Studios today announced that their highly anticipated Super Heroic MMORPG Champions Online has now gone into open beta.

Champions Online has gone gold - August 15, 2009
Champions Online has reached gold status and will be released by Atari on September 1st. Developed by experienced Cryptic Studios...

Champions Online: Lifetime subscription goodies - August 10, 2009
Atari and Cryptic have a very appealing offer for players excited about Champions Online. Those who opt for the Lifetime Subscription ($199) will get some interesting goodies.

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