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Champions Online going Free-to-Play in 2011

(With micro transactions of course)

Beginning Q1 2011, Champions Online will offer a free-to-play gameplay option. Everyone can download, play and enjoy Champions Online at absolutely no cost!

All you’ll need to do is download the game and begin playing. It will be a great opportunity to head back to the Champions universe to see what’s changed, spend time with your friends and enjoy a top-tier MMO without spending a dime.
Here is the current microtransaction store ($12.50 USD for 1000 points.) In summary, there is nothing that "makes your guy better." Most things are cosmetic, but the big options are additional character slots ($15 for 4) and a full respec ($12.50.) (I'm not sure how it works in CO, but in CoH respecs were available as rewards from difficult group quest chains and also purchasable with microtransactions, so this may just be a convenience option.)

Here is the feature matrix for what you miss out on for not paying $15/month.
  • Your character will only get to pick from predefined "archetype" lists of powers rather than picking anything you want. "You can pick anything" was a selling point of CO, so restricting choices to free accounts may actually make the game less fun or interesting.
  • Their regular content updates (CoH "chapters"--story quests) will be "purchasable."
  • Restricted bag space for annoyance.

And finally Here is the actual FAQ, but I've tried to cover everything gameplay-relevant above.
Old 10-26-2010, 10:46 AM Bill is offline  
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