PSA: Champions Online’s freeform slots and lifetime subs are on sale

    
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Too much gold weighing down your pockets? Champions Online has a solution for that: Give Cryptic a good chunk of it.

This weekend, the superhero MMORPG is putting two of its most-desired items on sale. Freeform slots, which allow players to mix-and-match powerslots to build a unique character, are half-off at 2,500 ZEN through Tuesday, July 2nd.

Lifetime subscriptions are 33% off though July 6th, reducing the price of from $299 down to $199 for the time being. This unlocks a gold subscription for the life of the game, which includes all archetypes, more travel powers, free costume pieces, and a monthly ZEN stipend.

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Tamanous

Sigh. Wtf happened to actually selling new game content?

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Castagere Shaikura

I just don’t get how they can charge 50 dollars for something like this. This game is old and most of the people that play it already have these slots from giveaways in the past. I have two of them from giveaways. Do they still get new players in this game.

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Phubarrh

Every eight months or so, I boot it up and try to get into it. Usually I only last about 2 to 3 hours. It just doesn’t give me that City of Heroes feeling…

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Nathaniel Downes

I hate it when companies market prices in some internal currency. I, as someone outside the game, have no idea how much “2,500 Zen” is.

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Sorenthaz

$25 I’m pretty sure. Freeform character slots in Champs are stupidly expensive and I distinctly remembering them costing $50 per slot.

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CasualSlacks

Zen is pretty close to USD. Normal price freeform slot is 5000 zen or $50. Incidently, the prices for the freeform slot and the lifetime subscription are absurd. Keep in mind before shelling out the cash, you’re purchasing a freeform slot. It will not convert an existing character to freeform. Only subscribing will convert an existing character to freeform.

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Tiresias

No offense intended to Cryptic, who made a great game but did a mediocre job maintaining it, but I don’t really see the value in spending $200 on a game that is 8 years old and gets infrequent content updates. In fact, I’m pretty sure the “maintenance mode” Final Fantasy 11 gets more frequent content updates…

If the cost of the lifetime sub was lowered to $50 I bet you would see a decent influx of new players.

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Sorenthaz

$50 is the normal price of a freeform slot though, so that’ll never happen unless Cryptic officially puts it in maintenance mode.

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CasualSlacks

I’d be happy at $100. As it is now, I spend $15 on a 60-day card from Amazon when I get the urge to play. The urge doesn’t last more than a few weeks at time.

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Crowe

I agree that they made a great game… but Champions was never it. I think $20 for lifetime would be a rip-off. And yes, FF11 gets more updates.

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Fisty

I feel like you’re a brave soul if you get a lifetime sub for a game at the end of its life.

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Legend Of Vinny T

The normal price of a lifetime sub breaks even at 20 months. This sale price, 13 months and a week. Cryptic doesn’t even have concept art to show for Magic: The Gathering yet, let alone screenshots or a launch date. That means there’s still a chance that a lifetime sub bought today will reach its break-even point before MtG’s crunch and/or launch support gives Cryptic the excuse they need to push CO off a cliff once and for all.

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Fisty

Thanks. I knew my intentionally obtuse comment would eventually bring some facts by someone eventually.

But, by that math, I could still get a year worth of play from Champions if I wanted to sub. I kinda like it, for all its boring repetition, just cause I have guys that look like the marvel dudes they were intended to be. It’s also more my style than DC online, that whole WoW clone thing gets me if done in a genre I dig.

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semugh

also the chinese dude who owns pwe is not faint hearted. He will never close down a working game. CO can run on peanuts while occasionally can make monies.

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Sorenthaz

Considering PWE hosts a slew of garbage-tier money milking F2Ps that basically only operate because there are poor people and some people with a lot of money who really have nothing better to do than rule over the peasants on obscure ripoffs of popular MMOs, I wouldn’t be surprised.