Champions Online slashes prices on freeform characters, three for 60 bucks

    
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At the beginning of June, PWE announced big changes for Champions Online: It was planning to drop the game’s optional monthly subscription in favor of a one-time purchase premium pack. But players were deeply concerned over the move, chiefly because of the way freeform character slots work. Subscribers receive access to freeform characters – that is, characters who can take nearly any power from any tree rather than be hemmed in by an archtype layout, but losing that access would mean they’d have to pay the free-to-play price of $50 per character.

PWE wisely put the switchover on hold, but now, it appears it may have sorted out a solution, as it announced that it’s reducing the cost of all character slots and freeform slots “starting today” – which sure sounds like a permanent reduction. Freeform slots themselves now work out to $30 apiece or $60 for three, while character slots are 100 ZEN apiece or 10 for 700 – the latter are so cheap they may as well be free.

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Dug From The Earth

Why NCsoft continues to hog tie and drag this craptastic super hero game behind their horse, making sure to hit every rock, river, and cactus along the way, baffles me.

They were so quick to just string up and hang City of Heroes. Champions Online must be holding their family hostage or something.

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Justin Bania

It is a PWE title. Did NCsoft buy PWE and I didn’t notice?

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Dug From The Earth

whoops, i got that massively mixed up. Probably something to do with Cryptic selling CoH/CoX to NCsoft, and then acquiring Champions.

Explains why its being dragged along though… they are doing the same thing with STO.

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Justin Bania

STO is a game I wish I could get behind. It is heavily story driven which I love and you can just do anything you like to pass the time there. But the ground combat is ATROCIOUS. It feels like something other games would call beta or even alpha. And the ship combat feels good but is a bit rough around the edges. Sometimes the systems feel too complex. It shows in the complex UI for managing them all.

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Crowe

Cryptic was developing it when they were still published by NCSoft. But if I recall correctly, they were bought by Atari before actually releasing CO. And then Atari realized what a crapfest they had on their hands and sold ’em off to PWE where they continue to subside.

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Legend Of Vinny T

Here we go again…

As part of this new pricing structure, they went ahead with two small parts of the Premium Pack that was otherwise postponed:

– A soft cap of 59 character slots per account has been raised to a hard 100. (Existing accounts with over 100 slots are grandfathered in and the slots are protected even if the character is deleted, because even Cryptic isn’t that dumb.) Originally, purchased slots were limited, but slots earned by non-store means bypassed the cap. Which leads to the other change…

– Gold and Lifetime subscribers no longer get a free character slot for every character that reaches the level 40 cap, just the first character.

Combined with the dirt-cheap new $1 price for a single Gold/Lifer slot, the loss of free slots for hitting 40 isn’t too painful, although some lifers are calling it out as a bait-and-switch. But that’s not where they really screwed up.

They’re now claiming that the free slot for every capped character has been a “bug” all along that they’re now “fixing”. Which immediately sent forumites scrambling for the Wayback Machine to find old versions of the subscriber benefits page that shows that it has been explicitly advertised as a feature.

Leave it to Cryptic to screw up a price cut.

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Mike Minier

Yeah definitely still way too much. I’d pay $10, maybe $15 tops for a freeform slot. I think they are driving their last mile. The new generation of superhero mmo’s aren’t too far off thankfully.

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Justin Bania

That price is still obscene for a game this old, and frankly this dead. As someone who still has a hole in their heart for superhero MMOs I want to like champions but the pricing is still silly high and the game still feels like its making fun of comic book fans not enjoying comics with them.

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semugh

no problem, just go log back in marvel heroes. Bye.

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Zuldar

Still way too high for a game this old.