Champions Online’s new serial story continues with a city-wide search

    
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In this, the bizarro timeline of the real world where Champions Online actually produces new playable content on a weekly basis, Cryptic pushed out the second part of the superhero MMO’s serialized story for players to solve.

And we mean “solve,” because it sounds as though you’ll be on a case to track down a mysterious foe: “Ladyhawke has analyzed the mysterious pearl you found at the end of the last mission, but it’s not a complete message. It’s giving off a mysterious signal, and one that leads to other points around the city. Can you locate the other pearls, and defeat those who might be protecting them?”

This mission is at least worth doing once, both for the novelty and to receive a magical hands aura to toss onto your character. A second play-through will reward a magical condition mod, and by then you’ll actually know what you are doing. Presumably.

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Champions Online has been my primary mmorpg for the past couple of years for a variety of reasons. I remain provisionally optimistic. However, for whatever they do with mission content, the business model that puts freeform behind a rather ridiculous paywall is one of the most self-defeating choices Cryptic/PW has made with the game. Freeform building was the prime reason to subscribe, but then they killed all other subscription options beside lifetime subscriptions.

Nevertheless, content is content and regular content in Champs is unprecedented.

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Bruno Brito

This is weak. If their interest is to grab attention from all the CoH people, they’ll need way more than that. Making all AT’s f2p and giving one FF to everyone seems like a good start.

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Then again, maybe Cryptic’s interest is in providing content that past, present, and future players might enjoy. While I’ve read posts from people who’ve played DCUO and Champions Online and who want to know if they should play CoH, I think people already know where to go if they want enthusiasm and a swelling player base. Furthermore, there’s no reason someone couldn’t play these short easily accessible missions in Champs then log out and back into CoH.

Anyway, 10th anniversary of Champs in September. Assume things are happening because of that, not because of CoH homecoming servers.

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Bruno Brito

Then again, maybe Cryptic’s interest is in providing content that past, present, and future players might enjoy.

Maybe, but let’s be honest here, the former playerbase is not reading these news of seasonal stories and thinking “hey, we all should go back to this extremely old and almost abandoned game!”

While I’ve read posts from people who’ve played DCUO and Champions Online and who want to know if they should play CoH, I think people already know where to go if they want enthusiasm and a swelling player base.

I find the reasoning of “don’t come here if you want population” to be a bit sad when it’s about MMOs.

Furthermore, there’s no reason someone couldn’t play these short easily accessible missions in Champs then log out and back into CoH.

I don’t know. I don’t think CO is a easy MMO to get invested into nor do i find it to be alt-friendly. And i don’t think it’s really a MMO you play on short bursts. But i don’t log into it in ages, so i may be talking with outdated info.

Anyway, 10th anniversary of Champs in September. Assume things are happening because of that, not because of CoH homecoming servers.

Maybe. I still think it’s weird that this specific timeframe is the frame they chose to advance the game, even a bit. They coulda do this earlier.

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I think you’re being too cynical. Cryptic has been a lot of things, but timely has never been one of them. Just because Blizzard challenges every competitor’s releases with their own, doesn’t mean that that’s the standard for the industry. The record shows that they Cryptic doesn’t care about competing with DCUO, Paragon Chat, or any of the spiritual successors of CoH.

The developers working on Champions, at least the public face of Champs devs, Kaserin, had began report earlier in the year, that the dev team had overcome some coding hindrances to fixing old content and creating new content and that they would be experimenting with things that they’d like players to test. So, well before the leaks and freakouts and the eventual release of the CoH server code, Cryptic put out an updated version of dungeon that was previously removed from the game because it was unplayable. Regardless of what anyone thinks of the finished product, that was discussed at least a month before the CoH leaks.

What people who don’t play Champions Online don’t realize, and new players are often too busy learning the game to get, is that gameplay in Champs centered around is about the special events. There’s yearly events and there events that happen multiple times a year. There’s an event at least once a month Usually, these events bring the players together to fight in open-world raids or do various dailies for special reward currencies. Since I’ve been back to playing Champs regularly, I’ve noticed that the devs are constantly tweaking these events to funnel players into various activities and sometimes adding new elements to these special events. I believe that the 10th Anniversary of CO is a big deal for Cryptic despite how little love they’ve given the game since gaining the Star Trek license. I think that there is an initiative to do something really special for the 10th anniversary. I don’t know if they will succeed since it’s tricky to release an untested surprise. Still, as I keep saying, I’m provisionally optimistic.

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Wakkander

I went back to champions very briefly after CoH. Thought I’d give it another go. Something about it just feels off, doubly so after playing CoH again. Makes me wonder what the new spiritual successors will face when they get released.

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Dug From The Earth

I jumped back in this game last week, and after having played recently on the COH rogue servers, I quickly jumped back off.

Champions Online needs a serious upgrade imo. I know it will never happen, but its gotta be missing out on a lot of customers who are happily in paragon city now again.