PSA: Champions Online is giving away free $30 freeform slots

    
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PSA: Champions Online is giving away free $30 freeform slots

One of the biggest flaws with Champions Online’s business model has been that the game’s greatest strength — being able to mix-and-match powers to make a truly unique superhero — was locked behind either a subscription or a $30 purchase of a “freeform” character slot.

That flaw is getting covered up, at least for the time being, as Cryptic is handing out one freeform character slot to everyone who logs into the MMO. This free giveaway apparently is in reaction to the current quarantine situation, as it will only be available until April 17th.

“We know the world is dark right now, and we want to say thank you to you for choosing to visit Millennium City as an escape,” Cryptic said. “With that in mind, you can find a freeform slot for your account in game right now…absolutely free!”

Do we really have to tell you that this is a “must get” promotion, even if you don’t play Champions right now? You just don’t see studios giving away one of their pricier cash shop unlocks every day.

Source: Champions Online. Thanks Panagiotis!

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Ririrawr
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Ririrawr

okay, lets see if i can clarify some misconceptions here

should you get it, even if you log like once every other year, when the stars are aligned jussssst right?
OHHECKYESS

how to claim?
login to account, login to character, open the C-store (bottom left shiny gold icon on your minimap), go to the bonus tab (top right), claim the freebie

lockboxes are falling from the sky and instagibbing your desire to play?
wait a week, sometimes champs runs an event where they roll a special lockbox that has all the items from every old lockbox, along with the last two-three most recent lockboxes. at least they stopped throwing every single old lockbox ever. yes lockboxes still suck.

regarding costume pieces having a hefty price: nooooo, that price is for the bundles they come in. champs does not sell individual costume pieces. and you unlock way more via gameplay accolades and drops. all costumes are account-wide unlocks

if you are a former subber, no you won’t have access to your old freeforms. they removed subs way back, so instead of paying $15 to unlock all characters for one month, you pay $30 to unlock one freeform character permanently. did this change piss off everyone (and not just the players)? YESSSSSSSSSSSS

and since i have a few more minutes than i thought i would…

was this an attempt to get moar players? doubt it, by their wording. not that it matters.

does this game do X like dcuo/cox? NO

can you make a character look like the sentient ghost of a steam engine? YES

how about a christmas tree? like a tree tree? also yes

is the game dead? it died the very next day after launch. now it just haunts the interwebs

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Bruno Brito

is the game dead? it died the very next day after launch. now it just haunts the interwebs

Liked for this.

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Ririrawr

hee

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Dug From The Earth

Just FYI

You dont get it just logging in

You need to go to the zen store on a character, to the bonus tab, and “purchase” it for the cost of “Free”. It will then create a new character slot for you with a lightning bolt icon on it.

I realized one reason why Im turned off by this game, despite liking super heroes. I was going through making my costume and thought “Sheesh this is extremely limited in options”… then I unchecked “hide costume parts not owned” and suddenly there were a ton more options… for a hefty price.

Yeah… not cool.

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Bruno Brito

Yeah. A lot of it is under paywalls, and their UI is pure garbage.

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zuldar

I reinstalled it to get the freeform slot and I have to say the loot boxes have gotten out of hand. There’s four different ones now, each taking up valuable inventory slots and no easy way to avoid picking them up either. Perfect World is the worst thing to ever happen to Cryptic.

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Castagere Shaikura

Loot boxes stack so how do they take up space unless you have one bag? And you can drag and drop them out of your inventory and click discard.

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zuldar

It’s more the principle of the thing, they auto-pickup and are incredibly difficult to avoid picking up especially if you want your regular loot. This isn’t as bad as Neverwinter but it’s still an annoyance.

Yes you can get rid of them but you’re just going to pick more of them up eventually so it’s a Sisyphean endeavor.

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Schmidt.Capela

My issue with Champions Online was never the freeform slots, because if I ever started to play it would likely be with a lifetime sub. No, my issue is that respecs are limited. Whenever I’m having fun with a game I go through respecs like candy.

Plus, respecs is one of the few things I will never, ever, pay real money for. I don’t care how much time, or even money, I’ve already invested in the game, or how cheap respecs are; if you charge me a single cent to respec it will still drive me out of even a game where I’ve already spent thousands of hours playing and hundreds of dollars in unlocks.

So, while a nice gesture, this is completely useless to me. CO without something that makes respecs free and plentiful — to the tune of one every couple days at the very least — isn’t a game I find worth spending time with, much less money.

(This, incidentally, is why I was never able to play CoH for more than a week or two in any of the multiple times I tried to start. Every time I got to a point where I wanted to change my spec, and hadn’t a free respec on hand to do it, I would leave the game for at least a year.)

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Richard de Leon III

good point, i tended to circumvent that by making new toons but even that option is limited.

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carthoris

For the first like 9 years this wasn’t really a problem because you’d get another free character slot every time you hit max level so rather than respec you could easily roll a brand new character. Still mystified they removed that claiming it was a “bug” all along.

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Richard de Leon III

If i had the power, I would change Champions Online to have freeform slots for everyone, and then if they need to make money via slots, have a freeform slot for sale where you dont have to spend a respec token, you can respec it at will. I think that would be worth 30 bux if everyone got freeform slots as a default.

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h4

I don’t even play anymore but I remember how desirable these slots were. Might be time to reinstall just to pick the slot up.

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Pepperzine

Game launched 11 years…far too late

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Castagere Shaikura

Ok, everyone do this now PLEASE. This is what they should have done a long time ago so everyone would have a freeform slot.

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agemyth 😩

I’ll hop back in for a bit, but I’ll probably still be bummed out by all the powers and customization options that are behind pay walls.

Still, this is probably the best thing on their cash shop, so thats cool.

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Bruno Brito

OH BOY