Champions Online puts out beta-tester call

Ask any superhero, and they'll probably say their first attempt at nabbing a criminal was met with disastrous results. Property was undoubtedly damaged, limbs were bruised if not broken, and the ne'er-do-well invariably escaped. A test run, they then might say, is always a good idea, one in which a...

Ask any superhero, and they'll probably say their first attempt at nabbing a criminal was met with disastrous results. Property was undoubtedly damaged, limbs were bruised if not broken, and the ne'er-do-well invariably escaped. A test run, they then might say, is always a good idea, one in which a measure can be taken of the various gadgets and whatnot.

Cryptic Studios may not be staffed by superheroes, but having already been through the paces with NCsoft's City of Heroes, it knows the value of a good test run. This week, the game maker announced it was now taking beta-tester applications for the PC edition of its newest superhero-themed massively multiplayer online game, Champions Online. With the game slated for a spring 2009 launch, the best test is expected to begin in mid-November.

Published by 2K Games for the Xbox 360 and PC, Champions Online is a continuation of Hero Games' pen-and-paper role-playing franchise, which Cryptic purchased the rights to earlier this year. With City of Heroes' character creator seen as revolutionary for its time, Cryptic Studios is again emphasizing player customization options with Champions Online.

The Champions Online beta test application is available on Cryptic's Web site. For more on the superhero MMOG, check out GameSpot's most recent look at that game from this year's Leipzig Games Convention.

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28 comments
shade1978x
shade1978x

If Champions is just another online treadmill, count me out. And I pray it's nothing like COH/COV because those games were just terrible. Anyone who gives me a thumbs down for saying that can go feed themselves to a large snake. You suck.

Old_Gooseberry
Old_Gooseberry

flying was most fun I had in an MMO next to perfect world & wow... hope this game has it in it also.

rayrayob
rayrayob

its also for 360 just the beta is for pc only...I've been on forums since day 1 and its gonna rock!!

runstalker
runstalker

Blank2k2 Posted Oct 15, 2008 8:45 am PT 'City Of Heros looked very promising, but personally i was playing a dozen MMO's around its time & its control system was just a shotgun blow to the head for me so i lost interest pretty rapidly.' Hang on, what was so headblasting about CoH's control scheme? It was exactly like every other MMO's controls: WASD movement and hotkey bank skills. In fact, I'd say CoH/CoV control is superior to most MMOs. You can go anywhere with the character, float, fly, super-sprint, and it's very responsive. Of all the things one could select as a possible problem in CoH, dear god, it's not the controls. One of the major reasons I think Champions Online will be good is the control system for the action combat, because Cryptic did a good job with CoH.

SouL-Tak3R
SouL-Tak3R

The graphics are very cool. The game looks awesome, reminds me of city of heroes/villains. But kinda looks way better.

g3ck089
g3ck089

I love the CG-graphics and concept. The characters look awesome, and as promising the statement about further enhancing the character customization it's bound to be a blast. Let's hope the gameplay will work fluidly and delicious :D

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

City Of Heros looked very promising, but personally i was playing a dozen MMO's around its time & its control system was just a shotgun blow to the head for me so i lost interest pretty rapidly. But, now im not playing any mmo's ... hopefully ill get into this beta, ive not been accepted to one in awhile so im overdue :P ill be able to give this game a proper go :D

EXxile
EXxile

I was really into City of Heroes and this looks a whole lot better. I can't wait to pick this up.

Cobra5
Cobra5

I'd like to try this game out. If its as action based as they say it is I'll be interested- there's too many slow-paced MMOs out there.

HessenKnight
HessenKnight

Dammit, they neeed to stop making so many MMOs. They know it's hard enough to commit to ONE, then all these other ones come around the corner. They look sooooo good!

TheMadGamer
TheMadGamer

Looks like a fun game, hope I get into the beta, I never seem to.

eagleballer44
eagleballer44

Is this just a pc beta is it for the 360 too?

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

WOOHOO! I just built a new computer! yeahhh!

GDCalibur
GDCalibur

Sweet, I love City of Heroes/Villains. Game looks cool. I also applied.

Shockwave619
Shockwave619

i just applied, Finally an actual good mmo on the 360.

MatzeEdend
MatzeEdend

Might sign up for the beta, got nothing better to do than play games at the moment. I can honestly say I have never played City of Heroes, but I'm all for player customization.

ballzack93
ballzack93

I'm applying now, City of Heroes was a great game it will be interesting to see how Champions turns out.

Rasjr20
Rasjr20

Number One 360-Its coming out on the 360

qwertyu
qwertyu

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joseph_mach
joseph_mach

Nice. Been looking forward to a new MMO, and hopefully this one will turn out well.

Magrino
Magrino

Ask any superhero, and they'll probably say their first attempt at nabbing a criminal was met with disastrous results. Property was undoubtedly damaged, limbs were bruised if not broken, and the ne'er-do-well invariably escaped. A test run, they then might say, is always a good idea, one in which a measure can be taken of the various gadgets and whatnot.

Cryptic Studios may not be staffed by superheroes, but having already been through the paces with NCsoft's City of Heroes, it knows the value of a good test run. This week, the game maker announced it was now taking beta-tester applications for the PC edition of its newest superhero-themed massively multiplayer online game, Champions Online. With the game slated for a spring 2009 launch, the best test is expected to begin in mid-November.

Published by 2K Games for the Xbox 360 and PC, Champions Online is a continuation of Hero Games' pen-and-paper role-playing franchise, which Cryptic purchased the rights to earlier this year. With City of Heroes' character creator seen as revolutionary for its time, Cryptic Studios is again emphasizing player customization options with Champions Online.

The Champions Online beta test application is available on Cryptic's Web site. For more on the superhero MMOG, check out GameSpot's most recent look at that game from this year's Leipzig Games Convention.