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.