Champions Online cinda looks interesting. But im not sure if i whould play it. After all Cryptic have deleted my subscription to Ciry of Heros two times. Without asking or telling me about it. I just tried to log on and it sed i cant because i dont have an active subscription. But why whouldent BioWare and LucasArts work together? And why whould EA care about that? EA will or might get there fair share of the cash. Atleast thats what im guesing.
Publisher no longer championing superhero-themed MMORPG following Atari's acquisition of its developer, Cryptic Studios.
When Atari announced its acquisition of Cryptic Studios last week, it answered the question of who would publish Star Trek Online. However, it raised doubts about the publisher of the Los Gatos, California-based shop's other massively multiplayer project, Champions Online for the PC and Xbox 360. On the eve of the E3 Media & Business Summit this past July, 2K Games announced that it would distribute the pen-and-paper RPG-inspired title, which began life as the now-canceled Marvel Universe Online.
With none of the parties commenting, the publishing status of Champions Online lingered in purgatory for a week. Today, though, 2K parent Take-Two Interactive gave a definitive answer on the publishing question--in the negative. "We no longer intend to publish the MMOG Champions Online due to Atari's acquisition of Cryptic," said Take-Two president Ben Feder in a post-earnings conference call with analysts.
Take-Two's exit wasn't totally unexpected, as acquisitions often scupper preexisting publishing agreements. The biggest exception to this is Star Wars: The Old Republic, which continues to be developed by BioWare for LucasArts despite Electronic Arts' 2007 purchase of the former. Speaking to GameSpot, executives from both BioWare and LucasArts pointed to the success of their previous joint venture, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, as a reason for their continued collaboration.
With Atari now firmly ensconced in the publisher's seat, it remains to be seen whether or not Champions Online will stick to its previously announced spring 2009 release date. On the one hand, the game only bore a general "2009" release window when mentioned in the Atari acquisition announcement. On the other, Cryptic has ramped up work on the project, enlisting famed Diablo and Hellgate: London cocreator Bill Roper to work on the project.
For more on Champions Online, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.
I about crapped my pants when I heard this was also going to be able to be played from an Xbox 360!!! I pray to the gaming gods that Atari will go ahead and support a 360 version!!! I was already trying to figure out how much it would cost to upgrade my 360 and stuff. 40$/month for broadband, 10$/month for XBL, 15$/month for CO subscription + a new hard drive for the 360 arcade + an xbox keyboard....
Finally I had hope of playing a current MMORPG again. I would rather play City of Heroes/Villians but CO did sound appealing with its focus on action based combat and the ability to totally customize your hero even down to the color of his powers.
So still no word on the whole pay to play thing then? No one knows? Anything? If you do have to pay to play, then how much will it be per month? Hopefully they will realize that people do not want to not only pay for xbox live, but pay to play a game on line on top of that. That's just outlandish and scary. I do not think I can deal with that. Gruug.....oh well, guess we'll just have to wait and see. Hopefully they will be nice and only charge the P.C. users.
BlackAce...More like StupidFACE...Huh...huh!! Seriously, shut up. These are the guys who made City Of Heroes, so it is not, in anyway, a "wannabe". Also, they are not generic heroes considering YOU make them. Man you suck..
Why does this news not surprise me one bit? I guess no one wants to go "Where no man has gone before."
Not interested in anything "cross platform". That means I have removed Star Trek Online and Champions from my wish list.
I haven't played a MMO in years, and I was really looking forward to this one. Hopefully someone else will take it on; there's a lot of potential in this property.
why is there always people complaining about charges? usually MMORPG's work that way....95%of the times even free ones charge you for some stuff for those with very high levels....
Blackace, it is not generic super heroes. It is based off an already established IP created in 1981. Is it me or do people not even bother to research a game before they bash it? Here is an interesting idea, look into a game and see what it is about before you just trash it. Play it before you judge it. Oh and read an article before you call a game dead.
"$9.99 - $14.99 a month" is nothing. Stop complaining about games that charge, there are good reasons for this price.
To be fair. It remains unseen if an MMORPG can actually be pulled of in a good way on consoles. I highly doubt it since it's best of on a PC platform that has easy Internet connection, Keyboard and mouse, Ventrilo etc.
I'm relieved - Take-two is not a good publisher. They will probably be better off in someone else's hands.
I'm not overly excite about Champions Online. When it had the Marvel characters in it, it seemed interesting. Using generic super heroes will make this game a CoH wannabe MMO. If it's FREE maybe I'll have a look, but I refuse to pay $9.99 - $14.99 a month for another MMO. More MMO's need to be like Guild Wars.
I wouldn't care much if this game wasn't published at all - especially if you it's not a 'pay-once' MMO. It had potential, but after seeing previews and stuff it really doesn't sound up to much, especially when compared with other '09 games.
The saying is "you can polish a turd, but it's still a turd" not "you can't polish a turd" I really don't know how people got confused about that
Now all they need to do is drop Star Trek Online. I mean you cant polish a turd. We all know STO is a cancelled game just waiting to happen. Pull the plug.
What in the world are you guys worrying about? The game is not cancelled. They're simply changing publishers. Atari is going to publish the game instead of Take Two. That makes perfect sense now that Atari owns the IP. There is no reason for Atari to pay Take Two to do something Atari can do itself - publish the game.
this will change budgeting and content even. At least this is something that could go either way. I hope this allows them to do some stuff that their former publisher wasn't allowing. Who know though.
Yes, but the problem with delays like these is that this game will probably be pushed back until a tentative late 2010 release. Which would be too late. Kind of like what happened with Too Human, by the time it finally came out no one really cared and had more than likely forgotten about its existence. You cannot over hype games like this and then release them in 3 years. Waiting is annoying, unavoidable most of the time, but still annoying. I will still buy it and play it no matter what. I have one question though, if anyone has an idea what the answer might be that would be great. Will you have to pay to play this game, like phantasy star,(I only played the demo, don't worry) or will it be free to play? Cause if you have to pay for your Live membership, and then pay to play this on top of that, it would be really bothersome.
I could be wrong but I thought I saw a demo of this game the other day on X-Play XL. http://www.n4g.com/pc/News-241925.aspx The official x-play vids: http://www.g4tv.com/xplay/previews/35346/Hands_On_Champions_Online_Part_One.html http://www.g4tv.com/xplay/videos/35353/Hands_On_Champions_Online_Part_Two.html for some reason their tail ends were cut off
People this game is not canceled! Stop freaking out. Atari bought the studio that is making "CO", Take two was publishing. Just put two and two together and calm down. sheesh.
No surprise there. Fewer companies involved, less money to have to share. Given Atari is publishing the retail version of EVE, plus The Witcher? Looks like they're wanting to get a name for themselves in RPG's.
I don't know. I was hyper-interested in this game when I heard about it, then I heard that the same devs behind City of Heroes was making it. Now, if CO is just another COH, I'll pass. I don't need to waste time on another "Treadmill Online" game.
We'll see. I'm interested in the gameplay- MMOs thus far have not had enough action for me. It feels more like I'm watching my guy fight, then actually fighting... click a button now and then... and wait for fights to be over so I can... well, do it again. Depending on how far this game diverges from that formula is how much I'll like it, I think. They say its going to be more "action packed" then other MMOs, but the videos so far don't seem to indicate that.
Settle down it's not like it's dead in the water. I suspect we will still see the game. Look at Brutal Legend and Riddick, you never know what's gonna happen.
Umm...big....deal?Different publisher, same game. BTW it's kinda funny that they didn't mention how Lucasarts is required by contract to at least semi-produce any game that uses the Star Wars license.Odd that they downplayed that.
Thats kinda sad i was looking forward to it, but what's the deal with the DC universe online I really want to play that one
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