Bill Roper took time out of his hectic schedule to speak to us about the new later release date for Champions Online, and what it means for the game.

Fans will be glad to hear that Cryptic is taking advantage of the extra time to improve the game’s already smooth gameplay and announce some new features. Here’s what Bill had to say about Champions’ new schedule and what players can expect to see when the game goes on sale later this year:

“The big news this past week is the shift in our release date to September 1st. We’ve been getting some great feedback from all of you, and you’ve been seeing us implement changes based on it. We now have the chance to take the time to get things done right. This means adding a few last things to really smooth out the play experience, as well as doing huge amounts of balance, tuning, and polish. In fact, here’s an idea of what we’re all getting out of the extended schedule:

First and Foremost – TONS of Bug Fixes and Polish!
We want our launch to be as smooth as possible, with the game as polished as it can be. We’re glad to have the extra time to do so.

Crisis in Lemuria
This intense, story-driven introduction to Lemuria has groups of heroes directed to the lost undersea kingdom to assist a relief mission that has been attacked. Here they discover the dark secrets behind the violent civil war in Lemuria.

Crisis in Monster Island
This over-the-top, story-driven introduction to Monster Island sees groups of heroes taken to a mysterious tropical island where they uncover and thwart a plot to unleash giant monsters against the world. Ever wonder where Qwijibo and Megaterak come from? Now you’ll know.

Patrol Missions
These are random, instanced missions that are gained through rescuing civilians and uncovering evidence.

The Millennium Race
This is a city-wide challenge that is set on a series of different courses around Millennium City where heroes race against a clock to get the best daily time which is tracked on a leader board.

More Variety in Core Power Sets
Additional types of powers that enhance and augment the current power sets. This will allow more customization within our current sets, granting more options for players and increasing the overall appeal and flexibility of the powers system.

More Variety in Travel Powers
More unique travel powers, such as Ice Slide or Tunneling, are immensely popular with our players and allow for increased customization of heroes.

More Variety in Upgrades
The more hand-crafted, unique items we can offer players, the happier you are. We’ll be doing this in all areas of the game, especially crafting.”A huge thanks to Bill for speaking to us about this. Don’t forget to read our Champions Online hands on preview, and check back here at IncGamers for the very latest news on the game, as it happens.

Paul Younger
Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Founder of the world's first gaming cafe and Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

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