Cryptic Studios has announced that the free to play version of their superhero MMORG Champions Online will launch on 25 January.
Now going free to play and supported by micro transactions through Adventure Packs, items, powers and costume pieces. Players can still subscribe as Gold members which unlocks most of the content. The Free for All features include:

Play Everything – With the exception of special Adventure Packs, all the content in Champions Online: Free for All is available to every player. Once a player enters a location within the MMO game world, nothing is off-limits!  
Unlimited Play Time – Play as much as you like, as long as you like, at absolutely no cost. No subscription or credit card required.
Your Own Hero, Your Own Story – Become a hero, encounter his or her Nemesis, and advance to maximum level at no cost.
Play Your Way – Utilize the optional web-based and in-game C-Store to purchase gameplay upgrades or additional premium content.

“It’s a genuine pleasure to be able to announce our release date for Champions Online: Free for All,” said John Needham, CEO, Cryptic Studios. “On January 25, 2011, any gamer or would-be superhero can play within the ever-improving world of Champions Online for no cost whatsoever.”
Despite some amazing character customisation, probably the best we have seen in any MMO to date, the game never really took off. Going free to play seems the best option to secure the future of the game and the current player base.

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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