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City of Heroes Going Free-to-Play

The City of Heroes Website announces that City of Heroes Freedom will launch later this year, brining a free-to-play component to Paragon Studios' MMORPG. This will be a hybrid method which will still include subscriptions as well as the ability to play gratis. There's an interview on the topic on Gamasutra, and here's word on what this means to existing subscribers:

All current City of Heroes subscribers will automatically be upgraded to VIP accounts when City of Heroes Freedom launches. When City of Heroes Freedom launches, you will continue to enjoy all of the subscription benefits and content you enjoy today, as well as brand-new exclusive rewards, features, and services. Additionally, beginning on July 1, 2011, you will earn 400 Paragon Points each month. When City of Heroes Freedom launches, you will become a VIP player, and you will start with a tidy sum of Paragon Points to spend in the new in-game Paragon Market.

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7. Re: City of Heroes Going Free-to-Play Jun 21, 2011, 15:16 kanniballl
Teddy wrote on Jun 21, 2011, 14:54:
Narf2029 wrote on Jun 21, 2011, 12:54:
It was a good ride while it lasted, but if my $15 a month doesn't continue to get me the same stuff it does now the ride is over. If it does, then hurrah so what, business as usual.

That's how LoTRO was when it went F2P. The subscription included everything it did before. The F2P section was just limited, forcing you to buy "nonessential" things like the riding skill, etc. Or pay for additional character slots beyond the (I think 3) you got for free.

For Champions Online...

Continued subscriptions get everything they used to get plus extra "gifts" after extra 100-or-so days (large bag, re-usable heal device, respecs, etc). And every month they get a small stipend/allowance of C-Store points to let you buy stuff you'd normally have to use cash-bought points for.

Thus far all Adventure Packs and such are accessible for free and from what I hear all new content will continue to be free. Though I haven't heard if they're ever going to do a full-out Expansion like CoV or Going Rogue.

The Free To Players lose a lot, but have most of the core game.
  • They do not have access to free-form, only pre-made sets/builds.

  • The don't have access to all power sets or travel powers, but they can buy "most" of them.

  • They have to pay for stuff like Adventure Packs

  • Smaller inventory slots, fewer costume slots, fewer characters, etc.

    "Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
    -Fry, Futurama
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