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Champions Online Announced

This press release officially announces Champions Online, an MMORPG in the works at Cryptic Studios based on the Champions pen-and-paper superhero RPG. The game was first revealed on the cover of an issue of Game Informer Magazine (story), but the announcement offers first details, including a Spring 2009 release date, and word that the connection between Champions and Champions Online will extend to information about the MMORPG being included in the sixth edition of the HEROES system and Champions rulebooks, which will be released around the time of the game. The Champions Online Website is live, offering information, forums, a developer blog by Jack Emmert on the new game, and more. Here's the announcement:

LOS GATOS, CA--(Marketwire - February 20, 2008) - Cryptic Studios™, one of the leading independent developers of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), announced today Champions Online™, their first ever self-developed and self-published MMORPG. Champions Online, based on the popular pen-and-paper Champions RPG, will give players the power of total customization of their hero experience while they explore a vast universe of richly detailed 3D environments. Champions Online is slated for release in Spring 2009.

Cryptic Studios also announced today that it has acquired the Champions intellectual property (IP) from Hero Games. First published in 1981, the Champions role-playing game is one of the first RPGs to forgo the traditional dice-rolling system of character generation in favor of a point-based system. Cryptic Studios has licensed back to Hero Games the rights to produce Champions RPG books, and the sixth edition of the HERO System and Champions, set to release in 2009, will include rules on how to recreate Champions Online characters and scenarios.

"We thought carefully about which IP to select for our next game," said Jack Emmert, chief creative officer of Cryptic Studios. "I've been playing the Champions RPG since it first came out and I love both the rich history and wide array of compelling characters which made this an obvious choice for Cryptic Studios."

"I am very excited to be working on Champions," said Michael Lewis, president of Cryptic Studios. "We have a powerful development team, a better engine, more resources, and a vision for a new kind of MMO experience. Bringing the operating side of the business in-house enables us to be more efficient, get our developers even closer to the customer, and ultimately make a better game and long-term experience."

Champions Online is all about total customization -- it will offer a near infinite amount of character customization so that all players will have a unique game experience. Gamers will be able to create their hero's name, back story, costume, powers and abilities as well as design their own personal arch-enemy and his or her back story, which will guarantee a truly unique experience.

"Champions Online brings a lot to the table. Gamers have literally billions of options to create their own fully customized hero," Emmert said. "Couple that with the unique character generation system and tons of beautiful, expansive environments in which to roam, and Champions Online is going to be unlike anything MMO fans have seen before."

For more information on Champions Online and Cryptic Studios please check out the feature story in the March issue of Game Informer magazine on newsstands now, www.crypticstudios.com, and www.champions-online.com to view character profiles, gameplay trailers, and forums.

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13. Re: No subject Feb 21, 2008, 01:43 Cutter
 
Hell, I'd LOVE to see a MOG based on the Wild Cards series. Just imagine the RP possibilities - not to mention fun - of playing an Ace or a Joker. I'm going to pick up the new book soon. I hear it's quite good.

Tor just launched a new site for them too.

http://www.wildcardsbooks.com/

Anyone who digs the superhero/villain thing and has never read any of the Wild Cards books should. Roger Zelazny's Croyd Crenson = best hero ever!


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