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Champions Online no longer coming to consoles, says Cryptic

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 19:06 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Cryptic has revealed that it no longer has “current plans for a console version” of Champions Online.

According to a post over on the official Champions Online forums, Cryptic COO Jack Emmert stated that “100% of our focus is on making the current PC product the best it can be. There are no current plans for a console version of Champions.”

The PC version of the game was released back in September 2009 and was supposed to hit Xbox 360 at the same time.

However, according to an interview VG247 had with Emmert back in August, Microsoft was dragging it’s feet a bit on bringing the MMO to the console.

“It just takes time for the big beast known as Microsoft to get moving, ” he told Pat during a podcast. “I really have no explanation other than that, because it’s as baffling to developers as it is to everyone else.”

News like this does not bode well for the future of MMOs on consoles as tiles Marvel Universe Online, Funcom’s Age of Conan and others seem to have been forgotten or halted for one reason or another.

Square’s Final Fantasy XI hit Xbox 360 in April 2006, FFXIV is coming to PS3, and Capcom plans to release Monster Hunter Frontier to Xbox 360.

Those will more than likely not get swept aside. Almost guaranteed.

Thanks: Shack, Team Xbox.

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18 Comments

  1. Vistrix

    Same thing will most likely happen with Age of Conan.

    Developers are picking the wrong console platform for an MMO. No doubt there were too many hurdles on the Xbox.

    The PS3 seems to be the better suited platform for MMOs. Full mouse / keyboard support (ANY keyboard & mouse), custom file mod capabilities (e.g. UT mods), no additional fee for online play, guaranteed hard drive support.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. endgame

    after milking the sh1t out of the pc crowd i guess they don’t need to go there anymore.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    From what i’ve heard the game is pretty bad anyway. Whilst i was posting in the StarTrek Online forums during the beta it was only ever brought up as an example of what an MMO shouldnt be like.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Hunam

    It’s not really very good at all. There is like 3 proper zones which are split into subzones that all look pretty much the same. It just feels like a cheap product.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    Not a huge fan of MMOs especially after WoW. But I played this for 3 months its not bad at all it brings something to the table like the ability to customize your character.

    But as I said I don’t like MMOs, I hate being forced to play with others to see end game content, the whole social aspect annoys me about them.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. frostquake

    Considering I only Netbook now, and I am done with the upgrade race that the PC requires every 3-6 months, unless they bring it to the Console, then I will never get to play MMO’s. I have 7 outdated PC’s sitting in my house right now…I am done done done with the PC Upgrade RACE!!!!

    #6 5 years ago
  7. 13years

    odd, how everyone assumes MMO’s should be fun for years and years.

    Maybe Champions or StarTrek will not hold you over for a year. But getting 3 months worth of fun out any game is a job very well done.

    Especially when you do the $/hours of use that publishers like to talk about.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight

    I played maybe 12 hours a week on that game. I played WoW since release until about last summer. The hours varied when I first started maybe 40 hours a week and ended to 12 hours a week. WoW brought a lot more fun to me than Champions imo.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. 13years

    “I am done done done with the PC Upgrade RACE!!!!”

    Except for that $1,000 New LCD you will spend to play Console games in all their glory. Plus your going to want surround sound speakers. Will that be 3, 5 or 7?

    Opps, your receiver does not support HDMI? Going to need a new one of those. Will need some cables for that as well. $$

    #9 5 years ago
  10. 13years

    “WoW brought a lot more fun to me than Champions imo.”

    Sorry, I was not trying to compare which game was more fun. Instead saying any game that catches someones attention for 12 hours a week for 3 months is not such a bad deal.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. NoxNoctisUmbra

    I agree with Comment #1, PS3 is way better suited for MMO over Xbox Live

    #11 5 years ago
  12. f1r3storm

    “Except for that $1,000 New LCD you will spend to play Console games in all their glory. Plus your going to want surround sound speakers. Will that be 3, 5 or 7?

    Opps, your receiver does not support HDMI? Going to need a new one of those. Will need some cables for that as well. $$”

    You know, TVs actually last for lots of years, as do the other parts. In the meantime you have to upgrade your PC like every two years to be up to date. And even if it’s only GPU, CPU and RAM, it still is a lot of money.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Dralen

    “You know, TVs actually last for lots of years, as do the other parts. In the meantime you have to upgrade your PC like every two years to be up to date. And even if it’s only GPU, CPU and RAM, it still is a lot of money.”

    Yeah…and so are those console games that you have to buy. Anyway, there usually double the price of PC games, its all adds up to the same in the end. You just got to be smart about when you upgrade and not get madly carried away like I do :P.

    Besides…the way I see it, if your gonna have a PC you might as well have a good one.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Michael O’Connor

    “I am done with the upgrade race that the PC requires every 3-6 months”

    The PC has stopped being an “upgrade race” for a while now. Not only are computers at a all time low price point(even before the recession), but the speedy nature in which PCs upgraded has significantly slowed down in the last two years.

    This fact goes strongly against Moore’s Law ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore's_law ), which used to believe that the power of a PC could roughly double every two years, which is simply not the case anymore.

    It is estimated that within a decade or so, the process of technological hardware advancement will become entirely redundant. It has already gotten to the point where each incremental upgrade to PC architecture occurs far less often than it used to, and in much smaller steps.

    As a perfect example, DirectX11 is focused almost entirely on letting you do more with the same amount of power, rather than adding more features that require more processing power. Why? Because hardware is slowly stalling.

    Any PC you construct right now with decent, gaming-capable hardware won’t set you back more than $500 – $700, and that will last you for at least another 2 or 3 years of perfectly smooth gaming.

    Anyone who still believes that PC gaming is some sort of super-expensive hobby that requires constant investment is living in the stone age. This is a simple fact.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Stephany Nunneley

    Phoenixblight – If you’re tired of WoW come to LotRO. Seriously. No one acts like a nub, and you don’t have to play in a group anymore to finish the main questline -at least in Volume 1 now which is 15 chapters. I am the exact same way. I prefer solitary gameplay over running around with a bunch of people. Thankfully the Kin I am in is made up of people over the age of 28 with kids, wives, jobs etc. Not a bunch of 15 yos, which while they are around in the game, they tend to behave themselves. The community just won’t stand for nonsense. Plus – it’s a gorgeous game.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. theevilaires

    “Microsoft was dragging it’s feet a bit on bringing the MMO to the console”.

    doesn’t anyone realize the real reason M$ won’t allow MMORPG’s on their console…..hello xbox live sub!

    They are already brain fucking people into believing that you must pay $50 to play with your friends online. If they allowed a monthly fee on top of live the consumer would snap the hell out of the spell M$ has over them and they would eventually lose those $50 live accounts.

    Who in their damn right mind is going to pay $50-$75 for internet + $50 xbox live sub + $12-20 monthly fee just to get to the highest level cap in a damn imaginary game world. Thats the reason why they drag their feet. They don’t want you idiots to wake up and demand free online play at least.

    let me ask you this. That Facebook and twitter update is only for Gold members right. Its suppose to bring so much better value to LIVE right. Then explain to me why the cost of LIVE didn’t rise in price to say $55 a year.

    You know why, cause what they are offering is total bullshit that’s why. They know Facebook and twitter have no fucking value and you can get it free on the PS3 and your PC…or MAC :P Its just another scam so you can pay for LIVE and since Facebook and twitter are free anyway it doesn’t present the same threat of losing Gold members like a MMORPG.

    And that’s my theory of why they canceled that Marvel MMO but the DC MMO for PS3 is still being planned.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. endgame

    @O’Connor well said!

    @13years what u ppl don’t get is that it’s not about the game, it’s about the ppl u r playing with. u should have figured that out by now after years of playing mmos.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Joe_Gamer

    MS wants a piece of the subscriptions, but that kills the profit margins since cryptic still has to pay for the servers. There will probably be no MMO’s on 360, the MMO style, one game and then subscriptions forever hurts MS unless they get a large part of the subscription.

    They would much rather just sell you more games and take 25% of that. I think PS3 has an MMO or two but lets be honest they’ve never had the volume that the 360 had, they also get revenue for blu-ray licensing, etc. It all comes down to greed and maximizing profit, that’s the world of console gaming.

    #18 5 years ago

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    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]

  • SteamVR: Valve’s Lighthouse tech allows you to walk around while playing

    SteamVR’s key differentiator is a piece of tech allowing headsets to connect with other devices for extra accurate, room-scale tracking. Valve has announced a new bit of technology called Lighthouse, which it is making freely available to any hardware manufacturer. Like the extra tracking LEDs on Sony’s updated Project Morpheus, Lighthouse improves the headset’s accuracy, […]

  • Steam Machines, Controller, streaming box to launch in November

    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]