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Champions Online no longer coming to consoles, says Cryptic

Wednesday, 24th 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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  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 4 years ago
  2. endgame

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

    #2 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  11. NoxNoctisUmbra

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

    #11 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago