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.