BackgroundChampions Online is a massively multiplayer online role playing game.
Earth's first and best line of defense is its heroes. For generations, brave men and women have answered the call to protect the world from the villains who threaten its safety and security.
Today, organizations such as VIPER, ARGENT and PSI use both superpowers and super technology in their dastardly plots to control the world. Creatures from outer space and other dimensions seek to enslave humanity. The dread Takofanes wields dark magicks of unspeakable power. Super scientist Teleios is creating an army of clones and superpowered constructs to do his bidding, while the robot Mechanon makes plans to cleanse the planet of all organic life.
The greatest threat of all is Doctor Destroyer. A superhuman genius driven to conquer, Destroyer will not stop until all of humanity bends knee to his greatness. In 1992, Destroyer obliterated the city of Detroit and killed thousands. With years to prepare, his next attack is sure to put the entire planet in peril.
Led by The Champions, protectors of Millennium City, the world's heroes have launched a crusade for peace, security and justice. But they need allies. Defender is calling for a new generation of superheroes to fight in a war against evil that spans the globe — and beyond.
FeaturesThe First True Action MMORPG
Be the Hero You Want To Be
Official URLOfficial Site
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Champions Online publisher, Cryptic Studios, is offering for a while longer, a closed beta for the MMO.
quote Champions Online ForumsLos Gatos, CA October 10, 2008 Cryptic Studios announced today that players can now sign up for a chance to participate in the first closed beta for Champions Online, an action massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) slated for release in the spring of 2009. This PC specific beta begins in mid-November 2008 and players sign up by visiting http://www.champions-online.com/preview_application.
This closed beta is an exciting step in the evolution of Champions Online, said Jack Emmert, chief creative officer for Cryptic Studios. All of us here in the Cryptic offices have been playing the game for a while now, and were excited to invite others in to have as much fun with Champions Online as weve been having internally.
Champions Online gives players the power of total customization for their hero experience while they explore a vast comic book universe. Gamers create their heros name, back story, costume, powers and abilities as well as design their own personal nemesis and his or her back story, which will guarantee a truly unique experience.
Champions Online is being developed by Cryptic Studios as a cross-platform project including PC and current gen console systems, and is published by 2K Games, the publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO).
To participate with the beta, users must register to the Champions Online site and apply for the beta.
This game is being published by 2K Games and will appear "exclusively" on the 360 and PC platforms. The game used to go by "Marvel Universe Online" and is in competition with the Sony exclusive, DC Universe Online, which will be released on the PC and PS3.
My personal presumption is that the initial name was dropped and "canceled" to gain some popularity for the idea and dredge up some more attention for Microsoft. Now they are potentially gaining the upperhand over DCUO by released the beta before SCEA can.
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