Champions Online is the longest running superhero massively multiplayer online roleplaying game. The game is developed by Cryptic Studios, the same company that developed the defunct City of Heroes. Originally published by Atari, Champions Online is now currently published by Perfect World Entertainment. Champions Online is based on the classic HERO System tabletop RPG, including its various heroes, villains, and settings. Champions Online debuted in September 2009 and is available for play on the Microsoft Windows platform. The game can be run through the ArcGames or Steam launchers.
How Many People Play Champions Online?
We estimate that 1,221 people play Champions Online per day, with a total player base of 64,279.
- Subscribers: 64,279
- Daily Players: 1,221
- Genres: RPG, Massively Multiplayer
- Platforms: PC
- Released: 2011-06-14
The Players and Daily login numbers are estimations based on subscriber numbers and online sentiment.
Champions Online Description
Champions Online is the premier superhero MMORPG that is not tied to a major IP. Originally intended to be the Marvel Superheroes MMO, it would later evolve into a stand-alone MMORPG using a variation of the HERO System ruleset.
Champions Online boasts perhaps the most customizable character creation system for any MMORPG. Players can select from one of the available Archetypes or use Freeform character slot. Archetypes are pre-built templates, though certain levels have options for players to choose. Freeform character slots in Champions Online offer the widest options, enabling the player to choose their own Powersets, Primary and Secondary Super Stats, Skills, and Specializations.
Moreover, characters in Champions Online can be customized any which way the player chooses. Although there are basic designs and templates to build on, Champions Online has one of the biggest costume and character modification feature of any MMO. Change the size and shape of the character's face, eyes, nose, head, neck, torso, arms, legs, and feet. Choose from thousands of costume pieces, such as helmets, eyewear, hats, armor, capes, backpacks, weapons, belts, skirts, and even textures. Although most of these features are cosmetic and many options have to be unlocked or purchased, pretty much any character you can imagine can be created in Champions Online.
Combat in Champions Online is extremely action-oriented. Battles are fought in real time, and the enemy A.I. will adjust accordingly depending on how players act. Champions Online also features a solid blocking mechanic, enabling players to mitigate damage and counter attack effectively. The Powers and Abilities in Champions Online allows players to take on any role such as Tank, Melee or Ranged DPS, Nuke, Support, or Hybrid builds.
There are also a ton of items, buffs, equipment, and devices to find and loot in Champions Online. Champions Online has less of an emphasis on weapons and gear, and more on building the stats such as Strength, Constitution, Dexterity, Endurance, Recovery, Intelligence, and Presence. All Super-Stats contribute to the character's damage calculation, players can build their character for maximum potential.
Champions Online has tons of missions to perform in and around Millenium City, including Open Missions against Cosmic-level threats like the kaiju-like creatures in Monster Island, the ancient god Kigatilik, or the otherworldly Eidolon of Destruction. Players in Champions Online can go solo or form teams and Super Groups. Forming Super Groups provide access to the Super Group shared bank and unlocks Costume Slots.
Champions Online has been consistently updated with new content, such as new missions, Endbosses, Enhancements, Vehicles, Lairs, Lockboxes, Gear, Sidekicks, Powersets and Travel Powers. There are also regular events such as the Snakegulch, Nighthawk, Bloodmoon, Forum Malvanum, Onslaught, and Anniversary celebrations.