Another MMO has been bit by the free to play bug today, as Atari. and Cryptic Studios release the Champions Online: Free For All update for their lauded MMO title. Essentially, the game itself is intact and free, but things like Adventure packs, items, powers, and costume pieces can be bought from the in-game or web-based C-Store. Existing players can continue, and new players can opt into, regular subscriptions as Gold Members for $14.99 a month with “most” of the game’s content as well as some extra features.
Lord of the Rings Online went free to play a few months ago and the team members have boasted extremely positive results with the new business model. With no credit card needed, and the entire game world open to you, there’s really no reason for any MMO enthusiast to shy away from this one.