Chalk up yet another MMORPG that’s ditching the subscription model: Cryptic’s popular superhero RPG Champions Online is set to relaunch as a free-to-play on January 25th. For the unbelievable price of zero dollars a month, players get access to the core game, with the option to pay for further sidequests and other premium gear and content.
Considering the success of other MMOs in switching to the free-to-play model, I’m not surprised Cryptic’s going this route. I have to say though, this seems like an absolute kick in the dick to SOE, who released DC Universe Online, a similar superhero MMO, just this week. Sure, DCUO has the branding power, but it also has a monthly subscription. I guess time will tell as to which one triumphs.