Champions Online
Champions Online For Xbox 360 Scrapped
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Cryptic Studios and Atari have been planning to bring heroic, comic book-inspired MMO, Champions Online to Xbox 360 for along time now, but have now decided to do away with a console version of the game altogether.

Towards the tail-end of its development cycle, Cryptic had announced that a 360 version would follow mere months after the PC release, which was September 2009. So, after more than six months of wondering whether we'd ever see Champions Online swooping onto 360, Cryptic COO Jack Emmert has finally confirmed that there are now no longer plans for a console iteration.

Writing on the Champions Online forums, Emmert stated, "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 Online."

Marketing and community manager Ivan Sulic echoed Emmert's statement to IGN saying, "We'd love to make console versions of all our games – every developer would like to see its games on as many platforms as possible – but we're focusing on expanding and improving Champs on PC because our fans are important to us."

And we were so sure that this was coming to the Xbox 360 that we even ran a preview, waaaaaaay back in September 2008. Looks like we'll be saving the high-flying heroics for another day.

[Via MCV]


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Comment #1 by WogDogg
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 05:26:16 AM
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Dammit! I wish my PC was good enough to run these bloody things lol.

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Comment #2 by zslux
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 05:30:10 AM
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Atleast they are looking out for the fans.

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Comment #3 by x 19 Luke 87 x
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 05:32:02 AM
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Still have FF11 though! So it's not a complete disaster.

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Comment #4 by DCDerekUSA
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 05:34:42 AM
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@ x 19 Luke 87 x

Does anyone still play FF11? I still have the game for the 360 but never bothered installing it because I thought it was a dead game

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Comment #5 by dirge
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 05:35:38 AM
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Gutted, me and my cousin were looking forward to this.

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Comment #6 by doomey
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 05:36:56 AM
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*this makes me a sad sad panda.

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Comment #7 by StarmanX22
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 05:37:17 AM
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Lame. I do think they need to make the PC version better before making console version. last time i played there were bugs everywhere..

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Comment #8 by Medaking
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 05:37:42 AM
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Meh the pc version sucked so I'm sure the console version wouldve been worse

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Comment #9 by Kayin
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 05:51:51 AM
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They've mentioned in the past that Microsoft's online plans and rules make it hard for MMO games to see the light of day. It's a bit of a shame, but what can you do?

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Comment #10 by DarthViscer
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 06:07:23 AM
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Bull, I hate developers sometimes.

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Comment #11 by GandalfStorm30
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 06:09:51 AM
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FF11 is a dead, its dead and boring, played the beta and thought it was rubbish, ancient text menus wtf ?

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Comment #12 by Xtrovert
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 06:35:46 AM
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not too bothered about this....still have DCU Online to look forward to on the PS3 =P

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Comment #13 by Atroxx70
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 06:39:32 AM
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@11 you're declaring a 6 year old game dead based on your experiences with the beta? I quit playing it like 3 years ago, but last I checked FFXI is still going pretty strong.

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Comment #14 by Rikutheal
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 06:40:57 AM
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FFXI is not dead in the slightest, anyone who says that has to get their head out of their ass. >.> It has 2 MILLION subsribers and is the biggest MMO in Japan and is quite big in Europe and the U.S.A.. They are releasing later this year an update to increase the level cap! This game is not dead lol!!!!

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Comment #15 by Forral
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 06:59:26 AM
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i hope APB comes out on 360 coz i dont have the funds to get a better pc these days to run it

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Comment #16 by noddegamra
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 07:15:51 AM
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Damn. I was looking forward ot that :-(

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Comment #17 by Dr Popodopolus
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 08:09:42 AM
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I agree #15 APB MUST come out on 360 it looks like the game I have been dreaming of for quite some time now.

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Comment #18 by MartyMcFly
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 09:05:22 AM
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Ah yes, can't forget about APB! It better not get scrapped like this did. Though I'm afraid it will happen :

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Comment #19 by R_A_LEE20
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 09:18:07 AM
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When are ever gonna get a new MMO on the 360?

If SE did it years ago with FF XI then how come no one has done one since. Hell that was even a port of the PC & PS2 versions so how hard can it be if they did it Multi-Cross Platform.

MMO's on the 360:
Age of Conan - AWOL
Huxley - AWOL
Champions Online - NUKED
Monster Hunter Frontier - TBC 2010

Final Fantasy XI
Phantasy Star Universe

Thats the only ones i can think of atm.

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Comment #20 by iruhlman
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 09:19:52 AM
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their loss

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Comment #21 by cool4joe
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 09:23:23 AM
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Whew that's good new, Champions Online sucked so much dick I felt homosexual just playing it.

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Comment #22 by xhunterrrr
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 09:32:17 AM
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That is a shame. I was looking forward to playing it...

@#21 - Way to be offensive. About half that comment was not needed.

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Comment #23 by Sm1ttySm1t
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 09:33:06 AM
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This shouldnt be a surprise, guys. MMO games on consoles are hard to do, and usually dont come off very well. When a game is announced as MMO AND console MMO, initial reactions should be that the console MMO will be delayed THEN cancelled.

history repeating itself.

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Comment #24 by Kamikze Ants
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 09:37:35 AM
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Champions Online for Xbox scrapped....For Star Trek Online??? I was so hoping when I saw that :(

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Comment #25 by Tekkie neXt
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 09:47:32 AM
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@#2 I guess they are, by not releasing their half assed MMOs, Cryptic seem to have been using the Quantity over Quality mantra on both Champs Online and Star Trek Online, they're both buggy, laggy and have poor combat, I spent 95% of my time in the STO beta pressing 1 to use the standard attack and it worked, the space fights are slow, unresponsive and overall dull, Champs isn't quite as bad, but it's just got no soul.

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Comment #26 by ViNyLek
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 10:28:13 AM
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Champions what?? Guess I will have to check it out on PC^^

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Comment #27 by Donutsan
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 10:47:59 AM
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damn, when are publishers going to realize there is a huge market waiting to be tapped on the 360. i long for the day when a good mmorpg comes to the system. guess i'll just have to keep waiting for the dc heroes one coming out on the ps3

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Comment #28 by Spawn 0f Hell
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 11:27:46 AM
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*sad face*

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Comment #29 by thegamingspoon
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 11:30:32 AM
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I was looking forward to this, so was alot of people I told about it... Considering it was supposed to be out ages ago and there have been no news for it for years it was inevitable they would say this

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Comment #30 by MetallicaDan
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 11:35:29 AM
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I'm disappointed in this. I was looking forward to playing Champions Online after I enjoyed City of Heroes so much before. I've since pretty much stopped gaming on my PC now as it would cost too much to run newer games at a half decent frame rate.

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Comment #31 by Cringer85
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 11:40:05 AM
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I would have loved to play it. But I would never pay the extra charge for a monthly subscription for a game, when I'm already paying a monthly subscription for my Gold account, might the game be ever so good.

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Comment #32 by Riddler81
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 12:04:39 PM
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Their loss. Console gamers crave MMOs while PCs have too many to choose from. Even though I know it will be PC only, here's hoping Bioware loves Microsoft enough for Old Republic on 360.

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Comment #33 by BillyKlyde
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 01:13:35 PM
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Fine with me. I was kind of looking forward to this but the more and more I saw it, it just became disappointing.

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Comment #34 by porkfriedtar
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 02:13:24 PM
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i played this game on the comp, wasn't very good so i dont mind em scrappin the console version

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Comment #35 by LegendaryMarvel
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 02:25:13 PM
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I figured this would end up happening.

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Comment #36 by iNf3Rn0 Lan
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 03:01:28 PM
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I loved this game like crazy back when I played it during the PC beta... I kinda thought it would never make it to 360 though. My laptop works well with PC games, but not well enough for a good longterm experience. Plus, I'd be alone (my friends and I were going to get it for 360) playing it, and that's NOT what I want in an MMO. Online friends only go so far.

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Comment #37 by Zinsch
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 03:57:44 PM
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Dagnammit. Was looking forward to this, but if they were going to make a mess of the console version then it's for the better. Hopefully we'll get some version in the future.

@6, lol, been too long since I heard that!

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Comment #38 by neoxbomb
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 03:58:42 PM
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jesus.. werent these the guys that were supposed to bring us the Marvel MMO also? eff these guys! im done with them.

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Comment #39 by rvlution
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 04:05:55 PM
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I saw this coming a while back. Very unfortunate

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Comment #40 by metallicorphan
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 06:16:16 PM
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i loved FF11 on the 360,great stuff

shame this has gone the same way as True Fantasy online,Huxley(MMOFPS) and that Marvel superheroes one,which i was quite interested in

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Comment #41 by Its Fooga
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 07:22:18 PM
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Oh well, I played the beta for this sucked. PC can keep it.

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Comment #42 by toonsage
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 07:36:43 PM
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aww...i was looking forward to playing this T.T guess ill have to play on my laptop whenever i get it fixed T.T

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Comment #43 by pot
Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 11:06:37 PM
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Champions Online (along with Star Trek online) was trash, thank god it's stench didn't touch the 360.

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Comment #44 by Rastaman20
Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 03:15:27 AM
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omfg are you serious? then why do these PC gmaeing companies even excite us like this??? first APB and now champions online? heres what i got to say FUCK THE PC!!!!!!!!!!!! CREATE CONSOLE VERSIONS!!!!!!! im not spending 5 grand on a fucking PC just to run a damn videogame on mid graphics ya faggelnorts

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Comment #45 by Accel Dance
Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 05:23:17 AM
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Who even plays PC games anymore? The only games the PC is king at now are strategy games. The only reason I have a good computer is for the Total War series and a few Command and Conquers

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Comment #46 by theultimate13x
Saturday, March 27, 2010 @ 09:40:55 PM
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Hello all,

I just wanted to direct you to the link above where I had posted over on the forums to community members interested in the game. It's about the free Weekend promotion this game is having for their current subs and to entice new subs. Even though the game is now likely never coming to the Xbox 360 console, that does not mean you can't play the game mostly with your Xbox 360 controller with a PC connected to a HDTV screen via HDMI to get a console-like experience.

Where I created a thread about this promotion:


- Lucky

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