Back in May, PWE surprised Star Trek Online players by effectively discontinuing the game’s optional monthly subscriptions, replacing them with a starter pack that allowed everyone to permanently unlock most of the stuff they were getting with that sub. Now it appears it’s doing the same thing for Champions Online, which was also a hybrid free-to-play title.
“We’re making a change to how subscriptions work in Champions Online,” the studio posted today. “The Lifetime Subscription will still be available and unchanged, but we’re shifting away from monthly subscriptions. As of June 7th, those subscriptions will no longer be available on our website. Instead, we’re replacing them with a brand new purchasable pack, Premium Pack.”
The pack includes six character slots, 40 auction slots, the 200K G limit, a level 40 retcon, a pair of costume tokens, plus a ton of costume sets and travel powers, all for 1500 ZEN. Anyone’s who’s previously subbed can grab the pack for free from the cash shop, with a “a separate purchase available to former Gold or Lifetime members that will add any items you don’t currently own to your account.” Like STO, Champs will allow anyone with an existing sub to continue it (and continue racking up bonus currency every month).
As our tipster noted, the game’s community remains rather small – but loyal – so overall the game’s monetization likely won’t change much, and you’ll still be playing through the nose for freeform character slots. It appears as if lifetimer subbers won’t be losing anything beyond the dose of unique monthly items (the “monthly subscriber rewards”). The freebie character slot at level 40 for subbers and lifetime subbers is also going away.
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