‘Champions Online‘ has recently relaunched itself as a hybrid-F2P title under the moniker ‘Champions Online: Free For All’. To be honest, I have never been a fan of the whole F2P movement, and have always hated most of the things associated with it, things, such as like in-game item shops and XP potions. However this one time, I find myself strangely in support of, and indeed applauding Cryptic’s switch to the hybrid-F2P model.
Instead of doing the obvious today and talk about ‘Free For All’, I thought I would instead bring to your attention, the return of the ‘Blood Moon’ event from 2009. This special event heralds the return of one of the worlds most evil villians – Takofanes, the Undying Lord!
“There is a chill wind blowing through Millennium City. The moon has taken on a sinister aspect, staining the sky a bloody red. The superhero Witchcraft, of the Champions, warns that this is a dire portent of an approaching mystical threat. There have been sightings of strange creatures emerging across the world, those of savage werewolves and flesh-craving zombies. Even worse, they bear with them the tidings of a great evil returning to the world… Takofanes, the Undying Lord!
When Takofanes last strode across North America he killed all who crossed him to swell the ranks of his undead army. The first attempt America’s superheroes made to stop him resulted in the death of half a dozen of them. A second more concentrated attempt managed to drive Takofanes from the battlefield, but he could not be defeated. Now Takofanes has returned once again with hordes of his minions, citing prophecies of doom and proclaiming his coming reign over humanity!”
This was by far one of my favourite MMO events of all time. It came with an interesting background story, and was amazingly atmospheric, with graphical changes which affected the entire game world. The event offered perks and activities across all the zones, and was available for players of all levels. Not only that, the event also made some permanent additions to the game, including the introduction of an exciting new powerset, as well as a brand new PvP mini-event that featured zombies (and hey, who doesn’t love zombies?). This truly was an amazing event, and I look forward to its return- infact, at the time of this posting, this event should already be live. Currently the event is scheduled for two days only, but is set to return as a regular monthly event. With ‘Free For All’ relaunch, and now the return of ‘Blood Moon’, there has never been a better to try out (or return to) the exciting world of ‘Champion Online’.
NOTE: Blood Moon will start at 4pm PST / 7pm EST on Friday, February 25, 2011 and will end at 11:59pm PST / 2:59pm EST on Sunday, February 27, 2011 and should return with each full moon for one day.
You can check out ‘Champions Online’ at <http://www.champions-online.com/>.