Cryptic Studios, the developers behind City of Heroes, promises to categorically outdo their freshman super hero MMORPG with Champions Online. Based on the pen-and-paper RPG of the same name, Champions Online will offer a previously unseen level of customization when it launches for the PC and Xbox 360. Players will be able to customize not only their hero’s appearance and moveset, but design their very own super villian archenemy as well. Cryptic is remaining, well, cryptic as to when we might see the game on store shelves, but don’t count on playing City of Heroes’ spiritual sequel before 2009 at the earliest.
This announcement comes hot on the heels of Microsoft’s own announcement regarding their plans to scrap Marvel Online Universe, the Marvel-themed MMO that was being developed by Cryptic Studios for the Xbox 360 and PC. While it’s doubtful Cryptic’s work on Champions Online was affecting their Marvel MMO in any way, the company’s focus on only a single next-gen super hero MMO will no doubt improve the quality of the final product just the same. City of Heroes is still one of the most interesting and unique MMORPGs on the market today, and we expect Champions Online to have just as much staying power.