Veteran MMO City of Heroes has announced that it will move to a free to play model later this year and will see current subscribers known as ‘VIP players’ while others play for free, with micro transactions integrated through an in-game store. City of Heroes will also include a loyalty system to offer subscriber like benefits to those who do not take out a subscription, but do purchase a significant amount of in game items. Free to play players can achieve a level cap of 50 and will be able to create a couple of characters across all servers…….
City of Heroes Freedom is a new way for Paragon Studios to deliver more content to more players than ever before. What is means really, is that the game is going free-to-play and that existing players will turn into premium players and subscribers will be VIP players. Freedom means that everyone can customize their experience – those who wish to play an unparalleled amount of content for free can do so, while those who wish to enjoy a premium experience can do so as well. Players who want to enjoy the unrivaled free experience will be able to fight and fly their way to level 50 with full access to Hero and Villain zones, choosing the specific pieces of content they want. Players that decide to subscribe will enjoy all current subscriber benefits as well as new VIP exclusive benefits, content and services. City of Heroes Freedom will reward its loyal players through a value-packed Paragon Rewards program that provides bonus content tailored to each player’s preferences. Ranging from powers and costume sets, to unique visual effects and consumables, these all-new items are rewarded monthly and chosen by the player.
Additionally, starting July 1, current subscribers will begin accumulating 400 Paragon Points every month up until launch, giving loyal customers unprecedented rewards and options when City of Heroes Freedom arrives. These points can be used to purchase hundreds of costumes, items, services and consumables available via the in-game Paragon Market (co-developed by online transaction leaders, PlaySpan) and will be available to use on the first day of launch. The Paragon Rewards program will offer:
- Veteran Rewards credit that translates into Paragon Rewards credit.
- New accountwide permanent rewards.
- Rewards you can redeem more than once–if you want to.
- A flexible choice on which reward you earn next.
- An easy way to see your current standing in the Paragon Rewards program.
All City of Heroes Freedom players will be able to use the Paragon Rewards program to select from rewards that include costume parts, powers, auras, badges, account wide enhancements and services, and repeatable monthly rewards. The City of Heroes franchise is already packed with unequaled content and features, with 20 free expansions, more than 1,600 missions and 375,000 user-generated missions. Now with Freedom, Paragon is delivering more content, more often and spearheading this charge is Issue 21: Convergence. Issue 21, which launches alongside Freedom, is packed with some of the highest-quality content yet including First Ward – a dynamic new co-op zone that is gripped in conflict – as well as a new Power Set, the highly-anticipated Underground Incarnate Trial and two full costume sets. Along with a completely new starting experience and a greatly enhanced character creator, Issue 21 offers content for new, returning and veteran players. In addition to more Issues delivered more frequently, players can look forward to unique content such as monthly Signature Story Arcs (free for VIP Players) that will empower players to make a difference in the City of Heroes universe by fighting alongside iconic heroes and villains as the story unfolds.
City of Heroes Freedom and Issue 21: Convergence will be launching simultaneously later this year and players can get their first experience with the game at San Diego Comic Con. New and existing fans are encouraged to stay tuned to the City of Heroes website for more information about Paragon Rewards, Issue 21, and more. New players and join and play for free up until level 50, they get 45 game zones 8 character archetypes and 105 power sets, costumes for two characters and access to the online store. VIP Players are players who are currently paying City of Heroes as customer. You will also get exclusive content and ’priority treatment.’ In addition to the free stuff that everyone gets you also get 12 character slots, 400 Paragon points per month, VIP content (like Going Rogue and Signature Story Arc) free, one free character transfer per month, priority queuing, and VIP customer support as well as access to the VIP-only server.
- Play for Free:
- Play as a Hero or Villain for up to Level 50.
- Play up to two characters (total).
- Select from 8 character archetypes and over 100 power sets.
- Play in 45 different game zones.
- VIP Players:
- Existing City of Heroes subscribers retain all benefits, including 12 character slots per server.
- Receive 400 Paragon Points a month to use in the Paragon Market.
- Experience VIP content, including the City of Heroes Going Rogue™ expansion.
- Play on a VIP-only server.
- Enjoy one free character transfer per month, priority queuing, and VIP customer support.
- Returning City of Heroes Players:
- Get everything that play-for-free players get.
- Retain everything you already purchased or unlocked, including character slots, super boosters, expansions, Veteran Rewards, and Epic archetypes.