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Champions Online goes free to play January 25

Superhero MMOG will no longer require a subscription

Atari and Cryptic Studios have announced that the free-to-play update to superhero MMORPG Champions Online will launch worldwide on January 25.

It'll enable users to play everything freely with the exception of special Adventure Packs.

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Those who still fancy shelling out cash will also be able to purchase gameplay upgrades and additional premium content from the web-based and in-game C-Store, while current players can continue subscribing for $14.99 per month to unlock most extra content and features.

"It's a genuine pleasure to be able to announce our release date for Champions Online: Free for All," said Cryptic CEO John Needham.

"On January 25, 2011, any gamer or would-be superhero can play within the ever-improving world of Champions Online for no cost."

We guess it's an ideal time to launch the game's free-to-play model, what with the subscription-only DC Universe Online hitting store shelves this week.

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