City of Heroes Goes Free to Play

MMOBomb Staff
By MMOBomb Staff, June 22, 2011

NCsoft and Paragon Studios announced that the world’s top comic book inspired Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game is putting the power of choice into players’ hands by making the City of Heroes franchise available to everyone. Arriving later this year, City of Heroes Freedom is a compelling new way for Paragon Studios to deliver more content to more players than ever before.

Freedom means that everyone can customise 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 unrivalled 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 1st, 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 City of Heroes franchise is already packed with unequalled 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.

For more information on today’s announcement, an FAQ and a summary of benefits for VIP Members and Free Players, please visit

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Discussion (30)

ReflexMan 10 years ago
I made an account at NCSoft succesfully ! but i can not login in on city of hereos freedom !
when it will be free to play? and if i need to pay and cd key or something ! pleaze give me an answer :))))))))!

killer 10 years ago
i which world of warcraft gets f2p it will be like 100mil players

10 years ago
Anyone know an exact date or month City of Heroes is gonna go free?

decadenced 10 years ago
waiting for Blade and Soul , the best so far

pedro 10 years ago
It's a good game but a prefer champios online

10 years ago
no wonder they went free to play ! No1 would be stupid enough to pay for this Win-98 Game .... if u like super heroes just play champions ! Its free and at least it has the graphics for it

NinjaBird 10 years ago
just 1 thing,dont try if urnt gona go VIP, this game is totally useless for F2P and Premiums (good for VIPS)

i thought gamersfirst was worth but i found that these guys r even ****.

JUST 1 THING DONT TRY THIS. (well champions online is better)

pawmen 10 years ago
@Stacy Raven: heh. i'm with you. Lusting for GW2 in a big way. I like Champions personally, but will probably take the time to re-visit CoH/X, if for nostalgia's sake if nothing else. If XP debt is still an issue for f2p players, then I may or may not stay long. XP debt almost made me drop the game when i was paying. I think the "star" system in CO actually works better....we'll see.

Stacy Raven 10 years ago
Waiting for TERA and Guild Wars 2...

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hdzotvpro 10 years ago

daica 10 years ago
wow i waited for like 3 years

10 years ago
CoH is an awesome MMO title. It's rich with content and unique super hero gameplay.
Unlike Champions online, this MMO actually felt heavily influenced by comic designs.
How they deal with instances in this game is just awesome and I can not wait to play this game with my penny-less friends

10 years ago
what idiot pay for this little shit?

10 years ago
Wow !!! Recently Most of the P2P games Companies Realized that F2P Gets them more profit than P2P ( Except WoW , Bcus this game Gains alot of money ... even though they will get more if the make it f2p ) Take Dungeons and Dragons for Example , When it was p2p it almost shutdown .. But when it changed its style to f2p they became the 3rd best MMORPG :D

essa 10 years ago

sibc3s88 10 years ago
and city of villains?

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m.shinigami 10 years ago
Are super groups guilds or parties? Either way a free user can't make or join one, which rather sucks.

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mango2 10 years ago
Wow, seems everything is going Free-2-Play now, huh?

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