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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  1. ReflexMan on September 24, 2011

    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 :))))))))!

  2. killer on August 13, 2011

    i which world of warcraft gets f2p it will be like 100mil players

  3. SimpleSyborg on July 1, 2011

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

  4. decadenced on June 26, 2011

    waiting for Blade and Soul , the best so far

  5. pedro on June 23, 2011

    It’s a good game but a prefer champios online

  6. Ahmed Sameh on June 23, 2011

    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

  7. NinjaBird on June 23, 2011

    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)

  8. jfk35824 on June 23, 2011

    @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.

  9. Stacy Raven on June 23, 2011

    Waiting for TERA and Guild Wars 2…

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  11. daica on June 22, 2011

    wow i waited for like 3 years

  12. phonz on June 22, 2011

    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

  13. fernandowtlk on June 22, 2011

    what idiot pay for this little shit?

  14. Ahmed Sameh on June 22, 2011

    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 😀

  15. Artorix on June 22, 2011


  16. reivax200 on June 22, 2011

    and city of villains?

    • Gristagius on June 22, 2011

      You can choose to be a hero or a villan (Villans in Rogue City)

    • phonz on June 22, 2011

      yeah I think Hero and Villains are free, but im pretty sure the Going Rogue expansion is limited to the VIP players. Or maybe they just meant the missions?

  17. Nox on June 22, 2011

    Are super groups guilds or parties? Either way a free user can’t make or join one, which rather sucks.

    • phonz on June 22, 2011

      “Super Group” is basically a guild,
      parties are referred to as “Teams” in this game.

      Kind of sucks Free players don’t have access to Whisper or Day Jobs. I love the day job feature in this game.

  18. Joey on June 22, 2011

    Wow, seems everything is going Free-2-Play now, huh?

    • GamingKatze on June 22, 2011

      Waiting for Aion still lol, it’s inevitable from what I have seen of the server merges and customer drop offs lately. Lots of promises the game isn’t keeping :/

      • Chibi on June 22, 2011

        Play on a private server…plenty of them out there. there is a few that even have more features than retail

        • GamingKatze on June 23, 2011

          Naw I’ll wait for official, it’ll happen and I’ve never personally trusted private servers for .. well personal reasons.

    • Gristagius on June 22, 2011

      Waiting for WAR to go F2P. But i read that EA took Mythic’s devs for other projects

      • Nox on June 22, 2011

        Yeah, they made it quite clear they don’t care about the game, even the Eastern localization project was dropped.

    • huasahuasahusaausausa on June 23, 2011

      yea…it´s the better business model…lots of games went F2P….Lord of the Ring..Dungeons & Dragons, Champions Online, Global Agenda…and many will follow

    • jacky on June 25, 2011

      i know tf2, thisgame, and legouniverse,etc.

    • Ashibayai on June 27, 2011

      Well they make more money this way. They were planning on making TF2 be F2P for a couple days as a special (they were planning it since the mannconomy update) but they noticed they were making more money off of their cosmetic item sales than they were off of purchases. The thing with subscriptions is what keep the tight wallets away. While if they like a free game they are much for inclined to buy extras with real cash. 20 usd here and there is better than them spending their money on a different game. So free is the best solution to make more money. And more money means, harder workers, more workers, dedicated and happy workers, which means updates and other goodies in much more fashionable time.
      In short: Yay Money! 😀