Pull out your spandex, after a noticeably lengthy period without a major content update, the superhero-filled cities of Champions Online are once again under a new form of peril, thanks to the deeds of one mechanical supervillain named Mechanon. Introduced in the Steel Crusade update, Mechanon has a penchant for causing the citizens of Champions Online to spontaneously combust, which isn’t something that’s particularly enjoyable, at least for the citizens.

To stop him players are being sent to space, where they’ll need to destroy Mechanon and his nanovirus facility to curb an impending attack on the entire world. To help battle Mechanon, Cryptic recently introduced the new Reawakened Automaton archetype, which is only available to players who’ve reached level 40 on another character.

New powers with names like ‘Rocket Punch’, ‘Gauntlet Chainsaw’, and ‘Orbital Cannon’ will only be available to Automaton players, which means players looking to mix-and-match these new abilities using their freeform characters won’t be able to do so, at least for now.

Overall, the Steel Crusade update strings players along a lengthy mission chain while serving up three new instances to tackle. Later on in the chain as players take the fight to Mechanon in space, they’ll gain access to the new Gateway space station, which will serve as a new hub area for current and future missions also in space.

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


  1. City of Heroes (R.I.P) was the best SuperHeroMMO Champions its like CoH little cousin but its just not the same…still a decent game if you are looking to be a superhero in our spare time


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