Exciting news for MMO fans everywhere – Atari Inc. and MMO developer Cryptic Studios have announced the immediate release of ‘Champions Online: Free for All’.

‘Champions Online: Free For All’ is an update to Champions Online that allows players to play for free and also offers additional premium content for purchase. Inside Cryptic’s C-Store players will find adventure Packs, items, powers and costume pieces available for purchase. In addition, current Gold status members are grandfathered in. New players may also optionally upgrade to Gold status which then unlocks most of the game’s content and includes extra features for a set price of $14.99 per month.

“We’re thrilled to finally be able to launch Champions Online: Free for All,” said John Needham, CEO, Cryptic Studios. “The Champions team has put an incredible amount of effort into making Free for All an amazing free-to-play MMO every gamer can enjoy at no cost.”

The popular ‘Champions Online’ now has even more exciting features in the Free for All expansion. For example, players will find that with the exception of the special adventure packs, all of the content is available to play for non-paying members. There’s also unlimited play time with the opportunity for your hero to advance to maximum level.

‘Champions Online’ has been lauded since its launch for the nearly limitless options it gives players. The Free For All launch offers even more:

• Play Everything – With the exception of special Adventure Packs, all the content in Champions Online: Free For All is available to every player. Once a player enters a location within the MMO game world, nothing is off-limits!

• Unlimited Play Time – Play as much as you like, as long as you like, at absolutely no cost. No subscription or credit card required.

• Your Own Hero, Your Own Story – Become a hero, encounter his or her Nemesis, and advance to maximum level at no cost.

• Play Your Way – Utilize the optional web-based and in-game C-Store to purchase gameplay upgrades or additional premium content.

‘Champions Online’ brings epic heroism to the MMORPG genre with depth that challenges the most experienced online gamers, while its fast-paced action engages new entrants to the online superhero universe. Join with Defender and the legendary Champions to stop Dr. Destroyer and his minions in the ultimate showdown between good and evil.

For more information, visit http://www.champions-online.com/f2p.