City of Heroes Freedom is free and live

NCsoft has announced the launch City of Heroes Freedom, whhich adds a free-to-play model to the superhero MMO. The decision to supplement City of Heroes with a free-to-play option was first teased in June, but today's launch of Freedom also comes with a major update. To try it, you can use an old login or log onto and create a new profile.

Freedom's launch will be accompanied by the Issue 21: Convergence update, which adds a new zone, the First Ward, and new monthly Signature Story Arcs, allowing players to participate in the main storyline and fight alongside iconic heroes. There are also more power sets, costumes, and a new in-game Paragon Rewards system. “We aren’t just flipping a switch and going ‘Free-to-Play,’” says executive producer at Paragon Studios Brian Clayton. “We’re embarking on the biggest content and feature update to City of Heroes in its seven-year history.”

With Freedom, new players will now be able to adventure all the way to level 50 free of charge. But there are also special benefits and perks for 'Premium' and 'VIP' players. The introduction of the new free-to-play system will hopefully allow players to invest as much or as little in the CoH experience as they'd like. More details on what's included with CoH's new hybrid model can be found here.

Sep 29, 2011


  • Texas-Justice - September 30, 2011 12:37 p.m.

    So much misinformation in this "news" article. lordlundar has corrected much of it for you. The second and third sentences are where the misinformation begins. It's not shifting to a free-to-play model, it's shifting to a hybrid model. They didn't make a decision to take City of Heroes off of a monthly subscription, they instead kept the subscription system and added some elements of a free-to-play system as well as adding the a la carte microtransaction purchases. You later refer to the games now retired subscription system. Nothing about the subscription system has been retired. The pricing for the subscriptions has even remained the same, including multi-month subscriptions. "Without subscriptions, Freedom will rely on microtransactions to generate revenue." Patently false. Subscriptions are still the mainstay of the game. The restrictions on Premium and Free accounts aren't just to get them to purchase items from the Paragon Market but to entice them to subscribe and get access to things that players will not be able to buy from the Paragon Market. The writer should be castigated for his lack of fact checking and blatant misinformation he is providing.
  • lordlundar - September 30, 2011 12:11 p.m.

    Umm, I really need to clarify some stuff. (A lot actually. Did you do any research into this at all?) - It's not a total free to play system, it's a hybrid model. There's three types of accounts: Free (essentially an unlimited time trial account with all the other former restrictions in place), Premium (A free account with items purchased, they can unlock various features with more items spent and/or time subscribed), and VIP (The subscription accounts, which are still being used.) - Free and Premium players cannot access the alignment system and are restricted to Hero or Villain (as opposed to the other 6 that VIP can access) Premium players with a Going Rogue key tied into their account will have access to the alignment system. VIPs get this as part of the subscription. - Archetypes are not totally unrestricted. Masterminds, Controllers, and the "Epic" archetypes for heroes and Villains are blocked. Premiums with a certain amount of money spent and/or subscription time can get Controllers and masterminds unlocked, but the Epic Archetypes must be purchased. VIPs get this as part of the subscription. - All pre-Going Rogue zones are accessible. Praetorea zones are blocked unless you have Going Rogue or a VIP account. The new Zone, First Ward is purchasable separately and is part of the VIP subscription. - The new end game content the Incarnate System, which allows players to advance to a power level beyond basic levels, Is at current restricted to VIP accounts only. Non subscribers will not be able to access it at all. - Should a VIP account no longer be subscribed to and reduces to premium, any items actively purchased or unlocked will remain accessible. Anything not done so will be greyed out and cannot be accessed until the subscription is renewed.
  • EHyundai - September 29, 2011 5:14 p.m.

    tryin to beat DCU to the Punch
  • lordlundar - September 30, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    Actually, CoH Freedom has been in the works for some time and was in the idea and preliminary planning phase before DCU was even released. There was no "race to beat DCU" so much as "DCU is copying the plan". If you look at the differences of DCU's hybrid payment model you'll find that it's almost a carbon copy of CoH's.
  • fellfromthesky - September 29, 2011 4:56 p.m.

    downloading now :)

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