Champions Online Open Beta Emerges from Phone Booth on August 17

Nathan Grayson

How would you like a chance to suit up and stamp out some crime before everyone with a decent rig and an eye for spandex starts doing it? If so, circle August 17 on your calendar, because that’s when Champions Online begins its open beta .

In addition, if you preorder the game from any number of outlets, you gain "guaranteed access" to the beta (we thought “guaranteed access” was implied in the term “open beta”), along with some other super-powered goodies that vary from store-to-store.

The full game is set to confuse poor crowds of bystanders that just wanted to go bird and plane-watching on September 1 – barring any horrible bugs in the open beta, of course. Seeing as how GameStop’s preorder offer is early entry into the final version of Champions, though, we don’t think Cryptic’s too worried.

The full – and slightly lengthy – list of preorder bonuses is after the break.


GameStop is offering access to the Early Start Program, giving customers who preorder a few days headstart in the game before its official launch on September 1st! In addition, all preorders include the exclusive Insectoid Airfoil costume piece and the Experimental Anti-Graviton Generator flight travel power at character creation.


Wal-Mart offers a Limited Edition Package with collectible lenticular cover, which also includes a zone map, iron-on decal, and ten additional Cryptic Points.

Best Buy

Best Buy offers access to the Early Start Program, along with an exclusive action figure in-game and a damage resistance item.


Amazon preorders receive five additional Cryptic Points, and three exclusive costume pieces: Harlequin Headpiece, Black Knight Helmet, and Grenade Chest Strap.

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