By DwightMC @ November 21, 2013 at 4:00pm
Hey Champions, we’re excited to announce customizable Auras, a brand-new feature now on PTS! Personalize your hero's look with effects like the Snowflake Cloud and Krackle Aura!
Perfect for all of those champions out there who love to constantly change the appearance of their characters, the Aura System brings thousands of new customization options. Auras are items that will create a new visual effect surrounding your character, giving your champion a new look. Depending on how you slot them, each aura can be always active, or only active in combat. Multiple Auras can be active at the same time, leading to thousands of potential combinations.
Want to combine an ice cloud Aura with ice skin? How about a Fire Aura with Electricity? Players can do that with the new system. There’s an even option to individually shift the hue of the Aura to add an extra layer of customization. Using the hue shift players could create a purple Ice Cloud as shown in the image above.
Auras will each be their own item, and you'll be putting them in new Aura Slots, accessed via a tab in the Player Status window. This is where you will activate Auras, choosing to place them in an Always On or In Combat slot. Each player will start with one of each slot type, and can purchase 3 more pairs of slots.
An Aura-specific inventory bag will also be added, which will allow players to collect many auras without filling up their existing inventories. Aura Storage will start at 40 slots, however more can be purchased in the C-Store.
At this point you might be wondering: How do we get these awesome new Aura items? Some Auras will be rare loot from missions, and the majority will be in the C-Store, like costume sets. Additionally, Auras that were previously on passive powers will be added to the Q-Store as Legacy Auras. This was done to give players more thematic possibilities and customization, so you have more flexibility to choose how your hero's powers look.Every player will be given a token to get one of these Legacy Aura items for free.
We’re incredibly excited about this new system and we can’t wait to see the incredible combinations players will come up with. The Aura System is available now on the Public Test Server. If you're a Gold subscriber and haven’t signed up for the PTS server yet, you can do so here.
Have feedback on Auras? Hop on over to the Champions Online forums and let us know! We're particularly interested in graphical performance and how it feels to play with auras.