By TrailTurtle @ July 10, 2013 at 10:35am
The heroes of Champions Online have faced down invasions and alien visitations, but the upcoming FATAL ERR0R story arc will test them on a new battleground: the digital frontier!
SOCRATES, supercomputer of the Champions team, is being hacked by an unknown supervillain. If she’s subverted, crucial data on everything from police scanners to intergalactic threats would fall into the wrong hands! To save SOCRATES and track down the hacker, heroes will have to race desperately around the world, from jumping inside SOCRATES herself to attacking the hideout of an old enemy.
The first act of the FATAL ERR0R story arc will launch on Thursday, 7/18. Heroes will learn about the threat to SOCRATES, and with the help of super-intelligent gorilla Dr. Silverback (voice acted here for the first time), they’ll digitize themselves into her mainframe. They’ll need all their skills to defeat the viruses in virtual reality!
This mission is just the start of the FATAL ERR0R story arc, which will play out over the next month or two. There will be another instance, tracking the hacker to the depths of a supervillain’s hideout, plus a climactic Alert in virtual reality for five-man teams. Both of these will come with a new item release that supports the VR theme – an addition to the cash shop, something new in the Questionite store, etc.
Champions Online’s next story arc is almost here, heroes – you’ll need all your skills to save SOCRATES from a FATAL ERR0R!
Can’t wait to try it out? We’re having a playtest of the mission on PTS tonight, 7/10 at 5:30 PM PDT. Gold subscribers can copy a character over to PTS and join in – we’d love your feedback, and with a full week before it goes live, we’ve got time to give the mission serious polish. We’ll also be livestreaming on our Twitch channel. See you in cyberspace, heroes!
Got questions? Here’s some quick answers!
-Just like any other mission, you’ll be able to go through the VR world as your normal heroic self. The Security Process is in all the screenshots because it looks cool, you’re not forced to transform for the mission.
-This first mission is designed for teams of 2-3 heroes, but can be soloed.
-This mission, and the second act of FATAL ERR0R, will be permanent additions to CO. The finale will be added to a rotation.
(Want a closer look at the VR environment? Click on any of the thumbnails below for a full-sized version!)