Atari, Inc., one of the world's most recognized videogame publishers, and Cryptic Studios, developers of Champions Online and Star Trek Online, announced today the upcoming Blood Moon Halloween Event. On October 27, 2009, zombies, werewolves and an ancient evil will take over the Champions Universe.

"We've been putting together some great missions in Blood Moon," said Bill Roper, Executive Producer on Champions Online. "This sort of thing is pure pleasure for us to do, and we can't wait to see our players taking on the forces of evil."

Players will battle against the armies of the Arch Lich Takofanes as he mounts an assault on the Champions Universe. Among other missions, gamers will have a chance to free the souls of 13 undead superheroes from vile servitude under Takofanes, which will unlock the new Celestial power set focused on healing and support.

In the Zombie Apocalypse, one component of the Blood Moon event, fallen heroes can come back as part of an undead army. In the BITE event, another such component, players can become werewolves or werewolf hunters in a fight to rule Monster Island.

Gamers everywhere will be able to enjoy the Blood Moon event for free between October 30 and November 2. To learn more about the Blood Moon event and to sign up for the free weekend, please visit: and


Champions Online brings epic heroism back to the MMORPG genre with depth that will certainly challenge the most experienced online gamers, while its fast paced action promises to engage new entrants to the online superhero universe. For more information, please visit:


Based in Los Gatos, CA, Cryptic Studios is a leading developer of massively multiplayer online games committed to delivering the next level of MMO gameplay. Cryptic develops AAA titles for PC and consoles, including Star Trek Online and Champions Online. For more information about Cryptic Studios, please visit the official website at:


Atari group is a global creator, producer and publisher of interactive entertainment for interactive game platforms that include PC, online, consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony and advanced smart phones (i.e. iPhone). Divisions of Atari, SA include Cryptic Studios, Atari London Studio, Eden Studios, Atari Interactive, Inc. and Atari, Inc.

Atari benefits from its global brand and an extensive catalogue of popular games based on classic owned game franchises (Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Lunar Lander), original owned franchises (Test Drive, Backyard Sports, Deer Hunter), MMO games from Cryptic Studios (Star Trek Online, Champions Online) and third party franchises (Ghostbusters, Project Runway, Dungeons and Dragons).

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