After over seven years as a traditional superhero-themed subscription MMORPG, City of Heroes will transition to a free-to-play model later this year, publisher Paragon Studios announced today.

City of Heroes Freedom, as the initiative is being called, is much more than just an extension of the current 14-day free trial offered to new subscribers, the company says.

In fact, the team at Paragon has been working for about a year to figure out the best way to make the transition in a way that “improves the overall customer experience,” executive producer Brian Clayton told Gamasutra. “Frankly, if the customer experience isn’t substantially better than it is today, I don’t think there’s much of a reason to make the change.”

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