Per the published Champions Universe timeline, 2020 was to have been the beginning of the end of the Age of Superhumans. In that year, invasion of the Earth by the epic transdimensional conqueror, Tyrannon, led to the diminishing of "ambient magic" in our universe, the force which warped physical laws enough to allow for empowering origins, super genetic mutations, supertech, and all such manifestations which don't exist in the real world. Over the next two years super powers would gradually fade, radical technology would cease to function, and Earth would begin a descent into a dystopian "cyberpunk" era.
Obviously Tyrannon's attack did not occur in CO in 2020, so we're all living in a brave new world full of untold potential.
(Before anyone gets their knickers in a bunch over the original timeline, it first appeared in print in 2002, part of Hero Games' plan to unite all the past and future eras their game lines were set in, into one unified history. I'm sure Hero's management figured, if they were still publishing Champs Uni books eighteen years later, they could revise that history then.)