Spotlight On - City of Heroes (Updates for 2011)

We take a brief look at the new updates planned for this long-lived superhero-themed massively multiplayer game.

City of Heroes, publisher NCsoft's original superhero-themed massively multiplayer game, is celebrating its seventh year of operation. Paragon Studios, the game's current developer, is celebrating this milestone by adding even more new content updates to follow last year's Going Rogue content additions. Earlier this year, the studio unveiled challenging "weekly strike target" encounters as well as animal body parts so players can make the tiger-men and bird-headed men they've always dreamed of.

Coming up in the near future: new additions like global server access for both US and European players, who will be able to freely jump among servers from different territories, along with a new "loyalty bonus" for longtime subscribers in the form of an "alignment aura" that will surround your character. In addition, Issue 20, the next major content update, will add a new task force encounter and a new strike force encounter for midlevel characters, and expanded "incarnate" content to build on Going Rogue, such as incarnate slots, which will act as career-long, empowering "buff" abilities throughout a character's lower levels and can eventually be exchanged for a high-level power. Owners of Going Rogue will also be able to explore new high-level areas, such as the Behavioral Adjustment Facility, a new raid area for groups of anywhere from 12 to 24 players. The studio also plans to add a new queuing system for Going Rogue's incarnate trials that will operate less like a long queue and more like a turnstile, getting players into the action faster.

Issue 20 is scheduled to launch later this year.

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Yams1980
Yams1980

Below person mentioned DCUO's god damn terrible UI, I cringe thinking about it and is why I didnt have to think twice about quitting the game. Just terrible. Good for COH to last this long, I never got the long term appeal of the game though

stevo367
stevo367

This is still the best superhero MMO. I quit playing after 5 years because i had seen it all and done it all and the recent additions and upgrades weren't enough to entice me back. If there was a complete redesign of all zones, missions and TFs, and a newer combat system i would play this again in a heartbeat. I actually had fun with this, unlike Champions which was pretty dull and grindy and should have been free to play from the beginning because i certainly wouldn't pay a monthly fee for it. I also didn't get into DCUOs complete lack of depth and awful interface. I liked some of the combat but it's a rather forgettable experience after a week or two and i can't see paying monthly for that either. I am hoping a COH 2 comes out someday and improves on this one in every way because it is still a great platform. I just need an entirely new world to delve into to be interested again.

OnlineGameGame
OnlineGameGame

@0Aragorn0 Thanks for sharing that info. I think I will try DCU. Seems a good fit for me.

colinhiom
colinhiom

To anyone who hasn't played this game at all or recently, the game is great. Have been playing this for over six years now and the last 2-3 updates (i17 though i19 and now i20) have massively expanded the playing options and content - to the extent there's way more great things I can do with all my existing characters than I could possibly have time for. This was CoH's longest running criticism. No more. If you like the idea of an accessible, fun action-packed, super-heroic themed and friendly MMOG then look no further. There's a reason CoH is still going great after 7 years.

0Aragorn0
0Aragorn0

@OnlineGameGame I played CoH when it first was a Beta...played it for about the next couple of years after. I really enjoyed it, but got tired of paying monthly fees and ran out of time to play. There is a 7 day trial I believe at the CoH website. As far as DCU vs. CoH they are somewhat similar but play very differently. I suggest searching some forums to see which game style suits your interest better. Hope this helps!

wexorian
wexorian

@OnlineGameGame if you want Hero MMO go get dc universe online for 28$, and if you don;t want to pay go get champions online that's good game free 2 play MMO.

OnlineGameGame
OnlineGameGame

Looks interesting. Anyone can tell me if the play this game?

puffadell
puffadell

i might check this out one day

torak101
torak101

@ace They did "update it" this last year with GX engine improvements ext...

AceCometh
AceCometh

I remember playing City of Heroes/Villains. Good stuff. It needs updating, though. Good to see that happening!

jcopp72
jcopp72

woo sound interesting, might have to check it out.