City of Heroes News

NCsoft: COH is a "flourishing franchise"

Sequel not ruled out. Expansion dated.

NCsoft has responded to yesterday's City of Heroes 2 trademark sighting. There was no direct comment, but the MMO specialist was happy to hint at a long future ahead of the series.

City of Heroes wants you back

Big reactivation push next weekend.

NCsoft is planning a major City of Heroes push for next weekend, hoping to rekindle the superhero flame with reactivation treats.

City of Heroes ups customisation

Issue 16: Power Spectrum launches.

NCsoft's long-running superhero MMO City of Heroes has released its 16th free update, Issue 16: Power Spectrum.

City of Heroes Issue 15 released

5th Column missions, Architect improvements.

NCsoft has updated its long-running superhero MMO City of Heroes with Issue 15: Anniversary, so named to celebrate the game's five years in operation.

City of Heroes Issue 15 announced

City of Heroes Issue 15 announced

Celebrating 5 years with Anniversary.

NCsoft has announced that the next major update to its superhero MMO, City of Heroes, is in development. It's to be called Issue 15: Anniversary.

The title is a tribute to the fact that, earlier this week, the game celebrated its fifth birthday.

Anniversary will mostly consist of an update to the Mission Architect content-creation system added to the game earlier this month in Issue 14: Architect. New features, content, options and improved usability are all promised. New costumes, faces and mission options for villains and heroes will be included.

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COH dev "astounded" by user content

Over 20,000 fan-made missions already.

City of Heroes lead designer Matt Miller is "astounded" by the community response to recent update Issue 14: Architect, revealing that players made more Mission Arcs in one day than his team had in five years.

Champions recruits beta testers from COH

Champions recruits beta testers from COH

Superhero MMO rivalry turns sour.

Crytpic Studios has admitted to contacting players of NCsoft's City of Heroes through that game's official forums and in-game messaging system, inviting them to the beta test of its own game, Champions Online.

The move has been interpreted as the first hostile shot in the coming war of the superhero MMOs. Cryptic, having developed City of Heroes itself before parting company with NCsoft, clearly wants to win back the audience for the genre it created.

According to a post by one of his employees (spotted by Massively), Champions Online's community manager Ivan Sulic said, "a few of our employees thought it might be a good idea to contact avid MMO notables and various guild leaders floating about to see if they wanted to test".

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City of Heroes converted to Mac

It only took five years.

NCsoft has released an Apple Mac version of its superhero MMO, City of Heroes. It's available as a digital download from the PlayNC store for GBP 9.99 or USD 19.99.

City of Heroes Issue 13 goes live

Mac version on the way, beta soon.

NCsoft has released the latest free update to its long-running superhero MMO, City of Heroes. It's also ready to start beta testing an Apple Mac version of the game.

City of Heroes mission editor delayed

New buddy system coming instead.

NCsoft has delayed the Architect update to its superhero MMO City of Heroes, which was to allow players to design their own missions.

City of Heroes Issue 13 announced

City of Heroes Issue 13 announced

"Architect" offers mission editor and day jobs.

NCsoft has announced the title and main features of the next free content update for its superhero MMO, City of Heroes. Issue 13: Architect, the developer confirmed, will include a way for players to create their own mission content.

Players will be able to design missions and story arcs, and share them with the entire community of City of Heroes and City of Villains. The interface will apparently be similar to the game's famously powerful character creation, and allow you to pick environments, objectives and enemies as well as write dialogue.

Missions that are successful with the community stand the chance of unlocking rewards for their creators. Troubled MMO The Saga of Ryzom has attempted user-created-content before, but to our knowledge, City of Heroes will be the first major MMO to include this feature.

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City of Heroes: Issue 12 released

Major changes arrive, click for a free trial.

The latest free content update to NCsoft's superhero MMO, City of Heroes/City of Villains, is now live on all servers.

MMO patch news roundup

MMO patch news roundup

Pirates, Heroes, Galaxies, Tabula.

It's a busy time on the test servers at NCsoft and Sony Online Entertainment. Patches for the former's City of Heroes and Tabula Rasa and the latter's Pirates of the Burning Sea and Star Wars Galaxies are imminent (or in the case of SWG, just out).

Pirates developer Flying Lab has announced that the swashbuckling MMO's next patch, 1.3, will go live on the test server on April 8th. The patch will include a user interface overhaul, a duelling mode, revamped player-vs-player rewards, some new environments for on-foot combat missions, more group-focused seafaring missions, and the long-awaited, much-delayed completion of the French colonial capital, Pointe-a-Pitre.

Watch out for Eurogamer's equally long-awaited, much-delayed review of Pirates of the Burning Sea on the MMO channel later this week.

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City of Heroes weekend draws crowds

1300 attend. Some sleep in chairs.

NCsoft and Birmingham's Omega Sektor gaming centre have revealed that 1300 people attended their City of Heroes event over the Easter weekend, and raised GBP 3000 for charity.

The best MMO April Fools

Blizzard wins. Again.

There isn't much in the way of fresh MMO news this morning, because the world of massively multiplayer gaming spent most of yesterday trying to outdo itself - and every other section of the gaming industry - in an orgy of funny fakery. And we have to say it did rather well.

Plenty of life in MMOs

All-star panel says so.

In a packed Games Convention Developer's Conference today, four of the industry's leading online game developers discussed the prospect of Life After World of Warcraft, GamesIndustry.biz reports - and all agreed that there's a lot more to come for the genre.

Give City of Heroes a try

Eurogamer's got the key.

Always teetering on the border of good and evil? Can't decide whether to feed your cat or kill it? Well, Eurogamer's got the remedy.

Wings aren't all they seem

CoH artist details new flappers.

City of Heroes has undergone countless transformations since it was first launched. But perhaps the most-pined-after addition has yet to be fully included: wings.

City of Heroes gets crafty

New features added.

NCsoft has announced it will be adding crafting to City of Heroes / Villains by introducing a new Invention System, which will allow players to equip user-created items to enhance a character's super powers.

Heroes to Safeguard Paragon

New mission type revealed for upcoming CoH update.

Old heroes never die - they just get updated with brand new content that makes them all fresh, sparkly, new and interesting. Actually, that's probably not true of old heroes in general, but it's certainly the case for City of Heroes (and/or Villians), which is due to receive its eighth update, Issue 8 - To Protect And Serve, in the coming weeks.

City of Heroes/Villains comp

Both games for 15 quid.

NCsoft has announced a "Good Versus Evil Combined Edition" of City of Heroes and City of Villains, due to go on sale on 29th September priced GBP 14.99 / EUR 29.99.

CoH/V Issue 7 released

Old accounts can try it too.

Summer. Time of sun. Fun. And fire. Bush fires, to be exact. And probably kidnappings and murders and poodlecides. Also, yesterday I kicked a stone and it hit a man by accident and I looked away before he could turn around and he started having a go at a small child. Through which rich visual tapestry I'm trying to weave the notion that we need superheroes. We need them more than ever. To sort all this summer rubbish out.

City of Villains to get update

City of Villains to get update

And Heroes to get tweaked, too.

NCsoft has announced that a new update is on the way for City of Villains, the expansion-but-also-standalone-game follow-up to MMORPG City of Heroes.

The new update, which is titled Issue 7: Destiny Manifest, will be automatically sent out to subscribers for no money at all this April. It will feature new Mayhem Missions, which see evil types wreaking havoc around Paragon City within a time limit - you'll be able to steal from shops, face off with the cops and generally make life difficult for everyone, in between mashing up city blocks and earning some healthy bonuses.

The update will also include more than 300 new missions, plus more Poser sets and Patron Power Pools. You'll also be able to visit a zone called Grandville, if you're of a high enough level, and face off with Lord Recluse and an army of really weird spiders.

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Marvel, NCsoft settle lawsuit

No changes to City of Heroes.

NCsoft has settled its lawsuit with Marvel Entertainment in a deal which will not force the publisher to make any changes to its popular PC MMORPG, City of Heroes, after all.

Jetpacks for Heroes and Villains

As well as festive missions, more.

NCsoft is planning a range of Christmas/holiday-season/other activities to see us through to the New Year/January/acceptable-variant in City of Heroes and City of Villains.

Is your City of Heroes or Villains character totally awesome? Do you ever find yourself staring at the character-select-screen for hours thinking, 'damn, that guy looks pretty badass!'? Do you? If you do, you're probably the sort of person who wants to head to Brighton's Comic Expo, November 19th/20th, and let one of the artists NCsoft's taking down for the weekend sketch you an A4 portrait of them. Liam Sharp (Hulk, Spawn), Jock (Losers), Charles Adlard (Savage, X-Files) and Andrew Wildman (Transformers) will be on hand doing just that.

City of Villains pricing

Play it and Heroes for one fee.

NCsoft Europe has revealed its pricing plans for City of Villains, the forthcoming sequel to MMORPG City of Heroes which also happens to run pretty deeply into it, and the good news is that you'll be able to fight for the forces of both good and evil for one subscription fee - 8.99 / 12.99 per month.

New City of Heroes update

New City of Heroes update

And City of Villains trailer.

NCsoft has annnounced plans to release a new update for comic book-inspired PC MMORPG City of Heroes.

Titled Issue #5: Forest of Dread, the update will be free of charge to existing subscribers when it's released this summer. It features an all-new Zone for heroes to explore - the mystical land of Croatoa, which is inhabited by villains such as Fir Bolg, a giant, and someone called Tuatha de Dannan.

The update will also include a new epic Task Force and two power sets - Archery and Sonics - for use by Defenders, Blasters and Controllers.

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City of Heroes gets PVP

Kill your super friends! In new tights, too.

NCsoft has released City of Heroes Issue 4: Colosseum, a new add-on for the massively multiplayer online game that's free to subscribers via automatic download.