As we approach the one-year anniversary of the unexpected and inexplicable announcement of Paragon Studios’ closure and City of Heroes’ demise, fans of the venerable superhero MMORPG are determined to keep the game’s memory alive. Although valiant efforts at staving off the death of their beloved game were not successful, City of Heroes players are finding a multitude of ways to carry the torch.
Various so-called “spiritual successors” are being worked on, primarily through volunteer efforts from City of Heroes fans. These include:
- Missing Worlds Media’s The Phoenix Project, which recently announced a Kickstarter campaign to begin in September. (Check out our two-part interview with Missing Worlds Media here and here.)
- Valiance Online, which already has a test server and is raising money for future development.
- Plan Z Studios’s Heroes and Villains. (You can read an interview with Plan Z’s Amanda Brooks here.)
It’s still very early in development for each of these three, but City of Heroes fans may find it encouraging that so many people are coming together to build a new place they may be able to call home.
The extremely talented and clever code master known, appropriately enough, as Codewalker has come up with a way to allow players to use their old game clients to enter City of Heroes game maps with a small program called Icon. There are all sorts of things players can do once they’re on a map, including spawning beloved NPCs and performing actions like dancing and flying, and new features are being continually added. Check out the Icon thread over at the Titan forums for more details on how to get back into the City (sort of).
City of Heroes website recreated
A rather inventive City of Heroes fan known as CraZboy has managed to recreate the official City of Heroes website, as it existed before the game shut down. This even includes the message boards, giving City of Heroes fans a very familiar place to share thoughts. They could use more members for the boards, so head on over and show your support.
City of Heroes Facebook pages
There are various City of Heroes Facebook pages to join and share memories with fellow fans. These include
- CoH Survivors
- City of Heroes
- Triumph United – City of Heroes (and other server-based pages)
No matter how they choose to remember their game, City of Heroes fans continue to show that no one, not even NCSoft, the game publisher that shut down Paragon Studios, can keep a good hero (or bad villain) down.