Master x Master announces closed beta, adds City of Heroes’ Statesman

Today’s good news for Master x Master fans is that the game has a closed beta coming up. The next test will be between April 6th and April 27th, ahead of the game’s full launch in the summer. All of that is good news, but it kind of gets overshadowed by the game’s other simultaneous announcement of a new hero in the game’s lineup… Statesman.

Yes, from City of Heroes. Someone decided to add one of the most loathed characters from a dearly departed game that many fans are still upset about losing. It’s one of those rare situations where you’re not even sure what to be upset about first.

The bright side is probably that Statesman at least seems to play true to form, so he’s got all sorts of melee abilities, moves around quickly, and can activate Heroism as his ultimate ability. And he’s from a game that NCsoft shut down, we cannot stress that point enough. Just… check out some screenshots and a trailer down below; no one here is sure how to feel at the moment.

Source: NCsoft press release
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Pedge Jameson

Screw these guys in the ass with a giant rubber dong for doing this. Such disrespect.

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GiantsBane

You know, I was wondering at first why I hadn’t heard about this game yet. Then it hit me, it’s another moba being added to the pile. NC soft could of made CoX 2 instead, but no, let’s try and get a piece of leagues pie instead. /sigh

This turning into the wow mimicry all over again.

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jinarra

Ouch.

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Martinez

yeah who hated statesmen? He was capt America meets Superman what not to love? its his alter ego Emmert that “some” people didn’t like.

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Ysayle was right

A lot of people didn’t like that he was the be-all-end-all of heroes that your character could never match up to. Until they added the Incarnate system, but then they just complained about that instead.

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Ken K

Statesman, the character, was not loathed. Jack Emmert was.
Second, I view this as a slap in the face to CoH fans, after NCSoft refused to sell either
the game or the IP to anyone.

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Legend Of Vinny T

Dragging Statesman’s figurative corpse out without making any effort to otherwise use the City of Heroes IP is disgraceful.

Posing Statesman in front of a sign that reads “Come in, we’re OPEN!” is a blatant slap in the face.

This has only confirmed my decision to never play an NCSoft game ever again.

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ihatevnecks

GG NCSoft!

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James Crow

so now i need to wait for tabula rasa character :)

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Nathaniel Downes

Auto Assault!

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kidwithknife

Oh, fuck you, NCSoft. Fuck. You.

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Roger Christie

Statesman wasn’t loathed. Jack Emmert was loathed.

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semugh

well, i’m happy.

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mastema

From December 2005 just 2 months after E.D. was rolled off the assembly line.

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Duane Does not check email

The Tyrant throne in screen capture

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Cyclone Jack

I expected this; I’m just surprised it took them this long to reveal a CoH character for their MxM game. Even though I greatly dislike NCSoft, I will admit that they did a fairly good job on the character and video. At least they didn’t use the Atlas Park theme to twist the knife.

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harlequin565

And the characters gel so well… Anime character, anime character, Palpatine, anime character, anime character, anime character with stupid big hair, Statesman…

It’s one of those rare situations where you’re not even sure what to be upset about first..

Insightful. :)

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Modrain

As someone has no ties with CoH, I see this more as a tribute, similar to what Blizzard did with the Vikings in Heroes of the Storm. A pretty weird one, as it’s the killer that is creating a tribute for the killed, but it’s hard to assume that nowadays NCSoft would behave the same way past NCSoft did with CoH, especially when seeing how patient they are with Wildstar.

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Nathan Aldana

hardly.

I fully expect the next time they need to puff up their efficiency numbers wildstar will get thje axe

Never trust a corporation. Ever.

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Roxy Revolver

FUCK YOU NCSOFT !!! Our game wasn’t good enough for you to keep open , now you want to use our beloved statesman in your shitty game . Don’t use our heroes in your crap games .

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Dug From The Earth

I wonder how many people this will upset, rather than make happy. Im sure there are a ton who simple dont care, having no experience with CoH. Its just another character for the game. Id speculate that CoH fans however, arent gonna be real happy about this.

MxM never really caught my attention, and as an ex-CoH player, this isnt making me want to come try it out any more than before.

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Denice J. Cook

Maybe Nexon wants to remind us all that they bought controlling shares of NCSoft’s stock in June of 2012, and then suddenly the CoH closure announcement happened two months later.

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Sray

This is good news for the CoH IP in a general sense: this demonstrates that NCSoft isn’t just sitting on the property so no one else can have it. And bringing this front and center probably means that they’ve got longer term plans for the property. All good news.

Unfortunately, whatever is in CoH’s future is probably some mobile thing. But at least for fans of the game’s world, the story of Paragon City might not yet be over.

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Bree Royce

I think fans would rather see the IP sold to someone enabled to put the MMORPG back together, not create characters in a MOBA thereby making such a sale even more difficult.

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Sray

Yeah, that would be great. But I didn’t say this was an optimal solution: this is better than just knowing that the stuff is basically just sitting the the attic, gathering dust.

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Roger Christie

Not really. This pretty much guarantees that they won’t be selling it off going forward.

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Bree Royce

Oh yeah I hear you. Though judging from all the eff-yous in this thread, the fans would rather see dust than sacrilege. And the MOBA fans won’t care! Hehe.

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Sray

I’m just trying to have a rare moment of positivity: tis better to be thankful that which you can have, than to be mournful of that which you cannot.

And I feel sorry for those who choose to look at this as some type of sacrilege or insult, instead of as a company honoring and remembering its history. I wouldn’t be terribly surprised, or displeased, to see them ultimately add in avatars from Tabula Rasa… and maybe even Auto Assault.

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Utakata

@ Sray:

There’s being positive, then there’s being realistic. That is, this will likely hurt more fans of CoH than honor them.

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Sray

I have no idea why. If you see it in a negative light, that’s a choice. I played CoH for years; and I miss it terribly; but when I saw the headline my first thought was “that is so cool.”

All of the negativity in this thread is absolutely baffling to me. Please don’t try to explain it: I really don’t need have people try to explain why something that brightened my day should make me mad.

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Rabidwargamer

Your feeling are valid because they’re “positive”, and others aren’t because they’re “negative”?

They’re not telling you that -you- should be mad, they’re telling you they’re mad and why.

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Bryan Correll

My first though was “You gotta be fuckin’ kidding me.” I wasn’t going to be playing this stupidly-named game before and this doesn’t make it any more appealing.

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Nathaniel Downes

Oh look, another MOBA.

Still don’t like them. Still don’t play them.

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James Crow

im with you on the whole MOBA genre but MxM is a different kind of game, they have moba mode but also pve story and other things that feel more like an H&S game

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Denice J. Cook

On a side note, thanks for all your and MWM’s efforts concerning CoT. Keep that flame-proof suit on, and ignore the trolls where you find them.

Oh, and thanks for trying to lease the CoH IP and for your attempt to rez CoH a few years ago, too. How you’ve made it through all that with any semblance of a life left is beyond me.

If the CoH rez efforts are truly caput by this point, though, you might want to think about posting something vague-but-understandable acknowledging that on the CoHTitan forums. Posting, “Well, I’ve got all my ‘gaming business’ time free to work on CoT now….” or something like that might help those that are still waiting for the other shoe to drop regarding news of a CoH rez. I know there was as a Facebook leak that never should have happened, and nobody should have been holding their breaths for anything, but CoH fans are where they are now regardless.

Anyhow, to get back on track here, every CoH fan I’ve told about this new MxM Statesman thing immediately looks horrified, and I don’t think Nexon really thought this through too well. I mean, they’re going to have to constantly explain his origins to all the MxM players, and let’s face it, he’s the head character from NCSoft’s biggest MMO they ever killed off. And they’ve killed off a whole lot of them, so that’s saying something!

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Duane Does not check email

This is not statesman! It’s weekend at Bernie’s!

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ceder

Jack Emmert always represents Statesmen to me. That’s enough alone for me to dislike this.

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Utakata

This is one of those cases where good intentions can lead to the cruelest actions. :(

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TheDonDude

Did people really have a problem with the in-game Statesman?

Personally I think this is probably good news. It means the IP ain’t dead at least. NC Soft still remembers it.

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Nick Smith

I get this one confused with that other game… what’s the new 2d side scrolling moba kinda similar to Awesomenauts?

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Nathan Aldana

go fuck yourself NCsoft.

Statesman, both ingame and out of game, was a fucking asshole.

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Bryan Correll

I think ‘loathed’ may be a bit strong of a term for Statesman. He certainly wasn’t among the more popular characters, but he was mostly just boring.

Also, this must be zombie-Statesman, since he was dead-for-reals toward the end of CoH’s life. Or maybe it’s Reichsman pretending to be Statesman. Maybe the whole thing is a Nemesis plot since he’s probably running NCSoft.

They better not desecrate the memory of Penny Yin or Back Alley Brawler though. Or even Requiem or Scirocco. And stay the hell away from U’kon Gr’ai.

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Duane Does not check email

In all super hero universes death is temporary… only the shut down cut off the chance for the developers to continue the story.

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camren_rooke

I always thought he was loathed because he was John Smedley’s character and Smeley wasn’t liked much because of his ‘vision’.

Also, U’kon Gr’ai. Best alien name ever.

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Nathan Aldana

He wasnt smedley’s character, he was Jack Emmert’s character. You know, the guy who went on to make CO, STO, and now apparently helms DCUO

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Roxy Revolver

Honestly the game got better after Jack Left . Best thing that ever happened to the game . In my opinion the game didnt reach its height until he was long gone . I didn’t hate statesman because of him , but him leaving sure did make the game a whole lot better .

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camren_rooke

That was the guy. I never really cared but some folks ingame really didn’t like Emmert and his decisions.

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Wolfyseyes

This Statesman is actually Tyrant from Praetoria. He took up the Statesman mantle after fighting back The Battalion, the alien force alluded to as The Coming Storm by Ouroboros. As a result of the fight, Tyrant was redeemed and decided to defend Earth.

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Skai R

Lol, now they’re just rubbing salt on the wound.

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BalsBigBrother

If they add more from CoH would that make this yet another spiritual successor hehe :p

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Nathaniel Downes

Oh come on, I would love to play as Lord Nemesis!

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Nick Smith

Haha :) that made me laugh out loud. Thank you!

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Wolfyseyes

Truthfully? I’d rather play as Lord Recluse than Statesman.

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camren_rooke

Both of them needed more hugs growing up.

Some just tighter hugs than others.

Not saying anything, just sayin.

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bobfish

Well, bitter CoH fans aside, this sounds cool. I enjoy MXM and the more hero variety the better. More importantly, CBT date is SOON!

Roll on 6th April.

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theblackmage75

Hmm, how can we be sure to bring the most negative attention as possible to our game at this crucial time? Oh, I know, let’s resurrect a character from a game we sunsetted amidst widespread protest and toss him into our newest game!

On the other hand, this does offer a great conspiratorial explanation for why NCSOFT didn’t want to part with the IP–clearly they had in mind to use Statesman years later as part of their MOBA-y thing.

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Wolfyseyes

Yep, I was pretty shocked by this reveal (been sitting on the embargo for over a week. OVER A WEEK, GUYS). I’m just as confused and unsure about how to feel as many likely are, but I also kinda wish that he hit a little harder.

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Monsoon

This is… I’m rather ambivalent about this. On the one hand, NCSoft is at least acknowledging that City of Heroes is a thing that they once did. On the other hand, it’s like they’ve rigged up Statesman’s corpse and are making him dance for their entertainment. It just strikes me as wrong.

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camren_rooke

Could be worse.

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