City of Titans and Ship of Heroes team up for City of Heroes successor panel at PAX West

There will be a City of Heroes panel at PAX West… after a fashion. The game may be gone, but the City of Titans development team will be there to talk about carrying on after the game’s closure and making a spiritual successor. They’ll be joined by representatives of the teams behind Valiance Online and Ship of Heroes, as well, talking about keeping a strong community going between divergent teams with similar goals.

This panel will be in the Werecat theater in the evening of Sunday, September 3rd, so it’s going to require you to stick out most of the convention if you want to see it. On the other hand, it also features three community-led movements to resurrect the spirit of a beloved game, so that may be motivation enough right there.

Source: Official Forums; thanks to Cyanpill for the tip!
Update: After publication, a representative for Valiance Online has let us know there’s been some sort of misunderstanding and that Valiance will not be attending this panel after all. We’ve updated accordingly!
Update again: This explains the inclusion of Valiance in the original announcement!

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Duane Does not check email

I am looking forward to all three successors.
All three have different circumstances and different teams with their tech.

This is corny but I still hold out for these games and maybe one mission/story arc you start in one and finish in the other game. No data transfer no shared accounts, just a crossover story.

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Cyanpill

Ah, pity about VO not being there. I just saw the first announcement and had to share.

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Nathaniel Downes

I’m still crossing fingers for something. Their spot will be there if the situation changes.

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Koshelkin

Those guys should pool their ressources together instead of competing with 3 titles for a niche market. They share the same passion if done right they would only improve the final product making it more enjoyable for everyone.

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Nathaniel Downes

The games are, however, very different, not even in the same genre.

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Purewitz

It’s nice that they want to bring more superhero games to the MMO market, but there’s already a City of Heroes successor. It’s called Champions Online and it’s been around since 2009. I don’t play CO (I played DC Universe Online and Marvel Heroes Omega for my online superhero fix.), but the devs of these games mentioned in the article need to stop acting like they are the messiah of the superhero MMORPG genre. City of Titans, Ship of Heroes, and Valiance Online will most likely not be even noticed by most MMORPG players or superhero fans in general. Unless any of them are lucky enough to be picked up by a known publisher, all three of them might fail. I wish them all luck though, but they have a long uphill battle before them.

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Crowe

I will respectfully but firmly disagree with you. Champions Online was never a CoH successor. I don’t even think they intended it to be one. It was pretty much what happened after Marvel pulled out of their game-in-development and they needed to throw in a different existing IP quickly. Champions is based on the pen & paper game. But neither the P&P nor CoH feel comes through in that debacle. A lot of us yelled out in beta testing but were largely ignored so they released a game that was never truly embraced by the crowd they had hoped.

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cruzader

Champions Online is not nearly as compelling as City of Heroes, even though in many ways it’s a ripoff and, on paper, should feel almost like the same game. I was obsessed with CoH for years, but I’ve tried 3 times to love CO and every time I quickly lost interest.

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Joshua Dickerson

Champions Online had potential years ago but it has been in maintenance mode for the majority of its lifetime at this point.

Lacking updates, poor high level content implementation and reasoning.

I believe CO started going downhill when Star Trek Online was being developed (they poached some of the CO team I believe) and basically left CO to ride it out. It left a really bad taste in my mouth as a player and supporter

After that, they then started focusing on Neverwinter, while CO still was being neglected. So I think for this panel, the CO team would be best to sit this one out and let those who are excited about the genre to take the reins.

They just never seemed to enthused about the super hero genre and were pretty much just trying to get in on the Super Hero genre and catch some of the City of Heroes players who were about to not have a home. Then factor in their F2P conversion which charged box price to create a Freeform character (while making us who paid for the game have to pay to make our old characters the way they were before the F2P conversion).

From what I get from these two new teams, it seems they are more invested in the genre than CO or DC Universe devs were.

CO and DC Universe had too much corporate involvement I believe

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Legend Of Vinny T

…there’s already a City of Heroes successor. It’s called Champions Online and it’s been around since 2009.

And Cryptic has been doing the absolute bare minimum necessary to stay above maintenance mode, and not the slightest bit more, since 2012. They did nothing to accept or retain CoH refugees when NCSoft pulled the plug, and they’ve only become more of a running joke as time has passed. Successor? Cryptic abdicated the throne before CoH was even dead.

…the devs of these games mentioned in the article need to stop acting like they are the messiah of the superhero MMORPG genre.

[citation needed]

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Ken from Chicago

It sounds cool to me. Even if CITY OF TITANS and SHIP OF HEROES won’t be able to be joined by VALIANCE ONLINE, it still sounds like a great panel. I still hope to see all three launch. They all seem to have carried on the torch left behind by CITY OF HEROES.

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Valiance Online

Unfortunately, we are not going to be at PAX West. Not sure where the confusion is here. It could change, but at the moment we’re not able to make it. :(

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Joshua Dickerson

Maybe if you all still want/need the exposure, you can post your own responses to the panel questions on your website or forums.

Not to take away from the other two dev teams, but just as a “hey we couldn’t make it, but here is our take on it”.

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Nathaniel Downes

Chad isn’t going to make it after all? Well shoot.

I guess that is always the problem when you have to submit panel proposals months ahead of time.

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Dug From The Earth

had to kick myself for skimming the topic headers.

Got super excited at first, until I realized it was for some social panel, and not the 3 teams coming together to make one seriously amazing Super Hero game.

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Armsbend

Same – I might be interested if they could consolidate. As it is I couldn’t care any less about any of the projects. This was the first one I clicked in months.

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Denice J. Cook

Well, that’s cool! Too bad I live 2000 miles away…. ;) I hope everybody has fun there, though.

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BalsBigBrother

With any luck it will be on the twitch stream schedule.

Nathaniel Downes
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Nathaniel Downes

When we proposed it we did state that we are open to it being streamed, so depends on what other panels are running at the same time.

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