Ship of Heroes readies combat alpha, shows off a massive raid test

It’s a hundred identical superheroes in hot pants facing off against a giant robot, and that robot does not stand a chance.

The following video may look a little odd, but it’s an important one for the Ship of Heroes team. It shows an internal large-scale raid test in which a hundred player clones duked it out in the same instance at the same time, maintaining a 30 frames per second rate throughout. The team says that these numbers shows how the superhero MMORPG will be able to pull off incredible fights among large groups of players and enemies in the future.

“So far, no other MMORPG using Unreal Engine 4 has publicized numbers this large,” a press release said. “Apparently the devs at Ship of Heroes are planning to provide large raids for at least 50 players right from level 1. This stands in a marked contrast to the common MMO trend of making raids endgame content that require grinding or buying loot boxes — or both.”

The Ship of Heroes team is working hard on building this City of Heroes spiritual successor and hopes to have a beta out by the end of 2018. A combat alpha is scheduled to begin next month.

Source: Press release
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Alex Malone

I’m not a big fan of superheroes, but every time I read something about SoH is become a little bit more interested in the game.

They are actually trying to make an MMO! They are actually creating massively-multiplayer features! I’m really pleased.

That said, I don’t think they’ll actually achieve it as they’re using UE4, but I hope that they do and I’m glad they are at least trying.

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Dug From The Earth

Target 30 fps?

Yeah… this alone is enough reason for me to lose interest in this game.

60 FPS or bust.

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overbyte

It was literally 60fps until they added 200 clones on the screen at one time. This is a stress test not a normal game environment where you might see maybe 50 other players in a hub in an extreme circumstance

This is a huge success

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MrNastyButler

I’m liking what I’m seeing. Hoping for the best from this.

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Denice J. Cook

I’m really impressed with all the forward motion this game seems to be making. It’s the newest by far of all CoX’s spiritual successors, but I bet it will be the first one to actually launch.

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A Dad Supreme

That’s been my impression as well.

The other CoH successors seem like amateur weekend hobbyists and internet chat warriors whereas these guys seemed to be actually working on a professional level and it shows in how fast they’ve come along in much less time.

Not that anything’s wrong with being amateurs, but this is supposed to be a professional venture and this company appears to understand that.

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Melissa McDonald

Very cool. I wonder how it handles it when each avatar looks different and it has to draw different cosmetics?

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justin something

That’s the next step – of course that gets trickier. But with up to 300 clones shown (though the frame rate drops below 30fps after 200) it’s a pretty safe bet that 50 person raids are doable and even bigger raids are possible.

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camren_rooke

I remember having to turn off ALL power effects for Mothership raids else it became City of Powerpoint Slides.

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justin something

City of Powerpoint Slides… you’ve stolen my idea for the next big thing in mobile superhero MMO gaming! Just a series of static images with heroic sound effects (big explosions).

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silverlock

Nothing wrong with a super hero cyoa comic book.

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camren_rooke

Add auto completion for quests and its a winning combination!