Do you feel a burning desire to get in and try out one of the intended spiritual successors to City of Heroes? Because you can do exactly that right now with Valiance Online. The pre-alpha client is available for downloading and testing with no NDA, no restrictions, and no certainties about when the server may go down for patches and/or maintenance. Still, you can share your experiences freely with the world at large.
The pre-alpha patch notes have a pretty long list of improvements as well; players who’ve tested earlier versions can look forward to improved combat, improved enemy AI, improved power sets, and improved missions. The game is still obviously in an early state, so it’s far from feature-complete, but players can still get a sense of where the game is going by downloading the installer and getting the client running.