Ship of Heroes studio Heroic Games is clearly conscious of the MMORPG playerbase’s demand for gameplay videos before Kickstarter, which is likely why this week it’s put out out a brand-new video showing off combat in the superhero MMO.
So how it’s looking? Not too shabby for alpha, though it takes a bit to really get going and the demo character (signature hero Meltdown, built in the player-accessible character creator) is happily setting aliens (Nagdelians) on fire. Fire blasters are going to be happy, anyway. Heroic tells us that the video was shot inside the playable Apotheosis City and that the UI and targeting system are complete.
“Meltdown utilizes six different powers in the video – four attacks and two self-buffs. The attacks are a ranged location AOE, a ranged targeted AOE, a single target attack, and a short range cone attack. Meltdown is able to buff his damage and later his health regeneration (useful in boss fights). […] The [enemy] soldiers and lieutenant each demonstrate two ranged attacks with different damage levels, and the lieutenant additionally has a slow recharge power to call for reinforcements. […] Meltdown defeats seven enemies in a fight lasting about 90 seconds, and he takes significant damage.”
SoH is one of five (!) City of Heroes-inspired superhero MMORPGs currently in production, though this is the only one that’s set on a sci-fi-flavored, self-contained starship dubbed the FHS Justice (hence the aliens). Its Kickstarter is set to begin on April 4th, with alpha to run this year and next.