NCsoft rep says bringing City of Heroes toons to Master x Master was his ‘passion project’

    
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We’ve been speaking with NCsoft West off the record this week, agitating for publicly printable answers on the Master X Master decision to implement City of Heroes characters (to the loud outrage of disgruntled City of Heroes players). But apparently we won’t have to, as some of the answers have been published today.

Lorehound quotes NCsoft MXM Brand Manager Sean Orlikowski as saying that adding Statesman to the MOBA was his personal “passion project for the last two years.”

“I saw it as a way to incorporate a character from a beloved title into our universe. Myself and the producer for MXM were both big fans of City of Heroes (I was more on the CoV side, myself) and we worked together to make sure we got his skills, look, and even his VO right since he’d only ever been voiced for a single sentence of a single trailer in the past. The bottom line for me was that nearly all of NCSOFT’s properties were being represented in the game; Aion, Blade & Soul, Lineage II, WildStar, Guild Wars 2, even Death Knight from the original Lineage MMO are in the game. I wanted the West to have proper representation, so we started brainstorming ideas for Western characters to add to Rytlock and Mondo Zax who were already in development. I made the argument for Statesman because the MXM universe offered a way he could be prominent again, and the rest is history.”

Orlikowski says he understands why players are pissed off but hopes people understand Statesman wasn’t added out of “malice” and that he has worked hard to ensure the character was done properly and with respect — as a “tribute.”

“People didn’t love City of Heroes because of the Statesman,” he acknowledges. “They loved it because of their own characters, their own stories, the amazing roleplay community, and the friendships that many of us still hold today. I can’t personally give any of that back to you, but I can pay homage to a character who acts in some ways as a symbol for those things.”

And yes, eXteel mechs, Auto Assault cars, and Tabula Rasa characters could indeed someday wind up in the game.

Source: Lorehound

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Celestia

Not interested in another NCsoft game that they will shut down once I start playing.

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Kevin McCaughey

I am so interested in this story that I actually signed up for the beta. If it arouses that must passion then surely there was something really good about COH, which I never played. It will be interesting to see if it isn’t yet another dumbed down combat, dumbed down PvE that is all we seem to get these days.

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Steven Scott

If for some reason WoW were shut down tomorrow, a lot of people would be pissed off.

And nobody would consider “you can play as Thrall in Heroes of the Storm!” much consolation.

I respect that Orlikowski had good intentions but he shouldn’t have expected that it would be welcomed. NCSoft burned a lot of bridges with CoH and the fans hostility to them now is all down to their actions.

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Robert Mann

^ That.

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Denice J. Cook

Exactly this. ^

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Randell Hunt

To be truthful. I honestly don’t care. I can appreciate that perspective, but Statesman in a MOBA is about 10,000 miles away from what I actually want in relation to COH.

The whole nonsense of how that game was canceled while profitable, right after new content people paid for, right before new major content, and followed by all the drek afterwards was heinous. Putting a bandaid on a bullet wound long after the scar healed over is an insult, not a tribute. Especially since when shot, by them, they just watched us bleed out and counted their money.

The idea of putting Statesman in a MOBA is not a terrible one. The idea of putting Statesman in a MOBA considering how that game was killed off and NCSofts complete lack of contrition however is a magnificent mistake. Why the heck would I want to give the company that killed one of my favorite games, while it was successful, money for a pale shadow of an homage to that game?

Maybe the guy who fought for it had his heart in the right place. But I don’t trust that NCSoft does. I think they just see all the successor projects and said “I like money.” So yeah, all of the none of that.

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Don Hawthorne

Look, let’s be clear:
Fuck the “homage” horseshit.
If NCSoft wants our money, turn CoH back on.
Couldn’t be simpler.
Until then, none of us wants to hear jack shit from them, we don’t care if their next game cures cancer.

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Connor

“Until then, none of us wants to hear jack shit from them, we don’t care if their next game cures cancer.”

This sentiment is part of the reason why NCSoft’s execs in Korea couldn’t care less about the statistically negligible revenue stream they lost with City of Heroes.

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Denice J. Cook

Actually, it’s the opposite: NCSoft’s poor treatment of CoX, its developers and its player base is why CoX players will never buy or play anything else NCSoft publishes.

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BDJ

I played City of Heroes for a long time. I play NCSoft games. Kinda goes against your claim there.

Im sure losing all 500 of you die-hards that hold decade long grudges over a video game keeps them up at night lol.

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James Crow

I Really don’t get all the hate for this but no one hate blizzard when they added the beloved “lost vikings” to HOTN”

im not into the whole moba genre but i played a little mxm and love what they done to the game.

and if ncsoft want my vote than please give me Prince Ruric from GW1 – after all they already added the rytlok with rurik sword :)

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Bryan Correll

I Really don’t get all the hate for this but no one hate blizzard when they added the beloved “lost vikings” to HOTN”

Want to play The Lost Vikings? Download it right here from Blizzard.

Want to play Ciy of Heroes? Tough shit.

See the difference?

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James Crow

What about TLV2?

Anyway people need to know, when you play an mmo there a chance the game going to cancelled and never comeback after all its all business.

And i played coh/v, hellgate (lifetime), tabular rasa and monster & me.

All those games was very unique but i dont blame the companies for canceling them.

I would glad to see coh again but right now it’s not going to happen and I’m happy that I can playing with one of the characters in other game.

That’s it.

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Bryan Correll

What about TLV2?

Well, if you owned in the past and still have it you can play it (assuming you have the system for it.) Otherwise download it here.

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James Crow

I was kidding, have all classic Sega, s/nes and n64 game on my computer include TLV and Beloved Golden Axe series.

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mechageist

“I was kidding, have all classic Sega, s/nes and n64 game on my computer include TLV and Beloved Golden Axe series.”
Now i’m confused. In that case what was the point of your original comment again?

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McGuffn

Auto Assault cars…. You’ve got to be kidding. I don’t know what exteel was.

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Witches

I’m sure MxM could live without the added pressure of having to be a nearly flawless game to overcome the ill will this decision created.

This is a good example of how not to handle an IP.

I still think this is shock treatment, this helps people come to terms with the death of CoH, i just think adding this baggage to MxM is a bad move.

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Joshex Dirad

aw… and there goes all my wild theories of a hidden message from the CoX negotiators… I even though MxM was a ploy on MWM (missing worlds media)… shame..

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Estranged

I think it was a nice gesture.

Emotional intelligence is a virtue and worth the effort.

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Don Hawthorne

So is dedication.

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Estranged

I think such dedication that causes a well-meaning soul to be attacked online is coming close to cult status.

George Carlin used to joke about how motivated people are the ones that should concern society.