Ship of Heroes’ latest video demos city street immersion on the spaceship

    
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Ship of Heroes is following up its roadmap and immersive NPC AI discussion with a video that puts the content progress into perspective.

“Immersion is a key element in any videogame,” Heroic Games’ Casey McGeever explains. “It’s rare for multiplayer-focused games to have a modern, urban setting that is not a dystopian ruin or an empty PVP battlefield. In the Ship of Heroes setting, immersion is powerfully enhanced by having NPCs, cars, trains, and player heroes mingling on the city streets.”

And it’s a lot of NPCs – apparently, the latest tests include up to 300 player toons plus NPCs on-screen with no FPS drop, which is pretty damn important in a superhero MMORPG where beating up piles of baddies is a key feature. “That’s not [just] 300 unique actors in the game at the same time,” McGeever cautions. “It’s 300 on the screen.”

Check out the whole video below, then stay tuned for the separate day/night cycle video Heroic says it’s working on next (though you can see some of the effects in this one).

Source: Press release
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dolorousdave
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dolorousdave

For the love of all that is good and holy, please update the logo for this game! It looks straight out of 2001.

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MrNastyButler

Rather interesting. I’m curious if the speech giver will always be there or if they will also be affected by the dynamic changes based off the day/night cycle.

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IronSalamander8 .

I’m getting such a case of deja vu with this, in a good way. Give it to us!

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partiesplayin

Looks verry promising, lets hope they can deliver the best hero mmorpg ever created.

camren_rooke
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camren_rooke

Also, the title….

uhm…

Here in my ship
I feel safest of all
I can see all my peeps
It’s the only way to live
Civilians in cars.

Sorry, sorry….I’ll leave.

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

No no, please stay and finish!

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Utakata

Where did they mine all that stone and marble from when there’s only 40 feet down before they hit the scrith? o.O

“Shush! Just enjoy the video, Uta!”

…oh, okays! >.<

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CubAvenger

I may have missed the update, but:

1) How many /dance emotes are there?
2) Does the /dance emote involve a boombox placed on the ground in front of the player character?
3) Can we customize the music that comes out of said boombox to play ogg files from a folder on our hard drive that may or may not be titled “City of Heroes Boombox Music”? (Or mp3 or wav, I can convert those ogg files!)

I ask because this is looking more and more like a new place to call home, and I’m starting to get excited about the possibilities.

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IronSalamander8 .

Yes please! Give us that awesome boombox emote! I so loved doing that one, especially in groups of low level mobs on Striga Isle that were already rocking out since I wouldn’t aggro them! :D

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Mark Jacobs

Looks like they are moving along nicely. Keep it up!!!

camren_rooke
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camren_rooke

I like what I’m seeing too. To me, that looked more realistic than some of the areas I remembered in City of Heroes, what with whole troupes of civvies marching single file.

I mean that is fine for Grandville but this was Atlas Park.

Looks pretty good to me!

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snacky

I like what I’m seeing.