“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).