Nearly 30K people have rolled City of Heroes rogue server accounts as the game turns 15 years old

    
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The City of Heroes community’s live rogue server, Torchbearer, came online yesterday thanks to player developers and continues today with a new record: over 22000 accounts, 3500 4000 concurrency, and 47000 characters, just in time for the game’s 15th anniversary this weekend.

But that doesn’t mean the players are resting on their laurels: The “Homecoming” team, as it’s calling itself, has just put up a second server this evening, accessible alongside Torchbearer, to help spread the load this weekend. It’s called Excelsior.

“We have launched second shard named Excelsior! Over the past 48 hours we’ve been closely monitoring the servers, and while we’ve been able to address and resolve some of the problems, we’re at a point where any further improvements we make to Torchbearer will suffer from diminishing returns. We’re hoping that this new shard will help spread the load out a little so that we are able to continue to grow and handle all of the hugs you guys are giving the servers.”

The player developers say they’re still working on cross-global chat, though global handles are indeed now a thing. [Update: Now both servers have a mutual global chat and auction hall.] But these are not technically sanctioned by NCsoft, and discussions with the company apparently continue on behind the scenes, so it is still not clear whether either of these shards will be wiped or maintained permanently, nor how they will be funded long-term.

“Our primary long-term goal is still to ensure that the community has a stable server that we can all enjoy together in perpetuity,” the devs write. “Right now we cannot say if this server will be that, but we are not closed off to that possibility. If for whatever reason that primary goal requires us to shut this server down or wipe the character database, then we will do that. Outside of fulfilling that goal, we don’t foresee any reason why a character wipe would need to occur.”

Expect double XP bonuses all weekend along with costume contests all Saturday on Excelsior. Happy 15th birthday, City of Heroes.

Update 04/27/2019 09:35 AM
Here are the precise details for the events today.

“In order to help celebrate the Anniversary, double XP will be enabled on Saturday, April 27th and will continue to remain active until 12:00 AM (Midnight) PST on Monday.

“We are planning to host costume contests at approx. 2 PM PST on Saturday, April 27th, on the Excelsior shard. Because of the amount of players we are expecting to have online over the weekend we cannot make this a guarantee but rest assured that it something that we want to do and will try our hardest to work out. As it currently stands, we plan to host these costume contests in Kings Row at Freedom Plaza (next to Blue Steel). The GMs will be spreading out across the different Kings Row instances to organize and run each costume contest. The winner in each costume contest will be awarded with 10 million influence and a fancy golden title. The three runner-ups will each be awarded 2 million influence and a slightly less fancy golden title.”

Update 04/27/2019 9:45 PM
Please remember that over the course of the last two weeks of this community effort, there have been bad actors making a concerted effort to thwart it or hassle participants, from faking articles to faking forum threads to the hoax that took down the first test server. Apparently now there are folks abusing the community by impersonating VIPs and illegitimately asking for money in the name of the devs on the current servers. Nobody legitimate is asking for money for these servers right now. Please do NOT give anyone money.

In fact it’s probably best to assume that if you’re hearing anything that isn’t coming directly from the Homecoming team or the Discord admin or verified by us, it’s probably bullshit.

There’s some good news from the team running the servers, however!

Update 04/28/2019 4:49 PM
Update queues have been pretty crazy today as the game approaches 30,000 accounts rolled. It looks as if two new servers are about to go live: Indomitable and Everlasting.
Update 04/28/2019 6:00 PM
And how the Homecoming Team has a fresh Discord for a fresh start. We’ll have a complete recap of what’s going on in the morning.
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Humble DG

I think it’s very cool that this sort of thing is happening and there is a general excitement for this community. However, I’m really curious of the 30k people who have enrolled in these rogue servers, how many would actually pay to play them?

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dthblayde

I think a great many of them would still pay. Not into NCSoft’s pockets though. After all these years , folks are still bitter as fuq over the closure.

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Doubleplusgood

New servers are up! thank you everyone for getting these going.

The question now is do I recreate all my characters and start at lvl 1 on a new server hoping it does not get a queue, or do I keep my characters on torchbearer and hope that enough people transfer that there will not be a 1000+ person queue.

I have a feeling torchbearer will always have a queue since it was the first server so I think I am going to restart

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Dave Ward

Now if they can only stay up long enough to actually create a character :D Trying for Everlasting.

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Bruno Brito

Got a postapocalyptic samurai hero with a spear and radiation armor.

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Doubleplusgood

Take hover so your samurai can fly in to combat with his spear and radiation armor!

I am enjoying the powersets I never got to try. I made a beam rifle/atomic manipulation cat in a space suit with bubble helmet :)

there are so many costume pieces I have never seen before, and powers too. I am having so much fun trying them all!

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Bruno Brito

I’ll prolly create a lot of characters from this universe alone, i made a villain on Excelsior that is a ex nuclear factory worker that was in a explosion. He can conjure radioactive ice or sheer radiation to heal and harm, and must always use his protective outfit.

I like postapocalyptic stuff.

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Doubleplusgood

there is even postapocalyptic themed costume pieces that I have never seen before. I am trying to think of an idea for a character to use them

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Peregrine Falcon

GM Jimmy announced that 4,000 people were playing earlier and 3,000 people were in queues waiting to play. That’s 7,000 people that want to play City of Heroes.

Hmmmm…. I wonder if $15 subs from those folks would be enough to keep the servers alive?

I wonder if WILDSTAR ever had 7,000 concurrent players?

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Bruno Brito

i believe WS launch had quite a lot of people.

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Crowe

Almost 4 hours in queue, finally got in to character list, hit Next because the selected character was the one I wanted to play… lost connection.

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Doubleplusgood

yeah I’ve given up for now. i thought since its getting later queue would reduce, but its actually increasing. I will wait a couple days and see if they get any more servers its not possible to play right now without waiting a very long time

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Castagere Shaikura

I wonder how long NCsoft will let this last.

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Aaron Weddle

At this point there is very little they can do to stop it the code is out there i personally have copies on my computer and i’m not the only one they may shut down the homecoming servers but much like the hydra when they cut off one head many more will take its place… ain’t no power like the power of the people and the power of the people don’t stop

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NeoWolf

I was watching a streamer on twitch play some COH the other night, it was a nice bit of nostalgia but damn that game has not aged well visually..

semugh
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semugh

it was blocky right?
well imagine minecraft lol……

anyways I play NWN:EE daily and that game’s gfx came out in 2002. It’s straight warcarft3 lowpoly…

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NeoWolf

It was pretty much as I remembered it as it was when it came out… but viewed with eyes that have lived through the preceeding decade and a half that followed it and are now used to modern graphics.

It was nice seeing it again but the low resolutions and awful plain terrains etc.. are not something I could stand for long these days despite me utterly loving the game back then. :)

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NeoWolf

Yeah, it was definitely launch era graphics it looked exactly the same as I remember it when it first launched, which at the time admitedly were as good as they got.. but compared to todays graphics *shudder*.

This is the main reason why I don’t typically go back and play the really old games I loved as you cannot hellp but compare them now to modern standards and that isn’t a standard any of them can live up to.

As I say it was a nice reminiscence seeing it, but it didn’t make me want to go play it again it just made me wish there was something equivelant by modern day standards I could play instead.

I’ve definitely become something of a graphics snob in my middle age lol

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IronSalamander8 .

It was great and while later last night they had server issues again, I was able to play quite a bit before that.

Hard to believe how much I missed this one and how much it does better than so many other games, but yeah, loving it!

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Richard de Leon III

does one have to have the original software to play on these servers? i cant seem to find my original disks :(. its the main reason i havent been able to do the swg emu

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IronSalamander8 .

You need their tequila thing DLed, and a forum account with the homecoming forums. I still have the old install moved to an external HDD and the disks are around here somewhere, but I DLed it anyway on a different HDD to play.

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Aaron Weddle

psssst u don’t actually need the original disks for SWGemu either I use Iso’s they can’t tell the difference