City of Heroes’ Homecoming servers port to Canada this weekend, server status page is live

    
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The City of Heroes Homecoming servers are packing up their bags and moving to new hosting this weekend, so you should probably expect some downtime during the transition.

“We’ll be moving to OVH soon, likely this weekend,” Game Master Tempest writes on the team’s forums. “This move is a big one, and we’re expecting a transition time of around 6 hours. I do have some good news though, for you NA folk – the servers are going from The Netherlands to Canada! This should reduce latency a good bit. Additionally, we will be running at max-capacity full time after the move, instead of spinning up and down mapservers on demand, which should make for a more smooth experience for everyone involved!”

According to the devs, regular maintenance windows will be put in place once everything’s set back up again, although players should be warned that Architect Entertainment missions will be wiped, so if you’ve written one you like, back it up for reimport later.

The move was intended to be funded by a fundraising drive earlier this week – a drive that managed to pull in nearly $7000 in 20 minutes and was immediately closed when it met its goal. Apparently, that part’s hit a snag with PayPal because people were too generous, too quickly.

“[I]t looks like we’ve run into a bit of a speedbump with PayPal after that donation drive. The amounts that came in were so fast, it tripped up their security system, and unfortunately, they’re being rather mum on when they’re going to release those funds. The good news is this shouldn’t impact our move, but it does provide a bit of frustration on not being able to access the funds we’d earmarked for the move. […] After a phone conversation with PayPal, they clarified that at this point our only option is to wait for their security process to go through. Hopefully it shouldn’t take long, but as of right now our only option on this is to do as they asked – wait.”

As for recent updates? Arenas are now in place on the Homecoming servers, and market-fiends may also be bummed out today by a recent change the developers expect to be “controversial” – that’d be the update that “seeds” the market with salvage, so nobody will ever be paying more than 10K for common salvage, 100K for uncommon, or 1M for rare. “Please keep in mind that this is an experiment that we are doing to address the drastic inflation that we saw occurring between different time zones. Salvage was consistently doubling in price during certain times of the day.” The group has also noted that it has no plans to make recipes more expensive or less accessible – “if anything, the opposite may happen” – though it has no formal plans yet.

05/09/2019 2:38 PM
It sounds as if the PayPal problem has been resolved. “PayPal has released the funds!” the team posted to Discord. “We’ll have further updates and a timetable on the move soon.”
05/09/2019 4:48 PM
The team’s just put up a server status page so you can see which servers are up vs. down and how many people are on them at any given time.
Confused about what’s going on with the City of Heroes rogue servers? Our complete and extensive coverage from the last month can be found right here. The short version is that in April a leaker exposed a secret City of Heroes server that’s been running for the last six years using the sunsetted game’s original code, which was ultimately turned over to the community. There are now multiple player teams working on multiple public and private servers and server types for the beloved superhero MMORPG (as well as gobs of associated drama), with at least 32000 people signed up to play on one batch alone. So far, at least, NCsoft has not commented publicly or taken legal action on any of them, and the company is reportedly in talks with players regarding the game’s future.
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JohnnySilver

I do have some bad news though, for you EU folk – the servers are going from The Netherlands to Canada! This should increase latency a good bit

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Castagere Shaikura

Makes me wonder if the talks with NCsoft are going somewhere now.

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thirtymil

Given that Netherlands was closer for me, this is likely to put my latency up by at least 120 ms, probably more like 300 ms given past experience.

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BigAngry

I’ve been at a steady 250-300ms ping, being in the greater SoCal area, and it’s not bad at all, honestly. You’ll hopefully be fine.

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thirtymil

Anything less than 400 ms is usually fine in my experience – I mean, we used to play Doom and Quake PvP with 800 ms ping! But ever since those halcyon days I’ve been spoilt by too many years of <100 ms ping :)

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Bruno Brito

the servers are going from The Netherlands to Canada! This should reduce latency a good bit.

it’ll also give NCsoft a GREAT place to start taking them down.

I mean, i never ever knew about a America’s based server that’s not Brazilian, so, i’m willing to bet it’s a terrible place to set shop.

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IronSalamander8 .

I saw them post about the move before this article and was wondering about this situation. I have no idea if this is good or bad compared to Amsterdam to be sure, but one would think they’d have looked into that prior to any move.

I guess we’ll have to see how it all pans out.

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Bruno Brito

I’m not optimistic over this. I don’t know how stuff is around Canada, but i know that WoW Pservers NEVER operate in North America. EVER. Else, they risk being taken down by Blizzard, and it doesn’t stop with a C&D.

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BigAngry

I keep hoping the Canada thing is a misdirection of sorts… I’m not happy about this at all, and I’m not sure I fully trust the decision the Homecoming team made for this.

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TheDonDude

Recently I made Killbot 2000! He is a villainous bot… who kills!… 2000, I guess?

Anyway, he’s a Stalker who rules. I see they made Stalkers a lot better since I last played them. Hopefully that’s enough to remove the Don’t-Invite-Stalkers-They-Suck stigma they had going on for a while.

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Skoryy

First the fundraiser, now announcing hosting in Canada. It almost sounds to me that NCSoft has all but officially signed off on this.

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Thomas Lachac

What is my perfect crime? I break into NCsoft at midnight. Do I go for the characters? No, I go for the code. It’s priceless. As I’m downloading it, a woman catches me. She tells me to stop. It’s her father’s business. She’s NC. I say no. We make love all night. In the morning, the cops come and I escape in one of their uniforms. I tell her to meet me in Mexico, but I go to Amsterdam. I don’t trust her. Besides, I like the cold. Thirty years later, I get a postcard. I have a son and he’s the chief of NCsoft financial.. This is where the story gets interesting. I tell NC to meet me in Paris by the Trocadero. She’s been waiting for me all these years. She’s never taken another lover. I don’t care. I don’t show up. I go to Canada. That’s where I stashed the Servers.

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Skoryy

Uh.

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BalsBigBrother

I think the medication kicked in as soon as they started typing but if not I will echo your Uh What?

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TheDonDude

Here ya go!

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Bryan Correll

Whew. I was worried till I watched the video.

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Utakata

/blame Canada

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Crowe

First I was like wtf… but then I realized that this should be captured as a multi-mission story arc in the game. DO IT.

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Sixuality

Either that or this and the fundraising is overconfidence brought on by NCSoft’s apparent inaction. I’m no expert on such things, but isn’t Canada a more vulnerable site for hosting than Amsterdam if NCSoft do send in the lawyers?

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Doubleplusgood

I am surprised by this too. Canada was once known as a pirating haven years ago, but has gotten more stricter lately. There was just a news article two weeks ago about Canadians being sent lawsuit letters for downloading Game of Thrones. I am nervous about having servers here. But I guess will be great latency for me!

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Bruno Brito

Not worth the hassle. If the server is unprotected against NCSoft, then don’t start leveling there, latency or not.

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Matt Redding

It could all vanish tomorrow anyway. I’m just going to play and have fun, and if NCSoft quashes it at least I had some fun instead of waiting.

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Doubleplusgood

I agree, I don’t care if they end up getting shut down. I will enjoy playing this game while I can. I lost my all my characters once, I will rebuild again and have fun doing it! Plus It is very easy to level up to 50. I will keep all my costumes saved this time.
The only thing I will not do is get heavily involved with crafting and collecting recipes. I will just slot SO’s mostly. you really don’t need anything else to enjoy the game.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Agreed. There’s no ‘hassle’ at all. We’re playing frigging City of Heroes and that’s all that really matters.

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Bruno Brito

There IS a hassle, if the server shuts down after receiving donations because of a simple server location change.

I’m not that desperate for playing. I won’t stop, and since i’m used to pservers, i can deal with it just fine, but i wanna see how people around this “awesome community” will deal with that.

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Yep and no drama either when u play and have fun.