Ship of Heroes says it plans ‘to top the City of Heroes character creator’

    
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This week, Heroic Games’ Casey McGeever hit the Ship of Heroes forums to discuss some of the content already in the game – and some that’s still on the way. The update came in response to a player who’d effectively asked about accessibility of both the technical and gameplay variety.

“We have done, and will continue to do, everything we can to enable people to play, even if they have older or graphically weaker computers. You may not be playing on Ultra settings (we can only do so much from our end), but we’ve done a lot in this regard,” McGeever says. “You can solo most content, and do not need to team in order to advance. In fact, there are a lot of features designed to make solo play fun.” And what about casuals? That’s doable too, and sidekicking is still on the way: “You should be able to play at your own pace. Since we are committed to positive community, you should be welcomed on any team, even if you are new or inexperienced.”

The quote that stood out to me, however, is the bold statement about the character creator in comparison to City of Heroes.

“We plan to top the COH character creator. We will see if that is possible, but we feel good about it, right now.”

It’s a high bar indeed, but one we’d love to see cleared over and over by more games. Heroic sent along a few new screenshots too; you can check those out below.

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Crowe

That statement sounds more like a “personal” goal that they are trying to hit. I’d be curious to see what they have at launch but it would be hard to match what CoH has. (unless they’re trying to beat what CoH had at CoH’s launch… still a high bar)

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Ririrawr

aw yeah, am hoping all the upcoming superheroes games challenge that bar set by cryptic (both for CoX and CO)… and yes still annoyed with their watered down version of it in neverwinter (comparatively)

graphics and tech: not that important. some ppl like realistic visuals, some don’t.

cosmetic choices: again, not that important, since there is never ever enough choices, ever (true!)

but, options? actual legit options that let the creative players BREAK your tailor? YES, that is where the focus should be

because, most average folk will make awesome looking heroes anyway; and some not so creative people will stick whiskers on a female and call her a catgirl (me); buuuuuut the truly creative folk? they will destroy the tailor to force it to spit out things that no one else ever thought would be possible.

for example on champs:
– sharks, as in legit, horizontal floating-y shark and not a vertical anthropomorphic thing
– treant type mobile fauna, that barely resembles a humanoid form
– a ghost train engine (seriously)
– and one that i adore from my pal who made a supersmart snake that roams around wearing robotic arms and legs :3

people are supercreative. give them superoptions. not just choices of outfits. watch them break your system in amazingly pleasant ways!

this should be the goal for all the projects in the works! let people break your tailors!

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Castagere Shaikura

Playing CoH lately reminded me how much I really hate that enhancement system/ feature. God, I hope they are not going to do that in this game.

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MrNastyButler

I partly expect them to make a lot of the cosmetics packages you have to pay for now. That would be extremely disappointing.

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NeoWolf

Thats a dangerous statement to make expectationwise… lol I hope they live up to it, it would make me VERY happy.

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Dug From The Earth

Thats a bold statement and goal to achieve. If they do, awesome… but ill remain skeptical for now. City of Heroes CC is simply amazing and the best of any mmorpg out, despite being dated.

Here are just a few of my creations
(From left to right – Robo Turtle, Robo Penguin, Soul Reaver, Judge Dwarf, and Dad of Boy (Kratos) )

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CW Eckert

Those are really well done! I particularly love the muted color schemes; they look like something you’d see on a named NPC.

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Crowe

No Pounding Panda?

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styopa

I hope so, and I genuinely hope their product is awesome. I hope it’s actually possible to make a 2019 COH version that’s fun, and that 2012 CoH didn’t just happen to land on a specific balance of factors that are impossible to replicate.

As much as I enjoy playing CoH now, damn I feel bad for these guys who put it on the line to develop an actual successor, only to really have the rug yanked out from under them with the release of the legacy code.

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Tamanous

Champions Online set the bar for character creators, not CoH. Although decent, I find the CoH creator extremely limiting.

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Craig Christensen

That’s because the same company made it.

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Castagere Shaikura

You’re a brave person giving props to Champions Online on this site.

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Aluminum Man

Well sure … I mean you’re going to have to be “better” than CoH to get CoH players to pay to play your new game when CoH is available for free.

“Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson

That “punch in the mouth” for all of the successor projects was the release of of the CoH code and the incredible resurgence of the game and the players. Now it’s time to see some kind of actual playable game and not just screenshots, short videos, and lore drops. It’s been over 6 years guys – time to show us something!

Any new superhero game coming out recently or in the future should do everything CoH did -better- than CoH did … so far none of them have.

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CW Eckert

Granted they’re also working on a fraction of the budget with fewer staff and potentially less development experience coming into it. What they are doing is important for the future of the community, and I hope recent developments with the private server project continues to motivate them. But ultimately, without additional staffing or capital, it’s going to take a while.

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Axetwin .

My main question, and this might really annoy people because I’m asking it. How much of the character creator is going to be locked behind the cash shop? That has been one of my big gripes that covers ALL the super hero MMO’s. Every single one of them knows nailing the costume is the first most important step, so they expect players to pay out the nose for it.

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Craig Christensen

I would be ok with all pieces available and the paywall being additional color palettes, color layers and textures.