“This is a donor event, a ‘thank you’ to all the donors who helped make Ship of Heroes possible over the last two and a half years,” Heroic Games writes. “Everyone who has donated $50 or more during that time is eligible to test out the CCT during this system Beta, and to run around in Apotheosis City. The Beta will last for one week. Originally we had a cutoff date of October 15th for qualifying donations for the Beta, but now we are adding everyone who achieved the $50 level, even if it was after the 15th. Below you’ll find instructions for how to join, how to install and run the game, and a variety of commands you can use once you’re in Apotheosis City.”
The official blog notes that all travel powers will be on during the event, and yep, you’ll be able to chat and run around certain maps in the game too – it’s not just about demoing the toon builder. Definitely check out the official posting, as it includes basic install instructions, tips for settings, and commands you’ll want to use. The devs also say they’ll be capping instances sizes between 50 and 75; like City of Heroes, Ship of Heroes will just spawn new city instances as needed, though bear in mind you may end up in an emptyish one.
Fun fact: Heroic Games says all the pics in the gallery above were “created by a family member of a dev” who had no familiarity with video game character gen. “We wanted to see if non-devs could make nice-looking characters,” the team writes. “The answer is an emphatic yes.” And yes, you can save toons and character names during this test and apply them toward the real game.
We’ve been covering Ship of Heroes for the last several years, but here’s a quick rundown of just our character creation tool articles since summer. They’ve kinda been prepping this for a while!