City of Heroes’ rogue servers mark their first anniversary as the game itself turns 16

    
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City of Heroes’ rogue servers mark their first anniversary as the game itself turns 16

It’s now been over a year since the City of Heroes community discovered the existence of a secret emulator, a discovery that led to the broad distribution of the code, the creation of more than a dozen rogue servers, and the de facto return of a beloved superhero MMO. And as of today, it’s been 16 years since the original game went live.

On the largest server group, Homecoming, that makes it time to mark the occasion the best way this game can: with a fresh badge for the badgers and an invasion from the Rikti. From now until maintenance on Tuesday, May 12th, all zones in Paragon City and the Rogue Isles will be subject to Rikti invasion, so if you’re looking to break up your Task Force and Death from Below runs with a little open world mayhem, this is your chance. The anniversary will also be commemorated with the new Resurgent badge granted to anyone who logs in during the month of May. And if you’re the sort of badger who needs a whole set, previous anniversary badges will be available for purchase from Luna in Ouroboros for 100 Reward Merits each.

Finally, there will be a couple of contests running in May: A screenshot contest with up to 1,000 Merits and a golden title up for grabs, and a themeless costume contest at Statesman Plaza in the center of Kallisti Wharf for a chance at Merits and a permanent costume power. You can click each respective link for details and timing.

Incidentally, we’d love to join in on the anniversary fun and stream it for you all, but NCsoft has apparently put the kibosh on all that, as evidenced by last month’s announcement that Homecoming would be banning players who stream the game while negotiations with the company continue. So you’ll just have to take part in the festivities for yourself, or you can take a peek back into our old streams from last year before the new regulations.

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Hikari Kenzaki

I really miss being able to stream this, but I stopped when Homecoming first asked (before they had to escalate to banning).

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NCSoft remains impossible to read, but that they’re making Homecoming jump through some hoops rather than straight up shutting them down has to be a good sign.

It’s a shame there’s no anniversary stream from you. The bank robbery (aka MOP vs ALL of Longbow) is an all-time classic.

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Ironwu

Still hoping NCSoft will approve this effort, set up an official licensing agreement, and do some sort of profit sharing.

Would love to see this game really survive and would certainly not mind paying a modest subscription ($5 would be good) to support it. Would even consider buying some costume bits if I could find something that would fit what I wanted to build!

Good luck, guys. And lets GO, NCSoft!

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Dug From The Earth

Honestly, I hope they just outright sell and get rid of the license.

As long as they maintain it, the game will never have the freedom to progress, and players will always get shafted some way monetarily because of NCsofts greed.

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Roger Christie

How are the players getting shafting monetarily when the entire game and every aspect of it is free? Also, you’re aware that Homecoming at least is continuing to develop the game, yes?

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Dug From The Earth

Take a bit of time and re-read my comment, please, and try to understand the context that is being used.

To sum up

The goal is to be able to have CoH running again in a LEGIT way, which means NCsoft either must

1. Sell the license
— Which means whoever has the license can determine the price model for the game, and control game updates, patches, etc.

2. Keep the license, but agree to have servers running again under their rule, keeping the license under the NCSoft name
— which means they set the price of subscription
— which means they can lock numerous things behind a cash shop (ie: similar to games like champions online)
— which means any current updates the game has seen will most likely be reverted (not officially endorsed dev work)
— which means we most likely wont see any new content, patches, or updates to the game

3. Keep the license and legally force anyone else to shut the game down (easier said than done, now that the code is on the net).

Again.. IF Ncsoft keeps the license, its more than likely that players will be unhappy with how NCsoft decides to run and monetize the game, or if they simply decided to go on a manhunt and shut down as many servers as possible. Homecomming would most likely vanish, and the only servers that would stay up would be those that remained hidden and exclusive invite only.

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Castagere Shaikura

Wow, it’s been a year and still nothing from NCsoft.

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Dug From The Earth

Another sign that they just dont care about the license/game.

They are probably testing the water to see if these rogue servers were going to be something worth worrying about.

Apparently a steady active playerbase of a few thousand doesnt appear to be.

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Bree Royce

Our understanding is that negotiations continue, so nope! Don’t think the pandemic helped; NCwest went into WFH mode weeks before most of the rest of the country did.

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TheQuinch

It’s been a year and I still have trouble believing it’s back.

There’s so many shoutouts to give. DestroyerStroyer for breaking the secret back in the day, and everyone else before him who tried to. Everyone who pulled together to first get servers running, then keep them running under the onslaught. Even Leandro – if grudgingly – for sharing the code with us, regardless of circumstances. The players who didn’t merely keep the game alive, but probably more active than it might have been in live. All the sparks in Ourodev who keep cranking out ways to make the game even better. All the dedicated people who started and keep dedicated servers going. And I’ve probably forgotten a bunch of deserving mentions.

Here’s to another year. And another. And another.

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IronSalamander8 .

So glad it’s playable again after the downtime, even if I’m not playing it all that much myself. I’m not holding my breath, but I do hope something good comes out of the talks with NCSoft as well.