City of Heroes Homecoming confirms NCsoft talks continue, plans new name, domain, and launcher

    
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City of Heroes Homecoming confirms NCsoft talks continue, plans new name, domain, and launcher

Of all the City of Heroes rogue servers to spring up over the last year in the wake of the 2019 reveal that the game’s code was out in the wild, the one that’s attracted the most attention and players is surely Homecoming. And a large part of the reason was the fact that its reps have been in talks with NCsoft to secure some sort of legitimacy. Those talks have lingered on for over a year now, with Homecoming developers being publicly tight-lipped about what was going on, to the irritation of pretty much everyone who wasn’t already a doubter.

But yesterday, the team actually provided players an update on that process, along with news about some other big changes for the servers. The short version is that talks continue.

“Over the past year we’ve been working closely together to make this work, and have made significant headway in several areas. Unfortunately, Coronavirus has hindered the pace of these discussions somewhat, but we’re still having regular meetings and are slowly but surely moving towards a positive outcome. Many of the updates we’re talking about today are a result of these ongoing talks. There’s still a ton of work going on behind the scenes to get us to the finish line, and we’d like to thank you all for your continued patience. TL;DR: Still Soon™, but Soon™er than before.”

As for the rest of those updates? Well, apparently the group is changing its name from City of Heroes: Homecoming to Homecoming: City of Heroes, changing its domain to homecomingcoh.com, and moving to a brand-new launcher that doesn’t rely on the much older Tequila base. “It’s designed to be light and fast, and is built with a focus on security,” the team explains. “It allows you to selectively install and remove the beta / staging servers (and toggle automatic updates for each), features a built-in server status monitor, and has a much more usable news feed.”

This past spring, we compiled an updated list on all the available City of Heroes rogue servers, worth a peek if you’re still hunting for a home in Paragon City.

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Noyjitat

Is anyone really stupid enough to believe these talks are still going on? “Talks”started nearly a Decade ago when the game shut down…

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Sarblade

Ahah sure thing, keep gatekeeping with unproven talks

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Castagere Shaikura

I refuse to get into this game until NCsoft makes a decision about what they will do. I was burned once already over this game. Back in the day friends and I would have late-night sessions playing the game.

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Noyjitat

You have several servers to play on and the code is out in the wild so ncsoft cant shut
Them all down. You should pick a place to play while people are still interested in hosting and playing because it wont be there forever.

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Utakata

It’s like they’re changing their names from the Peoples’ Front of Judea to The Judean People’s Front… o.O

…the other news seems okay though. :)

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IronSalamander8 .

I admit that I’ve not played much for awhile, even though I did donate to the group last year. I also admit that having more legitimacy would likely entice me to play more as I don’t want the bottom to fall out again.

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Dug From The Earth

Not that legitimacy has ever stopped the bottom from falling out for anything else :P

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IronSalamander8 .

True, but the fact that this is essentially a fan project carries a little extra concern over the normal ‘live service’ concerns we have these days.

I miss the days of just buying the game and owning the thing for good. Even if sometimes you have to jump through hoops to get them to work.

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Dug From The Earth

I miss the days of just buying the game and owning the thing for good

amen to that.

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Bruno Brito

True, but the fact that this is essentially a fan project carries a little extra concern over the normal ‘live service’ concerns we have these days.

I find that debatable. I think the Homecoming team has more chance of not wanting to ever shutdown the server than NCSoft ever had, considering the state of the game right now.

I mean, if a capable team put out a Classic EQ2 project out there, i’ll be honest: I see that having a way more prolongued life than anything by DBG.

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IronSalamander8 .

I agree that they have a fan’s investment in not wanting to see it die, but they may not have the final say here, is more of where I’m coming from.

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Bruno Brito

It always depend. Homecoming? For sure, they can have a short life if they look for legitimacy.

Private servers that don’t give a crap about that and accept their sketchy nature tend to live long and prosper. Servers like SWG:Legends that while being based on stolen code, is kicking pretty well and won’t go anywhere, or servers like Kronos WoW who’s been pretty much around for more than 3 years now and are hosted in unachievable places.

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Noyjitat

Yep was there for swg reborn and the launch of legends. I dont play as much now but legends is a great server.

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xpsync

S..S..S..SOM…SOMEONE SAY EQ2 Classic :)

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Bruno Brito

Yes. Please. I need it.

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xpsync

Same, for some weird ass reason?

It’s not that i didn’t like it, my heart is more into Atypical mmorpg style games and is where i like to focus my time, but, the odd day feel like firing it up, for an hour or so.

Long since deleted, and serious enough someone running it could say meh not interested and shut it down. Sure you could go elsewhere but start over every time.

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styopa

Fantastic news. I loved COH coming back and rebuilt my old toon, got him all the way to 50, but was hard-pressed to invest more time in it as it just felt…like there was no future.
If this happens the way it seems, there might be life in the old girl yet. Would be fantastic to see some real development and expansion as well.

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Dug From The Earth

The one interesting take away I got from this is how they mention that,

“Many of the updates we’re talking about today are a result of these ongoing talks”

To me the changes they are focusing on:

1. Branding, both game and website
2. Security

Both things that would be important to a more professional entity/company who wanted to make sure that “their” IP was being “handled” properly.

This could mean that NCSoft could actually be considering having CoH be legit, as long as it follows certain standards and guidelines. Whether that will be something hosted and controlled by someone other than NCSoft or not is still not something that can be deduced.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Yeah. The name change seems something a company would require to ensure there isn’t brand confusion in the future. Basically saying, “You can use City of Heroes, but we want it clear that any future City of Heroes: ProjectName is ours alone, so you’ll have to use Homecoming: City of Heroes.”

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xpsync

Awesome! Happy for you CoH vets out there! Seems there is littel to no doubt it’s back for good!