city of heroes

Official Site: City of Heroes
Studio: Paragon Studios/NCsoft
Launch Date: April 27, 2004
Sunset Date: November 30, 2012
Homecoming License Date: January 4, 2024
Genre: Superhero Hybrid Themepark
Business Model: Hybrid F2P (Optional Sub, Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, Mac

Our more specific coverage of the City of Heroes revival is also binned here; you can find the tighter chronology of community rogue server posts right here; regular coverage following the official licensing of the Homecoming servers resumes under the regular City of Heroes tag.

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Into the Super-verse: Missing in City of Heroes is part of what makes it hit

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It seems like we're never going to be done talking about City of Heroes at this point, and clearly I am here for this....

Daybreak is hosting an EverQuest panel and player meet-and-greet at PAX East 2024

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One step back, two steps forward for Daybreak: While the company is currently struggling with layoffs, delayed products, and the abrupt and poorly communicated...
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City of Heroes: Homecoming i27p7 is live with newbie improvements, new story arc, and new powersets

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A month and a half ago, City of Heroes came back when the Homecoming servers got the official license from NCsoft. A month ago,...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 458: PlanetSide 2 in limbo

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Justin and Bree discuss Daybreak selling PlanetSide, Nightingale's early access, Islands of Insight's launch, and NCsoft's financials with Guild Wars 2 and Throne & Liberty, with adventures in Elder Scrolls Online, LOTRO, City of Heroes, and SWG Legends, plus a mailbag topic on features we want to see in features for Amazon's LOTR and ZeniMax's Star Wars MMOs.

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG’s graphics hold up long past their due?

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When Dark Age of Camelot first hit beta a million years ago, I remember being super impressed with its graphics. Up until that point,...
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The Soapbox: Why I’m OK with ‘missing’ attacks in City of Heroes

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The other day in the MassivelyOP work chat, we were talking about City of Heroes. Shocking, I know. But I've mentioned before that I...
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Into the Super-Verse: So what can Homecoming do with City of Heroes’ Incarnates?

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Last week I talked about the major issues that City of Heroes' Incarnate system introduced to the game, and the fact of the matter...

Working As Intended: 10 City of Heroes Homecoming base builds you need to see

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This winter, I've been obsessed with City of Heroes Homecoming's supergroup base builds, which as we've previously discussed here in Working As Intended are...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 457: Sailing into February with cannons blazing

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Justin and Bree discuss Skull & Bones, FFXIV on Xbox, WoW Classic, New World, and Nightingale, with adventures in LOTRO, Elder Scrolls Online, and City of Heroes, plus mailbag topics on day and night cycles and getting out of MMO gaming ruts.
I HAVE TO RENEW MY HOUSE COME ON

Vague Patch Notes: MMORPGs and the PC gaming market

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I find myself thinking a lot about the MMORPG industry lately and the ways in which the gaming industry as a whole has changed...

Working As Intended: A guide to City of Heroes Homecoming’s best player-crafted portal bases

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A few years ago, I was wandering around in City of Heroes when someone advertised a cool base in chat. All I had to...

Massively Overthinking: When the original MMO is better than the sequel

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A few weeks ago, two lovely gamers I follow on Bluesky were discussing how let down they felt by Diablo IV, less because Diablo...
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Into the Super-Verse: What’s wrong with City of Heroes’ Incarnate system?

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It hasn't been all that long since I said that what City of Heroes needs to focus on right now is not endgame content,...

Working As Intended: City of Heroes macros and popmenus for noobs

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In my first braindump on City of Heroes for this column, I tried to ease superhero fans into the world of modding the 20-year-old...
I need to start taking my own shots here.

Into the Super-Verse: Early SOs pose a perplexing problem in City of Heroes Homecoming

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Last week, I talked a bit about how to gear yourself up in City of Heroes. Just yesterday, Bree gave an example for how...

City of Heroes Homecoming kicks off Spring Fling event, upgrades SQL server to handle player load

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Even heroes celebrate Valentine's Day, apparently: City of Heroes Homecoming has officially launched its V-day-themed Spring Fling event as of last night. It doesn't...

Working As Intended: Yes, you can make money as a newbie in City of Heroes

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Something I've heard over and over from commenters and even newbies in City of Heroes Homecoming ever since the official license was announced is...

The Stream Team: Previewing City of Heroes Homecoming’s new Arsenal powersets

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MOP's Chris is back on Brainstorm! That's right, today he'll be heading to the test server of City of Heroes: Homecoming to check out...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 455: Odyssey to the abyss

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Justin and Bree discuss Riot's and Blizzard's layoffs, the death of Blizzard's Odyssey, Palworld, Kritika, The Day Before, and Star Trek Online, with adventures in Guild Wars 2 and City of Heroes, plus a mailbag topic on memorable fluff loot.

City of Heroes players filled Homecoming’s latest $8.6K monthly donation round in three hours

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When NCsoft granted Homecoming LLC a license to operate City of Heroes at the top of January, one of the questions a lot of...

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