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.

Massively Overthinking: Fixing boring MMORPG dungeons

Earlier this month, MMO genre luminary Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street tweeted something from someone on his Ghost MMO team that's going to resonate with a...
Never gonna get it, never gonna get it.

Perfect Ten: MMORPGs as fast food joints

Sometimes you go out to eat because you want something that's difficult to make on your own or just involves techniques you are unfamiliar...

The Daily Grind: What’s the best MMO for playing on a potato?

I saw a thread on the MMORPG subreddit a while back asking about MMOs that function well on low-end machines, and I was actually...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO companies care about game preservation?

With game preservation back in the news thanks to Ubisoft's The Crew criming and the Stop Killing Games initiative, I thought it would be...

One Shots: Where’s the seatbelt on this thing?

As flashy and fun as it might be to adventure in a galaxy far, far away, I don't think any of us would last...

Massively Overthinking: Why and how we mod our MMORPGs

Last week, the MOP team was sitting around in our virtual offices, talking about modding Elder Scrolls Online, all because some of our readers...
Also, let's just put this out there, how about more robots?

Into the Super-Verse: A toast to City of Heroes’ 20th birthday

How does you mark your first true MMO experience? Anarchy Online technically was the first MMO I ever played, although I was on dial-up,...

City of Heroes rogue server Sanctuary, which was hacked and sunsetted in 2021, is coming back

If you can stretch your mind back into the long, long ago of 2021, back when the open revival of City of Heroes was...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 467: The end of an ArcheAge

Justin and Bree discuss ArcheAge's sunset, the cancellation of BlizzCon 2024, Escape from Tarkov's no good very bad day, Age of Water's early access launch, and the 20th anniversary of City of Heroes, with adventures in LOTRO, WoW, Fallout 4, and Guild Wars 2, plus mailbag topics on defensive characters in MMOs and whether Crowfall has any kind of future.

The Daily Grind: How do you define ‘old-school’ MMORPGs?

One of the topics that comes up every year come award time is how we decided which MMORPGs are old enough - whether by...

City of Heroes Rebirth teases its fall issue on the MMO’s 20th anniversary

The celebratory notes are sounding loud and clear for the late, great, and still present City of Heroes as the MMO marks the 20th...

The Stream Team: Celebrating City of Heroes 20th anniversary in Homecoming

The big 2-0. Not many MMORPGs reach this anniversary in live status. However, some -- like City of Heroes -- can fight their way...
Forever and ever.

Into the Super-verse: Why the resurrection of 20-year-old City of Heroes is worth celebrating, even if you don’t play

There's a certain poetry to the fact that this year, on the 20th anniversary of City of Heroes, we can all play the game...

Homecoming celebrates City of Heroes’ 20th anniversary with a Paragon Studios dev Q&A

Believe it or not, this week marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the original City of Heroes - and naturally, the officially...

City of Heroes Homecoming unveils huge community-driven base building initiative

If you've been enjoying our tours of our favorite City of Heroes supergroup bases and portal hubs on the officially licensed Homecoming servers, then...

Perfect Ten: The 10 types of MMO rotation

Rotations! They're not just just for your tires any more; they're in your MMORPGs, determining what order you should press the shiny buttons on...
Hang on, I'm reading.

Into the Super-Verse: What to pick for your Incarnate powers in City of Heroes

Last week in Into the Super-Verse, I offered a quick explanation for how you can get started with the process of sorting out the...

Into the Super-Verse: How to get started with Incarnates in City of Heroes

It wasn't so long ago that I mentioned how pleased I was about City of Heroes matching my different intensity and goals after I...

The Daily Grind: Do you play different MMORPGs for different content types?

A while back on the MOP Podcast, I was waxing on about housing and crafting and player cities in SWG Legends, when Justin asked...

Working As Intended: The top 10 hot tubs in MMORPGs

It's been a running joke for a few years that I always put hot tubs in my MMO houses whenever possible, and once that...