So itâ€™s that time again. Itâ€™s been a while, and thereâ€™s been a few changes to City of Heroes/City of Villains that may be of interest to old players, people whoâ€™ve been holding off on it, and people whoâ€™ve never heard of it, I dunno, maybe thereâ€™s some out there.
Iâ€™ll start with the free stuff since thatâ€™s what everyone likes to hear. A few weeks ago NCsoft bought
CoX from Cryptic, including the entire dev team, which they incidentally plan to double or even triple. Why? Who knows!
It probably has something to do with being that every other non-Guild Wars game NCsoft has put out in North America has been sucking dicks financially. For more on sucking dicks, skip to the Supergroups section. As a celebration of the new ownership, aka â€œlook hereâ€™s some shiny stuff to keep you too distracted to worry about our new ownershipâ€ they are giving us some stuff.
Stuff the first! Everyone who owned either City of Villains OR City of Heroes previous to November 6th, now owns both
. That means full access to both sides, supergroup bases, and if you had 8 character slots now you have 12.
Other stuff! On December 10th, all debt will be wiped, and supergroups will get 20k bonus prestige per member. Since SG membership is being upped to 150 in Issue 11, this means 3 million max.
Speaking of Issue 11, which is coming out noon tomorrow, Nov 28th, unless it isnâ€™t in which case Iâ€™m a big liar, thereâ€™s obviously some stuff there to mention. First off are two new powersets, which go to all 4 ATs of scrappers, tanks, brutes and stalkers. The Dual Blades offensive set and the Willpower defensive set. Dual Blades has, instead of secondary effects, cool move combos that do bonuses like damage, buffs or debuffs. Additionally, the set moves insanely fast, Iâ€™ve played it on test and I felt like button mashing like it was an arcade fighter or something. Willpower is like a combo of Regen and Invuln and is designed for natural-flavored characters, and seems pretty decent.
Update two, WEAPONS FUCKING CUSTOMIZATION, BITCH
Itâ€™s here! Any set using swords, bows, guns, axes, claws, maces now has the ability to choose (and color) their weapons as part of each costume. Some options are open right away, some need badges or Vanguard merits (speaking of, yes, Vanguard merits can buy you lightsabers, er, we mean, Talsorian Blades). Theyâ€™ve also promised new weapons with each coming issue. As a side note though, no, this doesnâ€™t put power customization any closer.
Update three, Flashback! After hitting 25 and accomplishing something time travel related, or by hitchhiking on someone elseâ€™s time portal, you can go to Ouroboros land. There are some new arcs which are pretty sweet, but more importantly, it allows you to go back in time and do arcs and badge missions you missed, or just simply redo them. Yes, this does mean you can now get infinite refills on some temp powers. You can also gimp yourself in various ways on old or current arcs, and get higher rewards or badges for doing so.
Thereâ€™s also some new IO sets, including rare purples and buyable respecs, and hairstyles.
And now that Iâ€™ve mentioned hairstyles, I know you canâ€™t wait. How can you play with us cool cats, you ask? The PA server is Virtue. Upon starting up, join the â€œPenny Arcadeâ€ global channel, and anyone there can get you into the correct Supergroup. The Supergroups are as follows:
Powerâ€™s Allegory & Powerâ€™s Academy: The basic hero side SGs. Allegoryâ€™s base is the one that is used for most functions.
: A heroside SG based on alien cops & peacekeepers like the Green Lanterns and Nova Corp. You can either be a basic officer as a Defender, Blaster or Kheldian in a flashy, sci-fi, alien-looking uniform, or an elite Salvo (SWAT) Tanker or Scrapper in a dark, sci-fi, alien-looking uniform. Now looking for a few good sentients to fight back the Rikti! Characters are named in the form â€œ____ Squadronâ€.
Phantom Alliance: A bit less-active but some are still around, Phantom Alliance is for all illusionist controllers. Thereâ€™s a uniform that someone can dig up if thereâ€™s interest, characters are named â€œ_____ Phantomâ€.
Powerâ€™s Affliction & Social Entropy: The basic villain side SGs. Afflictionâ€™s base is the main villain base, and also the richest we got.
: For all superpowered whores, pimps, gimps, strippers, porn stars, and more! Weâ€™re building our criminal empire the Oldest Profession way: on our knees!
DO YOU HAVE A LITTLE COX IN YOU? WOULD YOU LIKE SOME?
All players have 10-day free trials to give away. I believe I have 7 currently available, if you would like one just pm your email address to myself or one of the other CoXers Iâ€™ll badger into maeking poast here (just pm one person at a time though, please). If you would like to get started on downloading and updating the game, you can get the updater here: ftp://client.coh.com/US/CohUpdater.zip
And finally, the main CoX MMO thread is here
if you're looking for more info.