Elite Dangerous Launches: Spaceships and Joysticks!


 

Joystick Wagglers* old and new are now able to take part in the release version of the online laser-fest that is Elite Dangerous. Those oldies who remember Jumpgate** have probably already splooged the cash and bought into the Beta but as of two days ago, Elite Dangerous is live and stable. Pretty much. The game is rather pretty, and doesn’t need a ridiculous PC to play but that’s no excuse to starve your eyeballs of such beauty as can be seen in 4K

At the moment the on-line cooperation is limited, unsurprising considering the strong bias towards off-line/solo play that existed in the Backer/Alpha community. However, squad mechanics are promised Soon ™ along with many expansions to come in the future. The game costs £40 and does not require a subscription. Future expansions are not included in the initial purchase, but will not be mandatory. Initial reports range from “OMG it’s full of (200bn) stars!” to “How the hell do you even BOOM!”. Helpful hints will be available from experienced OV pilots, as soon as we have some.

*No joystick required, but most of us play in the dark – so why not?
**One former Jumpgate pilot is report to be running round in small circles and biting the furniture. Already.

City of Heroes Closing down

Farewell, from all of us at Paragon Studios

This morning we announced that Paragon Studios will be taking to the skies of City of Heroes for the last time.

In a realignment of company focus and publishing support, NCsoft has made the decision to close Paragon Studios. Effective immediately, all development on City of Heroes will cease and we will begin preparations to sunset the world’s first, and best, Super Hero MMORPG before the end of the year. As part of this, all recurring subscription billing and Paragon Market purchasing will be discontinued effective immediately. We will have more information regarding a detailed timeline for the cessation of services and what you can expect in game in the coming weeks.

The team here at Paragon deserves special praise for all that we have accomplished over the last 5+ years. These developers are some of the most creative and talented people in the gaming industry. By now, we’ve all been given this news internally, but to anyone who may be reading this message after the fact; know that your hard work and dedication has not gone unappreciated or unnoticed. To any potential studios looking to grow your team; hire these people. You won’t regret it.

To our Community,

Thank you. Thank you for your years of support. You’ve been with us every step of the way, sharing in our challenges, encouraging us to make City of Heroes better, more than everyone else thought it could be. We couldn’t have come this far without you. I implore you all, focus on the good things of CoH and Paragon Studios. Don’t dwell on the “how” or the “why”, but rather join us in celebrating the legacy of an amazing partnership between the players and the development team.

Thank you, and I’ll see you in the skies, one last time.

Andy Belford

Community Manager

Paragon Studios.

http://na.cityofheroes.com/en/news/news_archive/thank_you.php

The game will be closing for good on 30th November.

City of Heroes : Summer Blockbuster event!

This summer, City of Heroes® brings you an exciting double feature event of pulse-pounding action in the Summer Blockbuster Event! In these new back-to-back adventures inspired by classic movie themes, you battle through time or plan the perfect heist. The Summer Blockbuster Event is more action-packed and exhilarating than this year’s summer flicks. The best part? You’re the star!

Summer Blockbuster

Time Gladiator

Time Gladiator Time Gladiator

You are thrust through time into a time-lost gladiatorial arena. To escape, you must defeat the three champions of the coliseum and their bizarre and dangerous henchmen. Waiting for the most brilliant and deadly of combatants, at the end of it all, is the great God-Champion. Deadly assassins, gunslinging outlaws, cybernetic soldiers, and mythical monsters come at you tooth and nail in a frenzied and ferocious battle! Sway the arena’s crowd with your ferocity or cleverness to gain valuable buffs in this quintessential combat set piece.

The Casino Heist

Casino Heist Casino Heist

A vast fortune hides behind the doors of the Tyrant’s Palace Casino. With the right plan and a smart crew, this job could set you up for life. The only things in your way are armed guards, a state-of-the-art security system, and an impenetrable vault. It’s time for a no-holds-barred battle for fistfuls of cash! Form a crew with a hitter, a hacker, a grifter, and a thief. Each team member has a unique role and abilities that let you pull off the biggest job ever!

City of Heroes : Issue 23: Where Shadows Lie is now Live!

The Praetorian War comes to a dramatic conclusion in Issue 23: Where Shadows Lie! The Heroes and Villains of Paragon City, still reeling from the deaths of the legendary Statesman and Sister Psyche, must rise to stop the ruthless Emperor Cole of Praetoria before his mad plans can shatter the dimensions.

Night Ward Environment Night Ward Environment

 New Zone: Night Ward

  • A Realm of Magic: Dark forces hide in Night Ward, threatening to destroy the world. Night Ward is a Level 30-35 co-op zone where characters encounter strange magical allies and foes. This Praetorian zone is connected to First Ward, and is a realm trapped between the land of the living and the world of the dead.
  • New Mystical and Undead Enemies: Encounter the creatures of Night Ward: the Animus Arcana, sentient spells that crave power; Drudges, who seek to guide souls (living and dead) to the realm of the dead; and the Black Knights, who run the eternal prison that is the Night Ward. The powerful Arch-Villain Shadowhunter also prowls this realm with his deadly army of beasts. 

Shadow Hunter Penelope Yin 

Blockbuster Conclusion to the Praetorian War

  • The Magisterium Incarnate Trial: The dimensional war against Emperor Cole comes to a climax in the new Magisterium Incarnate Trial. You’ve defeated all of Emperor’s Cole’s lieutenants and strongholds, and will now use knowledge gained in taking down Diabolique in an epic showdown against the Well’s Champion to determine the fate of two worlds!

Quality of Life Upgrades

  • Improved Free Player Chat and Grouping: Now all players (VIP, premium, and free) can join a new serverwide Looking for Group chat channel that allows them to communicate freely with each other. Free and premium players can also now join Super Groups, regardless of their status in the Paragon Rewards program.
  • Easy Portal Travel: The new Interdimensional Tunnel System makes getting from one world to another quick and easy. Get to outlying areas like Praetoria and the Shadow Shard easily with a quick dimension jump through conveniently located portals.

New VIP Content and Benefits

  • Signature Story Arc Series 2: “Pandora’s Box”: Both Heroes and Villains are being supercharged with new uncontrollable powers. Heroes team up with the remnants of the Freedom Phalanx to discover the secret menace behind the chaos, while Villains lay the groundwork for a new organization to rival the power of Arachnos.
  • New Mecha Armor Tier 9 Costume Set: The Mecha Armor costume set turns you into the sleek giant robot or high-tech warrior you’ve always dreamed of. Select from a new sword, rifle, backpack, and wings offered in this latest free costume set available only to VIP players as part of the Paragon Rewards program.

Mecha Armor Mecha Armor   

  • New Chain Mail and Leather Armor Costume Set: All VIP players have access to the Chain Mail and Leather Armor costume set. Look the part of a crusading knight, yeoman archer, or a rowdy barbarian in this versatile set.
  • New Incarnate Powers: Level 50 VIP players can now unlock the Hybrid Incarnate Tree, which grants them new powers based on the core Archetypes in City of Heroes®. You can choose a style that shores up a weakness, or one that further strengthens existing abilities. The Assault Tree increases your damage, the Control Tree raises your ability to lock down foes, the Melee Tree increases your defense and status protection, and the Support Tree grants bonuses to you and your teammates.

Full patch notes are available here.

Jumpgate Evolution evolved : Squad Wars

Take control of a state of the art spacefighter in SQUAD WARS™, the new free-to-play team based space combat game from END Games Entertainment.  The team behind Squad Wars includes the creative forces behind the classic groundbreaking space combat MMOG, Jumpgate, and numerous other online games from the last 15 years.

Form a Squad and fly into harrowing dogfights and zero-G furballs as you vie for dominance of the stars against competing Squads. Gain rank, experience and cash to upgrade your ship. Hack your CoBot™ to upgrade in-flight support abilities, and rack up achievements or purchase unlocks for new fighters and ever more devastating weapons. Forge your Squad’s unique identity and battle other Squads for control of entire systems (in the name of the Interstellar Conglomerates, of course).

  “Create an elite squad of mercenary space pilots with your friends to seek fortune and glory across the galaxy.”

Squad Wars is space combat the way it’s meant to be; furious, uncompromising and totally intense. This is no on-rails space game, this is true hardcore PvP space combat. Space is stone cold dangerous; here in the fields, it’s get to flying or get busy dying.

Learn more at their Kickstarter page or join the community at the games official website.

City of Heroes : Issue 22: Death Incarnate is now Live!

The fog has cleared from the streets of Dark Astoria, revealing a horror so terrifying that even the restless spirits dare not roam its streets. Heroes and Villains alike seek to master the powers of darkness that rest with the Demon God, Mot. Experience the all new revamped Dark Astoria, the new Dilemma Diabolique Incarnate Trial and the all new, free for VIPs Power Set: Darkness Control! Issue 22: Death Incarnate has arrived to your favorite super heroic MMORPG, City of Heroes Freedom!

Sentinel Elite

With tons of new content, including the all new mid level trial Drowning in Blood, new Powersets, the new Olympian Guard costume set (free for all VIP subscribers), new low level missions found in Steel Canyon, and the much anticipated solo Incarnate Path in the newly revamped Dark Astoria, Issue 22: Death Incarnate is a great time for you to take to the skies in City of Heroes Freedom! So log in today and experience what’s new to Paragon City!

Diabolique Incarnate Trial

You can find an overview  for Issue 22: Death Incarnate here and the Patch Notes here!

City of Heroes : Spring Fling is near!

Spring is just around the corner, and Cupid’s arrows are nocked–it’s almost time for the annual Spring Fling celebration! This time, the matchmaking cherub has gone all out with new missions, badges, and temporary powers!

In addition to the yearly co-op tasks of fighting Arachnos to retake tainted water from the Well of the Furies, retrieving Aphrodite’s Girdle for the god Eros, and stopping that dimension-hopping Red Cap, Snaptooth, this year’s Spring Fling introduces two brand new holiday missions, with new rewards!

Widow in Red

Ms. Liberty (Heroes) and Arbiter Hawk (Villains) have recruited you for a secret mission involving the infamous Red Widow, Lord Recluse’s long-deceased love. This mission is available for characters level 30 or higher, and awards the Widow Maker badge for completion!

Valentines

No Valentine’s Day would be complete without the exchange of love letters, but many of these heartfelt confessions have gotten lost throughout Paragon City, the Rogue Isles, and Praetoria! DJ Zero has charged you with finding these Valentines and delivering them to their intended recipients, but that doesn’t mean you have to: if you’re feeling mischievous, you can misdirect the letters!

These Valentines drop from eligible mobs in Paragon City, the Rogue Isles, and Praetoria during Spring Fling. Players must be level 20 or higher, and have completed an attunement mission from Ganymede (Heroes) or Scratch (Villains). Completing a Valentine mission rewards you with new temp powers Arrows of Romance, which increases regeneration of allies and placates foes; or Arrows of Jealousy, which increases damage dealt by friends and confuses enemies. Completing Valentines missions will also award the Match Maker or Missed Connection badges!

The Spring Fling event begins Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7am PST (10am EST / 3pm GMT / 4pm CET) and ends on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 7am PST (10am EST / 3pm GMT / 4pm CET)!

City of Heroes/Villains – Issue 16 Power Spectrum

The excitement is palpable among heroes and villains alike. Issue 16: Power Spectrum is now available across Paragon City and the Rogue Isles for all to make heroic (or villainous) use of! With this much-anticipated update, players can use the all new character creator and customize most of their powers by selecting themes or changing the colors and animations of specific powers.

Whether you feel the need to match your hero’s powers with their bright outfit or want your villain’s powers to look even more nefarious, the palette is yours!

But that is far from being all that Issue 16 has to offer. Take a look at the Issue 16 Release Notes to familiarize yourselves with the list of additions in City of Heroes. These include new Mission Difficulty settings for players seeking the ultimate challenge and the all new Super Sidekicking system, making Sidekicking easier and more fun than ever with the convenience of never having to find and wait for someone else to sidekick you again! Powerset Proliferation has also brought select powers to several new Archetypes.

Don’t take our word for it though; it’s all happening now on a live City of Heroes server near you!

See the Issue 16 trailer here!

City of Heroes/Villains – Issue 14 live & 5 Year Anniversary

Issue 14 goes live!

First City of Heroes® set a new standard for player creation and customization in MMOs with its Character Creator. Now, with Issue 14, this game takes another giant step, allowing players to design their own missions and story arcs to share with the entire City of Heroes community across all of our live servers. Using an intuitive interface, players can browse through other player created missions and create their own missions from the ground up. Players will determine details ranging from environments, mission objectives, and enemies, to written fiction and character dialogue; giving their stories nearly infinite depth and personalization.

Read more here

5 year anniversary celebrations!

Five years ago a trumpet call rung out for heroes…

From around the globe that call was answered and the streets, rooftops, and skies of Paragon City™ were filled with the widest variety of costumed crusaders ever seen. These stalwart players brought with them the courage, fellowship, and dedication that made Paragon once again a true City of Heroes®!

Since that fateful day much has changed. Enemies have fallen and new ones have risen in their place, proving that evil never sleeps. Threats came from alternate dimensions, mystical realms, other times, and even from our own world itself. Lord Recluse™ loosed an army of villains into the world, turning the Rogue Isles™ into the largest den of villainy in recorded history. His destined ones showed remarkable will, cunning, and determination in this City of Villains®. Heroes and villains came into direct conflict with PvP battles, uncovered new powers, found new worlds to explore…or conquer, broke through with new inventions, and flashed back through time. The most recent development has provided the tools for players to architect all new adventures and help take us into the future.

Now it is a time to celebrate all the triumphs of the last five years and so Paragon Studios™ has cooked up some special gifts for all our loyal fans.

Please join us for a month of celebration starting on our birthday, April 28th and continuing on throughout the month of May!

Read more here.