City of Heroes Publisher Granted License to Fan Server
- 08 Jan 2024
In an unprecedented move within the gaming industry, NCSoft has endorsed the well-known private server "Homecoming,, " keeping the once-cancelled superhero MMO "City of Heroes" alive since the official servers went dark in 2012. This endorsement is a significant milestone for the game's devoted community, who have maintained the spirit of the game through unauthorized servers.
In 2019, the advent of Homecoming signified one of several unofficial platforms operating the "City of Heroes" game software, providing a haven for enthusiasts to continue their in-game adventures despite looming threats of closure from potential legal action. However, this uncertainty has been dispelled as NCSoft has sanctioned Homecoming by granting a formal license, affirming its legitimacy as an authorized continuation of the beloved game.
A fascinating aspect of this license is that it gives Homecoming permission not just to keep the game alive but to forge ahead and create new game content. This prospect was once off-limits for unofficial servers. As a result, the game has effectively been resurrected.
While the full details of the licensing terms remain under wraps, the Homecoming team has given assurances to its players that their existing accounts and characters will be preserved. Further, the team has committed to maintaining the game as a free-to-play model powered by the goodwill donations of its community.
The landmark decision by NCSoft to recognize and collaborate with a private server like Homecoming is a first in the realm of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs). This could pave the way for other such partnerships in the future. Still, there is skepticism regarding the likelihood of a repetition of this scenario, especially with more giant corporations and studios that are typically reluctant to hand over intellectual property control to independent entities. Nonetheless, the "City of Heroes" community can take heart in this trailblazing move as they enjoy their beloved game's new lease on life.