The cinderella story of City of Heroes continues, with Team Homecoming continuing to bring about more updates to the long dormant MMO.

Late last night, the Homecoming Team, a Netherlands-based group who has spearheaded the most popular of the revived City of Heroes servers, has announced that several features currently missing from the game that were present in the heyday of the MMO are in the process of being added back in.

Two features, in particular, were highlighted; the ability to offer character transfers, and the return of in-game super packs. For the character transfers, the Homecoming Team noted that the feature is currently in beta, but it will allow players to transfer up to five characters in a three day period between the four servers set up by the team.

The other feature,super packs, was an addition added by NCSoft and Paragon studios in 2012, months before the game went offline. They were essentially a microtransaction scheme for costume pieces, in-game buffs, Archetype Enhancements, and more goodies. Because all costume pieces are already free for the player, they have been removed from the super packs along with any form of real-life currency. All of the packs are now available using influence, the in-game currency of the MMO.

The Homecoming Team has a rundown of the three packs available, which are purchasable at the in-game Auction House instead of a real-life cash shop. They do note that the prices and drop tables of each pack can change without notice and that any issues encountered by players may still occur, so players are buying at their own risk.

Super Pack: Heroes and Villains

  • Cost: 10 million influence
  • Contains most of the items listed on this page
  • Some items (such as the costume pieces) aren’t included as they’re now free
  • Other items (such as Brainstorm ideas) have been added
  • Drop rates are generally more generous than they were on live

Super Pack: Rogues and Vigilantes

  • Cost: 10 million influence
  • Contains most of the items listed on this page
  • Some items (such as the costume pieces) aren’t included as they’re now free
  • Other items (such as Brainstorm ideas) have been added
  • Drop rates are generally more generous than they were on live

Super Pack: Lords of Winter

  • Cost: 25 million influence (price will be reduced during the Winter event)
  • Contains extra-special Winter enhancements
  • Contains some Winter-event themed goodies (temporary powers, candy canes, etc)
  • Also contains most of the same filler content as the other two packs

NCSoft has still not responded to the rise of these rogue City of Heroes servers, which now include outside groups such as a smaller, private server a 4-Chan backed group known as coxg. It is known that NCSoft was in contact with the Titan Network, one of the more visible independent groups that has been trying to revive City of Heroes for over six years. It is currently unknown if NCSoft will act on any of these rogue servers or not.

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Robert Grosso

Staff Writer

A game playing, college teaching, erudite-minded scholar who happens to write some articles every so often. Have worked as a journalist, critic, educator and blogger for over five years now, with articles published (as user editorials) on Game Revolution and Giant Bomb as well as a contributor for the websites Angry Bananas and Blistered Thumbs. Now making TechRaptor my home.



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