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We present City of Titans, a spiritual successor for the superhero MMORPG City of Heroes, being developed by Missing Worlds Media.
5,003 backers pledged $678,189 to help bring this project to life.

Holidays, Brotherhood, and… oh, yeah, Gameplay. (Tech, Video)

Posted by Missing Worlds Media (Creator)

This is going to be an important one, folks, you’ll want to read all of it.

But first, watch this video. 

 Something unexpected happened the other week, folks. You see, we’ve been working pretty hard on this project for a long time, building all kinds of prototypes. And we didn’t think they were ready for public view.

But we’re not the only place making a superhero MMO. There’s Valiance Online. They’re doing a more focused game, based in a cyberpunk future where the powers come from technology - think of it as like the Marvel 2099 comics.

Valiance Online Promo Shot
Valiance Online Promo Shot

 We’re friendly with them. We talk to them, they talk back - one day, we even want to do crossovers if we can figure out a way to make it work.

They released some pictures of their character creator. Some of their fans - not all, but some vocal ones - started comparing us to them negatively, the usual internet trash talk. Valiance Online are good people. They said ‘now hold on, City of Titans are doing pretty okay themselves.’ and released a demo video we’d showed them. We didn’t feel it was polished enough for release, but, well… we may have been over-cautious. People liked it. A lot.

And then MassivelyOP saw the Valiance posting. And they went and found some more of our demo videos. And the next day we woke up and went ‘Well, this is unexpected. Who said what now?’

Well. Merry Christmas. We’re working hard on the game, and these videos are some of the prototype work by one of our coders. What you see is pretty much purely a test of the new neighborhood, some FX systems, the minimap, the UI, the quest system, interactable mission objects, knockdown, the AI, some combat logic... I could go on. It’s a sandbox that’s basically a standalone subproject of the main game. The leveling system and actual powers are in a different project. It’s not the final powerset, it’s technically not a multiplayer test, and the parts of the game that make characters different haven’t been loaded in. The compass isn’t working yet, either, and the in-game quest text is a placeholder concept. The artist/coder who made it has been pretty nervous about how his work will integrate into City of Titans… but we did it and it works.

We’d like to thank AmIEvil for all his hard work building this test project.

You’ll notice the new MiniHood as well. It’s not so mini anymore. It’s still a lot smaller than any one zone in CoT will be, but it’s a start. It’s also got at least four different styles of buildings in it - some bare boxes, some with interiors, some with walls. We’ve come a long way since early November, and we’re moving further along. Take a close look, you’ll be surprised what you see.


 The interesting thing is - we did have something we’re working on, something we’ve been getting ready to show off. And this wasn’t it.

So… have a teaser.

Like a bowl full of jelly.
Like a bowl full of jelly.
Is this the future?
Is this the future?

 With luck, next year, some of us can celebrate Christmas in Titan City.  

Just watch out for the Tannenbomb.

Anyone seen Doug Fir? He was just here...
Anyone seen Doug Fir? He was just here...

 Now, all of this is prototype work. Pretty much all of this is placeholder stuff, not finalized work by the art department. It’s just going to get better after this, once Art’s had their wicked, wicked ways on this bare skeleton you see in front of you.

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Thanks to AmIEvil (U2WillDie), AvelWorldCreator, Nicholas Esposito (@NE_3D who did our rigging.) AngelWolf, Marcianit, Petalstorm, Copper Cockroach, and so many, many others here at City of Titans.

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    1. Red Warlock - Phoenix Rising Ranger on

      It is so great to see the progress here! I know there is some concern about sharing videos of work in the middle of development because people might not understand how early work will look different when it's been improved upon. I want to say that I really enjoy watching the progress unfold, and to me, the work you are showing here already looks amazing. I continue to be very inspired by this project and I'm fine to wait as long as it takes to see it done right, which you all clearly are doing. Great work! Can't wait to see our city come to life!

    2. DeathSentry on

      Very much looking forward to this

    3. David Guillot on

      thanks for shareing the videos. I loved the mission one. keep up the good work. It is also nice to see 2 potential competitors being friendly towards each other and seemingly helping each other

    4. Cybin Monde on

      That was awesome! There is so much that's already great and so much that promises to be great when it's finished, just a wonderful showing all around!

      That being said, i did want to point out that the camera shake seems too strong (of course, that may be adjustable in options, which would make it a moot point). And as has already been pointed out, the melee seems a bit slow, but again... i'm taking this whole update with the knowledge that there are significant iterations for everything to go through yet.

      I can't really pick one thing out that makes me smile the biggest, but the character creator sure is a strong contender! We may not have it by *looks at clock* 3 hours from now, but with those kinds of options, i'm more than happy to wait for it to be perfected.
      (It also has me chomping at the bit to get to work on my mission giving NPC!)

      Just... thank you to everyone involved.
      This was a beautiful moment.

    5. Proud Citizen on

      I really like the brawling animations. That is authentic boxing technique right there. It does seem just a LITTLE slow though. If it could be sped up a bit it would be perfect. Great job all round!

    6. BruceP - Chameleon Prime

      That's great to see the progress, folks! So excited!!! :)

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      Gracie Daniel on

      Great job ladies and gents (aka "you guys")!!!! This update is what this whole thing is about ... Teamwork. Crossovers??!? I dont care how long it takes ... That idea is absolutely brilliant and I think both games have the right leadership in place to make it happen one day.

      Prototype, unfinished, teaser or whatever ... This update was simply AWESOME and amazeballs!!!

      Thank you!!!!