[City of Heroes] Issue 7 is taking a little longer than expected. The ninth teaser for it is out (Hero version). Past issues have had two teasers before things went on patch, while this one has had more than two months of teasers. So the heroes are perhaps a bit restless. I do not think the PR team was expecting to need that many teasers, as they have gone as far as showing off new walls and listing every power in the new power pools and the patrol pools (oh, and getting a patron was its own update), which would be a bit more exciting if most of the powers were not recycled, sometimes with new graphics.
I am still looking forward to Mayhem Missions in Issue 7. As I said a couple of months ago, those are what I was looking for in CoV. Just six months after release, they are on the horizon. There is a trailer video out, which uses the Mayhem Missions to show off the new costume bits, powers, and NPC hero groups, as well as the detonation of pedestrians and objects.
That “six months” thing is an issue, though. Most of Issue 7 is for the villains. Issue 6 was mostly the adjustments needed so that CoH and CoV could PvP. So this issue is taking twice as long, and the heroes are going to be waiting even longer to get much hero-specific content, unless the plan for Issue 7 has changed since the early teasers. CoH got Croatoa in August. If the normal update schedule resumes (quarterly), even if the next patch is chock-full of CoH content, it will still be coming out next August.
Am I wrong, or does that sound a lot like abandoning City of Heroes for a year to focus on the new toy? Also, the big change to CoH during that year was the introduction of the (mostly) hated (but probably necessary) Enhancement Diversification.
There is a 2nd Anniversary message announcing next year’s new box for sale (expansion, not a third kinda stand alone), with what looks like two issues planned before then (Issue 9) (although who knows if Issue 9 will accompany the expansion the way Issue 6 accompanied CoV?), which will bring some City of Heroes content up to City of Villains quality.
Whew, lots of links today. I’m pooped. Notify me if any of them break.
[edit: One more to toss in. Van Hemlock may be glad to see that the upcoming City of Heroes/Villains veterans feature will, in fact, reward you for having been around a long time, rather than for buying in bulk. Follow the link if that makes no sense.]
[edit2: While I was composing, Issue 7 went to pre-download on the test server, which means you can now download the test version even if you cannot play it. This probably means a release to test in early/mid May. So Issue 7 goes live in June?]