Announcements Archive



On August 31st, 2012, Andy Belford announced NCSoft’s decision to close Paragon Studios, effecting ending production of City of Heroes. Additional information regarding the cessation of services is to be expected in the coming weeks.


Announcing City of Heroes Freedom

So, um… yeah. It’s happening.

I’ve already stopped trying to follow the official discussion thread on the coh forums. The 1st couple dozen pages can be summed up as “DOOOOOOM (maybe)”.

I’m not sure what to think. F2P is how I’ve always though EVERY mmo should function (well, specifically the F2P/VIP hybrid). I think I like where CoH:Freedom is going, but I’m not sure if it will be worth my time to continue playing.

Since Paragon Studios took over, the game engine has become unplayable on every computer in my house except the one’s purchased or upgraded in the past year, and even they have trouble when on the new-style maps, and can easily crash if on those maps when a team. I know I’m not alone in this, knowing some of the troubles others in Star Patrol have had. Paragon Studios will need to completely rework the game so that it’s minimum requirements apply everywhere in the game instead of just some places when solo. If not, this alone will cause me to drop my subscription completely and only play on our SG days, if at all.

Everything else looks awesome though. I’m looking forward to the new and revamped content, especially a new tutorial and new Time Manipulation set. Looks like I’ll be rerolling Mender Chronos.

What does everyone else think of all this? At the moment, the Star Patrol community is the only think keeping my interest in CoH, so I’d like to know what our expectations are and if we to make any chances to how we do things to accommodate the new subscription options.

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Navigation Update

Many of the pages have been updated with dynamic navigation menus, with particular attention given to the various member lists. These should allow a smoother, more intuitive navigation of the website.

As a general reminder, many of the member pages have no content other than a character’s name, archetype and powersets. Please a description of your character(s) to have them included in the member lists. The member lists include members of Star Patrol and their affiliated super groups (including villain groups).


Introducing the new NCsoft Launcher

NCsoft/City of Heroes is introducing a new way to download and patch City of Heroes, through the NCsoft Launcher! For a limited time, all customers who use the NCsoft launcher will unlock the new Wisp Aura for free!

The NCsoft Launcher provides several new enhancements, including the ability to download patches faster through a content distribution network.

NCsoft/City of Heroes will be discontinuing support for the current City of Heroes updater soon so bear in mind that when that happens, customers who have not upgraded to the NCsoft Launcher will be unable to log into the game using the City of Heroes updater!

For more information on the NCsoft Launcher:


The Animal Pack is now available!

The City of Heroes Animal Pack is now available for sale from the NCsoft store!

This new Booster Pack will allow you to craft brand new characters inspired by the grace of a giant cat, the power of a savage wolf, or the fury of a falcon.

Features include:

• Over 60 new costume parts and patterns.
• Wolf, Feline, Avian, Minotaur head and monstrous legs.
• Two new tails – Minotaur and Ragged Wolf.
• Two animal-inspired auras, Bestial Rage and Fleas.
• The Beast Run travel power.

See for yourself and watch the Animal Pack trailer now!