To be honest, I don't think it's fair to diminish or demean the progress made by other CoH Successor projects in comparison to SoH. Let all of the projects, including SoH, stand on their own merits.
This isn't, and shouldn't be, a zero sum game (pardon the pun), where only one project deserves your support.
Support all of them, if you want. Conversely, support none of them. Or just a few of them. Or just one.
That being said. . .("Oh, here comes the biased statement!" someone yells from the gallery)
. . .I've carefully researched the origins of SoH and its dev team, even to the extent of looking up PA corporate records to make sure the company's the real deal and not some bogus operation. (Sorry, devs, that's the former private investigator in me.)
Skeptical comments about how SoH suddenly came onto the scene in December 2016 are not true and the incorporation records clearly show they've been working on this for nearly a YEAR before it was publicly revealed. You don't just set up a corporation in early 2016 unless you've already started preliminary work on the project.
So, yes, SoH is definitely the real deal. The background and expertise of the devs, especially that of The Consultant, greatly impressed me. The fact that it's also comprised of talented people who clearly missed CoH as much as I do is another plus.
I've mentioned elsewhere that I've NEVER backed a game in Kickstarter. However, in about, oh, 18 days or so, I will be making my first Kickstarter game contribution.
I just hope certain parts will be available right from the start in the character creator.
lets be honest, Valiance Online and H & V do not look to release. That is all I am getting at. I am being honest, that is all. COT and VO make a lot of dates that they have failed to live up too. Ever heard the story of the boy whom cried wolf? I wish them nothing but the best but at this current time I am done with the false bravado. They claim to have all of these features and they claim to be in alpha, but they have no contact with their audience. What do you all know about that game? very little. The only thing we know is the alpha will be soon which they have been saying around this time last year.
, VO can deliver on everything they promised, who will touch them? Nobody, nobody in the mmo universe imo.
I never heard of a pet creator. I also never never heard of a character creation system which allows the main character to select from various body types from serpentine, quadrupedal, to your standard bipedal human.
You discussed character parts in your last sentence, VO planned on having a vast array of parts available for....., get this, the pets. Meaning the pets will have a character creation akin to the main hero. If VO does release and delivers on a pet creator and numerous body types, I am rolling with them as my go to superhero title, sorry to say here around these parts.
Pet classes are a reoccurring part of mmo titles. VO is giving great attention to this aspect, so they will have my money. I am not dissing VO, just being honest. I have nothing against any of these products.
Out of the four, SOH has showed the see it to believe people something, so they have my vote and money at this time. VO and COT has shown nothing to indicate they are in alpha, let alone releasing the product.
I just hope SOH has this level of customization planned in the future, COT and VO are looking to bring it in that department, especially VO. Wings you say? COT and VO are planning, COUGH "quadrupedal body types" COUGH