Remembering the Torch
Here at SoH, we package our game at least once a week to make sure everything is working correctly, and we periodically test to see if we have network limitations or issues. For this test, we created a Torch power in remembrance of the last days of the closed MMORPG City of Heroes, and logged in to the packaged game at night. Apotheosis City looks very different at night, and provides a unique environment for fighting, or for just hanging out. We’re particularly pleased with the appearance of the clouds drifting across the starry night sky.
All of the characters shown were logged in and manually controlled by members of our dev team, and by their families. We connected to a server that we rent for these tests to minimize the cost of development. Test users connected simultaneously from four US states: Pennsylvania, Nevada, North Carolina, and Texas. The test was a complete success; there were no problems with networking, server performance, or the performance of the packaged game client. While we expect to continue to improve networking performance, so far we have not had a problem. As far as we know, this is the only successful network test to ever be recorded and publicly shown by a pre-Kickstarter MMORPG.
We are very pleased to announce that we will hold our first community test of the Nagdellian Invasion on Saturday, August 15th, 2020. We will be activating a sign-up sheet and looking for about forty volunteers for the Beta test of the invasion event in Ship of Heroes. As always, you are free to record the event.
The March-April Ship of Heroes community event has now ended. This was a free event we hosted to add a little fun into the lives of our community members, many of who have been stuck at home due to the coronavirus. The event was a resounding success – more than twice as many people created characters and jumped into the city this time as did during our formal character creator Beta back in November. By our count, 1,277 people participated. More than 25 characters were leveled to 20, which was the event limit, over the last two weeks. That required a lot of street sweeping.
With the launch of this newsletter, the Ship of Heroes community event is now fully underway, and will likely run for about two weeks. This is a free event we’re hosting to add a little fun into the lives of our community, many of whom are at home due to the coronavirus.