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"Heroes and Villains" - a Comic Book MMORPG
« on: Apr 29, 13, 11:24:36 PM »





“Heroes and Villains” - a comic book MMORPG

This project was started in early September 2012, and was born out of the decision to close down “City of Heroes”, the world’s largest and longest running comic book MMO, which suddenly left a very active and creative community without their online home. Members of that community decided to create our own comic book themed online game as a form of spiritual successor to “City of Heroes”, and the project was officially launched at the end of November last year.
Since then, we’ve been hard at work learning the HeroEngine and testing what we can and can’t do with it, and we’re now starting to put together some of the basic parts for our game.                                                                                                 

The team is currently made up of ex-City of Heroes players, but that’s not a requirement for anyone interested in volunteering to help with developing the project.

Game features planned for launch include:

* Story driven content, focusing on the journey to the level cap rather than rushing through to the end as fast as possible.

* Very high level of customization, allowing players to make just about any type of character they can think of.

* A casual friendly gameplay style with an emphasis on ease of teaming, but also with a rewarding solo option.

* Strong social element supported by a flexible chat system.

* A mature and realistic comic book art style and approach to comic book storytelling, while still maintain a family friendly T rating.

* Arena based PvP.



Our website can be found at www.heroes-and-villains.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeroesAndVillainsMMORPG

Twitter: @Plan_Z_Studios



Yesterday we released our first screenshot - a view of Earth from The Bastion, the giant space station that forms the centerpiece and command center of the EarthShield Network, a system of deep space scanners and orbital weapons platforms designed to protect the world from extraterrestrial threats:




We also put out our first mini-teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnjKqNPfFv8



We'll update this thread as our development progresses.
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Re: "Heroes and Villains" - a Comic Book MMORPG
« Reply #1 on: Apr 29, 13, 11:52:39 PM »

I would play this.

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Re: "Heroes and Villains" - a Comic Book MMORPG
« Reply #2 on: Apr 30, 13, 12:28:27 AM »

Very nice. I wish you good luck.
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Re: "Heroes and Villains" - a Comic Book MMORPG
« Reply #3 on: Dec 01, 13, 02:14:08 AM »

We've put out a new update this weekend - some concept art, and also a work in progress shot of part of the character creator.

This is the screenshot, which also shows a bit of our GUI - both the environment and GUI are being designed to eventually display visual indicators related to the player's choices regarding their initial alignment choice and choice for the origin of their superpowers:



And this is the concept art that it's being based on:



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And here's a quick overview of the top row button functions:


ALIGNMENT – Choose from one of three alignments – Hero, Villain or Freelancer. This choice determines the kind of stories and content game will send your way, as well as how the game world will react to you. Your actions can also change your alignment over time.

ORIGIN – Choose the origin of your powers as the first stage of a 3 part origin selection, with the other 2 stages refining your origin further. All these choices affect the kind of stories and content that the game will suggest to you, as well as how the game world reacts to you.

ARCHETYPE – Choose from one of 6 Archetypes that offer different types of gameplay experiences. Every Archetype is divided into 2 Classes which offer you further choices in how you want to play the game.

POWER – Choose from a wide variety of Power Themes to apply to your Primary and Secondary Power Forms, as well as supplementing your choices from the list of Auxiliary Powers.

SKILL – Choose from a number of predominantly non-combat skills that will offer you several different ways of approaching and playing through the stories and content.

TRAIT – Choose a number of Traits to further refine your character concept – each positive Trait must be balanced with a negative Trait. Because Traits can have a significant effect on how you engage with various enemies and challenges in the game, the system is entirely optional.

BODY – Choose your gender, then use the body sliders to morph your shape into the one that best suits your character concept.

COSTUME – Choose your costume and customize its colors, textures and patterns.

CUSTOM – Choose more customization options, including the coloring of your powers and the types of animations they use.

SECRET ID – Choose to keep your superpowered identity a secret, and create a civilian disguise that will affect how the game world reacts to you. Because Secret IDs can have a significant effect on how you engage with various enemies and challenges in the game, the system is entirely optional.

REGISTER – Choose your name, and enter Titan City to begin your story.


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We've also got some concept art for player costume sets:








And some environmental concept art:







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For more information on the project, you can visit the official “Heroes and Villains” forums, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+:

Official forums: http://www.heroes-and-villains.com/phpb/index.php

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeroesAndVillainsMMORPG

Twitter: @Plan_Z_Studios

Google+: http://goo.gl/7QSVbN
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Re: "Heroes and Villains" - a Comic Book MMORPG
« Reply #4 on: Dec 01, 14, 02:00:55 PM »

It's been a few months since our last update here, but we've now completed the in-game models for a couple of our NPCs - Blue Phoenix and Centurion.



Blue Phoenix:





Centurion:

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Re: "Heroes and Villains" - a Comic Book MMORPG
« Reply #5 on: Dec 01, 14, 07:56:47 PM »

A small note, but this last post would probably be more suited to the "Show Us" thread.
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Re: "Heroes and Villains" - a Comic Book MMORPG
« Reply #6 on: Apr 29, 15, 11:02:18 PM »

We have another update, featuring more art assets, concept art, and some early animation work.


Concept art for the Sewer Slimes NPC group:




The in-game models of the same group:





Three short videos of the WIP animations for a couple of the Sewer Slimes:

Sewer Slime Animation 1

Sewer Slime Animation 2

Sewer Slime Animation 3



Three more NPCs:


Princess Zandra of Atlantis:





Silver Lightning:





Empathy Spirit:





And another short video of some animation test concepts for a few of the default player and NPC animations:

Animation test concepts











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Re: "Heroes and Villains" - a Comic Book MMORPG
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 15, 02:29:08 AM »

Looking good guys and gals.
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« Reply #8 on: Dec 01, 15, 04:07:44 PM »

Here's the stuff that we've been working on recently, starting with four more in game character models.


The veteran street hero Brazen:





The mysterious but heroic sorcerer, Master Mystic:





The weird villain Jack Willo and his sinister Wisp Lantern:





And Brainstorm, the heroic founder and CEO of the NovaTech advanced research and development company:







ANIMATIONS

Two short videos of animation work for the Sewer Slimes - this one is a currently untextured boss level monster:

Sewer Slime Animation 4


And this one is for a giant monster type of Slime:

Sewer Slime Animation 5



CONCEPT ART


Some Elemental Shields:





A selection of Bows:




The HQ of C.A.S.A. - the Central Agency for Superpowered Affairs, located on the eastern side of Prometheus Plaza in Titan City.
C.A.S.A. is a federal department that provides intelligence and logistical support to registered superheroes operating in America:





One of the dropships that's used by C.A.S.A. to transport personnel, equipment and captured supervillains:





The first and second tank types belonging to the villainous Skorpion organization:

     



And Skorpion's main base under the sands of the small east Saharan nation of Khemrat:

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« Reply #9 on: Dec 01, 15, 04:11:40 PM »

Looking good  :D

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Re: "Heroes and Villains" - a Comic Book MMORPG
« Reply #10 on: Sep 09, 17, 04:21:11 AM »

4 years of Development.
Is there some visible stuff?
I like your friday updates on Facebook
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« Reply #11 on: Sep 09, 17, 09:55:43 AM »

There'll be more visible stuff once we complete a few more of our systems.
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« Reply #12 on: Sep 14, 17, 08:08:11 AM »

Show us pics and vids darn it :)