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Monday, August 10, 2009

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City Of Heroes: The Struggle To Customize Power Colors
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Voodoo Extreme 3D recently posted a new developer commentary from NCSoft's Matt Miller about upcoming changes to the comic book themed MMO, City of Heroes. Miller's discussion covered the topic of power customization in the Issue 16: Power Spectrum update.

It’s worth noting that date. Spring 2008. We’ve been working on the feature that long. When we told the players that it couldn’t happen because it would take too long, we weren’t kidding. In my address to the player community for the fourth anniversary (in April of 2008) I begged my bosses to let me announce the feature. Since we were never sure when it would be done, it was decided that the information should not be divulged. We had to sit on that for over a year until we were really, really sure when we could get it into the hands of the players.

When we showed the results off at the San Diego Comic-Con this past July we were blown away at how well received this “cosmetic” feature really was. Players were checking out all the different ways that powers looked under different color schemes. They played around with the “Bright” color palettes and “Dark” color palettes that some power sets offered, and were very happy to see some alternate animations for Super Strength and Martial Arts as well. Overall the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive.

Even if you never thought about it, being able to customize your character’s powers with multiple colors to match their costume or their theme is something that nearly every player will want to do, whether at level 1 or level 50. And since you can have different settings per power, and per costume slot, we wanted to make sure you could make the best of this feature when it goes live. To that end, every character in the game will receive a free Tailor session for every costume slot they have unlocked, when Issue 16 is released on the Live servers this summer/fall. This is our special thanks to our players for never giving up on suggesting the feature to us, no matter how “impossible” we might have said it was to do in the past.
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