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Harnessing The Powers Of Darkness In City Of Heroes
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

PC Gamer has posted a new dev diary for Paragon Studios and NC Soft's super hero themed MMO, City of Heroes. In the article Phil Zeleski offers details about the new Darkness Control Power Set available in the Issue 22 update.

Designing and implementing the Darkness Control power set had some unique challenges for us on the dev team. First, I really wanted to do something different both visually and mechanically, but I didn’t want to throw Dominators and Controllers for a loop. Instead of building a new mechanic where the player builds up power through Combo Levels or some similar mechanic (like Street Justice or Staff Fighting), I decided to introduce new mechanics with some unusual powers.

The power Haunt summons a pair of Shades to harass and terrorize a target. Shadow Field is a location-based debuff that also has an initial hold. The Umbra Beast is visually very different from anything we’ve done before for a control set pet before. Implementing Darkness Control essentially required us to port Dark Miasma for Controllers and Dark Assault for Dominators. Because of this, Issue 22: Death Incarnate will feature not just Darkness Control, but also Darkness Affinity (Dark Miasma for Controllers) and Dark Assault. All three Power Sets are free for VIPs and will be available in the Paragon Market for Premium players.

Read more at the site below.

PC Gamer: Darkness Control Dev Diary
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