Invasion Test 29th August 2020

 The final invasion test of August 2020 has been announced. It'll take place on 29th at 10:30 am EST. You can register for this one by clicking the button on the Ship of Heroes home page though if you registered for any of the other invasion test runs in August 2020 you'll be sent a key without having to register again.

Keys for this event have been sent to the players who registered but there's still time if you want to get involved!

You'll want to download/update the client as soon as possible. It's a 7.4GB download.

Operation Valhalla - battle Simulation Video

 The Ship of Heroes dev team released a video showing their battle simulator conducting large fights with up to 60 v 90 (players/enemies) onscreen fighting at one time.



Nagdellian Invasion on Saturday, August 15th, 2020!

 Latest news: The invasion test has been announced. It will take place on 15th August. Here's a snippet from the official newsletter...

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. If it crashes or glitches, we will just fix it. And as a community-based game, we’re not too shy about letting all of you see what is happening behind the curtain. We’re planning at least one big surprise in the invasion, so we think you’ll be happy that you participated.

Latest post regarding this test on the official forum:
As most of you know by now we are going to begin testing big battles in Ship of Heroes next Saturday.

This is really exciting for us. We've spent months getting ready for this, including the following:

1. Setting up a hi-intensity server, which is a more appropriate tool for an MMO than a standard server.

2. We tested and then rebuilt most of the FX in the game to make sure that while they look good, they are hitting your computer and the new server as lightly as possible. Contrary to what you may read, an MMO cannot simply buy FX in the Marketplace, and plug-and-play. That stuff is generally built for single player games.

3. We built a new combat simulator and used it to run hundreds of simulated invasions. We call this Operation Valhalla and we'll probably publish a short video about it soon.

4. We completely reviewed and upgraded animations, and adjusted the animation budget in the game upwards. We also created and added many animations, so the game actually has had a major upgrade in this respect.

5. We've created and added numerous new enemies, and new powers for the enemies. You'll see a good deal of completely new stuff in the invasion.

6. We've been chasing and fixing bugs for about 2 months. We're sure something will happen during the various invasion tests that we run (Murphy's Law, after all). but we are about as ready as we can be.

7. Most of all we've been testing extensively to get good FPS, although we test with computers that have 1070 and 1080 graphics chips for the most part. But if your computer is older or your connection is not great, you have quite a few options for playing the invasion and having fun, by dialing down various elements of the games' advanced features until you get the best situation for you, personally, that is possible.

So we are really looking forward to the event. If participants can use the forums to report the typical range of their FPS, and other observations on the event, and what hardware they are using, that will be awesome help for the whole community.

For anyone who wants to take part in this, there's a signup button on the official site's home page

Interesting news 27th June 2020

From the official website...

We've struggled through a few issues since I last updated this. First, let me say that our event planned for June is now going to be in July. That's the bad news. But the good news is that we have upgraded to 4.25.1, and (with considerable effort) gotten a hi-intensity server up and running.

Those two efforts put us off of schedule for the event, but as of this morning, we think we have the ability to support big battles that look good in the game. So now we are about to shift to the setup for the actual event, and then get it scheduled.

This is actually quite a breakthrough. We may have the best big-battle capability of any that we have seen in a modern engine like UE 4. At least as we see the issues around big PVE battles.

Latest news on the next event involving the community

News! An invasion test is expected to begin some time within the next two months - from Consultant himself. Mentioned at the end of the video released with the newsletter dated 9th May 2020. Team wipes expected...

May 2020 Newsletter - Video Speed of Melee Combat

Ship of Heroes had a recent successful community event, in which over a thousand players could make and test a character with street sweeping combat in-game. Some players thought the combat was becoming too fast, so the SoH devs are releasing a video of the fastest option for melee combat. Their goal is to let the community have a voice in the speed of the game combat.

The latest newsletter can be read on the official Ship of Heroes website. In the video...


  • A particularly fast and bursty melee character named Slash is being shown. Because Slash has a power which teleports him on top of enemies, he avoids the traditional weakness of all melee characters – the long run into combat during which ranged enemies can shoot him before he does any damage.
  • SoH has reached an interesting point in their three years of development. They’ve had a fully working game with a client and combat system for a while now, but they are still fine-tuning systems, FX, and in this case, the speed of melee combat to suit their audience.
  • The devs are also teasing their next video in this newsletter, by telling us that they’ve named the next one “Operation Valhalla” without letting us know exactly what the content is. But since Valhalla is the Norse myth of a place where heroes go to experience perpetual combat, so presumably it's combat-related.I think I have some ideas.
  • The next big thing from Ship of Heroes will be an invasion test, which is now on the calendar for June, if all goes well. The devs have told us that that they don’t mind having a few raid-wipes along the way, so be ready for danger if you are eligible to participate.

Ship of Heroes has conducted five successful Alpha and Beta tests: one in 2017, two in 2018, a major character creator Beta in 2019, and their open community event a few weeks ago in 2020. The next big test with their community will be an invasion or raid test, planned for the next few months.

If you have any comments about the video, or the game in general, please pop on over to the official forum - https://www.shipofheroes.com/forum/

End of the surprise community 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.

See the details of the much longer than usual newsletter here :)


More about the Community Event

The Ship of Heroes community event is a fun opportunity for those trapped at home to experience a real developer map in a game in the making, bugs and all.


  • Ship of Heroes is setting a new standard in game development transparency by opening the current version of their game on a developer map to their public supporters. This includes the bugs, the in-development features, and everything as it is now, except the instanced mission content. That will be shown later in the year. For those who missed the CCT Beta in November, this promises to be all of that and more.
  • The whole point of this event is to allow the Ship of Heroes community to have some fun, playing with SoH from home while they are locked down due to the coronavirus – hence the name of the event. It’s not actually a Beta in the usual sense of looking for bugs. The event is free, and open to everyone who has been following the game; the devs are sending download instructions and keys to people using the recipient list for the newsletter.
  • The SoH Character Creation Tool (CCT) had an extremely successful Beta just four months ago. One of the game's strong points is making your own unique avatar, and the devs are touting the idea that the entire game could be filled with unique characters with no two alike. Just in the last four months, additional features and costume pieces have been added to the CCT, making it one of the best among the new crop of MMOs being developed. Multiple new powersets are available in the CCT as well, though most of these are experimental and potentially unpolished.
  • Apparently the devs are not afraid to let their community see partially completed content – perhaps because there is just so much new stuff in this event compared to November. One of the key things to see is that there is combat possible in this event, as there are a few enemies are roaming the city. Players can form teams, fight enemies, level up a little bit, get rewards and loot, and test out the first version of gathering materials for a future crafting system. It may not all be polished yet, but a lot is happening.
  • This game is getting closer to launch every month. The CCT is awesome, and already ranks as one of the best of the new breed of character generators. But the city is beautiful and iconic of comic book tableaus. There are moving cars and civilians almost everywhere. The day/night cycle has been restored, with a rather dark night that speaks to some potential for spooky night combat in the future.
  • The next big event which was previously scheduled is some kind of Beta of the SoH invasion combat for big groups, currently planned for in the next four months.



Ship of Heroes expects to launch by the end of 2020.

March 2020 Community Event Newsletter

Quite a long one this time but I'm cutting it short here because I want to get back online and play around! See you there :)

Here's an important bit. You can hop on over to the official SoH site to read the rest of the newsletter!
This community event is completely unscripted and unplanned. The idea only occurred to us about a week ago. We’re opening the game, bugs and all, to everyone who has been receiving the Ship of Heroes newsletter. You should be aware that we don’t really have a customer service team in place. Our small development team is doing everything, aided by volunteers from among our families and friends, so if something goes wrong, please be patient. We will do everything we can to get you into the game.
If you have children who are unexpectedly home from school due to the coronavirus situation, a good run-through with the Ship of Heroes CCT can be just the thing to occupy a few hours with your kids. The point is to have fun!
Please keep an eye on your email as we will be sending out keys in batches this week. The first thing to do is to download and extract of the Ship of Heroes game. Please follow the instructions exactly; most problems occur when people assume what the next step in the process should be. We’re sending out the download emails in waves to mitigate against crushing the download server. But as of this morning, we think that we have sent them all out. If you did not receive an invitation, just send us a request using the “Contact Us” form on the website or an email to communityeventsupport@shipofheroes.com
We’re providing a list of commands you can use in the game; type them into the chat once you’ve made a character and entered the city. If you discover that you need another command, please let us know in the forums. We’ll be doing our best to keep up with requests in real time, but some things may need to be added or fixed after the event.


Group commands

/invite or /inv – Invite to your group
/leave or /leavegroup – Leave your group
/kick – Kicks a player from your group
/uninvite – Removes your invite to a player

Emotes (these all take an optional target name, eg /wave Consultant)

/wave
/clap
/cheer
/crowdcheer – (YMCA)
/bow
/salute
/twist
/laydown
/sit
/frown
/smile
/neutral – Resets smile/frown morph
/emote (Example: /emote sights the Arches –– which would show: Consultant sights the Arches, for a character named Consultant)

Chat commands

/tell or /t – Sends a tell
/send or /s – Same as above
/m or msg – Seems to be same as above.
/party or /p or /group – Group chat.
/global or /g – Global chat
/say or /s – Say something only people nearby can hear
/yell or /y – Extended range say.
/reply or /r – Reply

Note: /yell will send a message to everyone in the area. By contrast, /say will only be heard by nearby players.

Other commands

/target or /tar – Targets the player named
/follow – Follows a player
/stick – Similar to follow but sticks in melee range

Note: You can toggle walking by holding down the period key while moving.


And, finally, although it hasn't been mentioned anywhere - the Beta Club is still open for business!

Who Wants to Play With the CCT

Here's an interesting development...
OK, so we need a name for what you guys asked us to do -- allow people to jump into the CCT and the city during the coronavirus lockdown. We're going to start letting people into the game as we see it as devs, each day.
Which means it is not a highly polished Beta, it is the current version with just a few things shut off. There may be a few bugs, especially on some of the new or transferred costume pieces.
So the first thing we need are 20-30 volunteers who want to go in and find problems for us, before we open it up even wider.
Pop along and take a look at the official thread if this sounds interesting...



Here's an update related to this 'beta.'

I received a question about what it costs to participate.
This is not a true Beta, just something fun to help the community when they are stuck at home, or otherwise stressed with the current situation. But we do think it will be fun, as long as people are tolerant of the occasional problem.
So we have "Pandemic Pricing."
In other words, it's free.
But if you can help with a donation, we always welcome those. :)

We're making progress on this, and we have a server rented, etc. Many, many fixes are in, but we need a bit more time to get it all set up and running, and our lead coder needs some sleep at the moment.

There is a good chance we will let the first volunteers have a look this evening or tomorrow. Then if it all works more or less as planned, we will put out a newsletter to everyone and let the rest of the community in to play.

  1. As it stands now, there are more things to see and to do:
  2. Many new costume pieces (with a few bugs we need to fix)
  3. New CCT features like two color wheels to test, new, alien/elf ears, hand and feet morphs, etc.
  4. There are a few enemies on the map, so watch out...they are higher level than you.
  5. There are ambushes on the map too, so be prepared to run or fight.
  6. We have some test crates for crafting materials you can click...yes, there will be crafting in the game but we have an early prototype working now. There's a crafting table somewhere...
  7. Day/night is working again.
  8. There are some capes in now, and a couple of auras.
  9. The new powersets, some untested and not polished, are in.

There are actually a lot of new things. We think we have turned off the first set of missions...we have to have something to show later in the year, after all!

So when you get in, go ahead and have fun. This is not a regular Beta, so much as a gift to the community -- something for people to do that is fun, with your kids if you want. For most of you, this is the first, perhaps the only time you will ever roam around, unimpeded on a developer map. Other games don't seem to allow this sort of thing. But we thought it would give you a laugh, and we can all use one more laugh.  

A Question of Combat Pets

The age old question about combat pets in MMO's has arisen once more. Heroic Games are planning on having combat pets for controller type characters and are interested in the players views on pet powers and commands. Hop on over to the thread on the official forum if you have any views on the matter or are just interested in what people have to say.