July 2019 - latest bit of launch date news

A common question that comes up is 'when will SoH launch?'

The answer is that no date has yet been set. Here's a couple of quotes from Consultant on the official forum dated 15th July 2019:
...we need to complete and assign quite a few animations to powers and create quite a few missions.
At the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020 we will be taking a lot more community feedback into consideration, looking hard at the remaining technical issues and picking a date. We are not picking one now.
So, still to come in 2019 is the Character/Costume Creator beta, then an Invasion beta. When those are completed and they've dealt with any issues that may arise and taken the communities feedback into account, we can look forward to a launch date.

Devs Looking for Info -- Can You Help?

The Heroic Games team is looking for some information. Here's the content of the post on the official forum. Head on over there if you can help...

What we want to know is the actual date (month and year) that the first closed Alpha or Closed Beta of some other MMOs took place (list below). And if you have a link to a source document that supports your data, that is awesome! But some of this may be stuff that you remember, because you participated.

So, first (this would usually be closed) Alpha or Beta for these games:


  • Dark Age of Camelot
  • Star Wars Galaxies
  • World of Warcraft
  • Everquest 2
  • Warhammer Online
  • Star Wars, the Old Republic
  • Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Secret World
  • Guild Wars
  • Guild Wars 2
  • DCUO
  • Path of Exile
  • Crowfall


If you know any of this, or can figure it out, we'd like to get your help. If there are both alpha dates and Beta dates, please tell us which one you have uncovered.

Thank you.

Heroic Games is on LinkedIn

A reminder for those who haven't seen the forum post. Heroic Games is on LinkedIn.

If you are interested in following, it is simple and free. You log in to your LinkedIn account, search for Heroic Games, and what pops up should have a big blue button with white letters saying "Follow."
Click that and you are in.
LinkedIn is part of the overall social media outreach for Ship of Heroes. We know that our audience skews a bit older and more professional than most games do, so many members of the community will already be on LinkedIn.

FAQ - Ship of Heroes

There's a really useful FAQ in development over on the official Ship of Heroes site.
Adding an index into it here for completeness...

Basis Of The Game And Why We Are Here
Donations
Lore
The FHS Justice
Zones
Combat, Missions And Leveling
Loot, Augments, Temp Powers, Infusions and Crafting
Enemy Groups
Archetypes
Power Sets
Game Cost and Tokens


Auction House and 4th July Celebration Video

The devs at Ship of Heroes are involving the community in the developmental progress of their game.  In this video they are wishing everyone a great 4th of July, and showing that another piece of their game is now in working order.  In this case it's the auction house, which is named Ivar & Sons.  This is the 30th video that devs at Heroic Games have published about SoH.

In this video hero Snow Drift demonstrates that the auction house is working by putting an augment up for sale.  It’s a simple thing, but it's one of hundreds of seemingly simple things that need to be in place to enable a modern MMORPG.  Functional trading system for players?  Check. 

The devs are still polishing their starting gameplay area, known as Apotheosis City. But it already looks great, especially with the day/night cycle and the fireworks over the city center.  This is another small detail that speaks to the immersive power of this game.

Ship of Heroes is being developed in an extremely transparent manner.  One nice aspect of this is that progress shown in previous videos reappears in later videos.  We've seen Ivar & Sons on previous tours of Apotheosis City, going back to 2016.  But now it looks completed.  It's decked out with plants, signs, and working NPCs.  The heroine in the video, Snow Drift, has been shown before to have super-speed with an ice-based FX trail, and she still does.

Since the arrival of private servers with the old City of Heroes content on them, the SoH dev team hasn't slowed down at all.  They’ve shown combat with leveling, augment, power-ups, and buffs all working.  They’ve shown the super-speed travel power, and some great little additions to their city.  And now they’ve shown an auction house with trading functionality for players.

Watch the video on the official Ship of Heroes Site.

Ship of Heroes has conducted three successful Alpha tests, one in 2017 and two during 2018. The next big test with their community will be a character creator Beta, which is scheduled to be followed by a raid test.