Posted Wed, Oct 30, 2013 by Sardu
Once it became clear that Jumpgate Evolution wouldn't become a reality, Black Prophecy became the next great hope for space combat nerds, myself included. All things considered, it wasn't a bad game. It did have one fatal flaw though, in that it exemplified exactly what's wrong with the Tortage Syndrome. In other words, never create a super slick, engaging entry into an MMO that you can't continue to deliver on as you progress further into the game. And you especially don't want to pull a bait-and-switch by giving people a decent PvE intro only to have the game suddenly turn into a PvP gankfest.
Chances are, we'll never know the real reason why City of Heroes was shut down. Given the timing, I suspect that it helped NCsoft afford to move into the slick new building where ArenaNet relocated prior to the launch of Guild Wars 2. Either way, the CoH saga is a rarity not so much due to the closure, but more so due to the fact that gamers didn't simply nerd rage about the server shutdown (although they most certainly did), they ultimately became the first group to take action to the point of working on the creation of a spiritual successor to the CoH legacy.
It's still far too early to tell how City of Titans will turn out, but the project has exceeded its funding goals on Kickstarter by a fair amount. I certainly tip my hat to the folks behind Phoenix Project, and can't wait to see if they can keep the dream alive for thousands of exiled superheroes and villains. They could have simply cobbled together emulated servers for CoH like fans have done for so many other games on this list, so it just goes to show that CoH did indeed have a pretty kick-ass community.