It’s been a while since we checked in on how the City of Heroes rogue server situation has been going, hasn’t it? To recap: Earlier this year, the public at large learned about a “secret” City of Heroes server that had been operating since shortly after the MMORPG’s official closure in 2012. The code for the servers was released, and many more sprung up. Administrators of the various servers decided to open up talks with NCSoft to see about getting some kind of official blessing for their efforts, with the warning that things would proceed “at the speed of legal.”
Proceed they have, and proceed they will continue to do, though without one of their primary advocates. Tony Vazquez, a.k.a. “TonyV,” leader of the long-running Titan Network, is stepping away from the game to pursue a “recent engagement and new business venture,” MassivelyOP reports. In parting, he had good things to say about the negotiations with NCSoft in his long letter announcing his departure.
“Even if you think they were wrong back then, let it go. They have been nothing but genuine, friendly, and extremely accommodating through our conversations. At this point, they’ve gotten everything they’ve wanted from all involved in the server code leak. If they were out on some twisted mission to screw everyone over, that hammer would have fallen already. They’re not. … They’re bending over backwards to figure out a custom arrangement for us that’s fair to everyone, something I believe will still happen, and something I hope the whole industry takes note of.”
I’m one of the people who isn’t willing to invest in any of the CoH rogue servers until I know I’ll get on one that is well-run and not likely to disappear overnight, so it’s nice to hear that things are still moving along and NCSoft is receptive. I also followed Vazquez’s advice of “letting it go” a long time ago, and I heartily suggest it to anyone else who’s still salty that a game that was providing 2% of a company’s revenue was shut down. Plus, if you’re boycotting NCSoft, how will you play a potential “official” server that has their blessing? Now that’s a moral dilemma fit for the comics.