We’re tired of reading details on updates - as we watch the download bar slowly fill - that tells us in technical terms that our character has been nerfed, and so is City of Heroes’ Lead Designer, Matt Miller. Expect the latest Issue 9: Breakthrough update for City of Heroes and City of Villains to offer upgrades for all when it launches within the next few weeks.
Issue 9 will introduce the never-before-seen Invention system, which will allow players to boost their masked marauders with crafted costume pieces, new powers, gadgets, and more. Items and powers will be created via Recipes, and raw materials for these goodies will come in the form of “salvage” drops from enemies.
Above: Both heroes and villains will find new high-level end-game content where they can exercise their newfound l33tness
Even casual players should find themselves with the salvage needed to create worthwhile upgrades and trinkets by playing through the Invention system’s brief tutorial. But despite the developer’s desire to dance away from the usual loot grind, don’t expect the rarest salvage or the juiciest recipes to drop from anything but the hardest enemies.