I am excited to share the news that City of Heroes is going Rogue!
In the Going Rogue expansion, hero and villain characters will become immersed in the new parallel universe known as Praetoria, which is governed by Tyrant™, the evil incarnation of the game's main protagonist, Statesman™. As gamers search for Tyrant and the rest of his Praetorian guard, implacable foes and fierce resistance will arise to face them from all sides, causing heroes and villains alike to question their loyalties.
City of Heroes Going Rogue will introduce a new alignment system that helps players explore the shades of gray that lie between good and evil. For the first time, hero characters can become villains and vice versa, enabling hero archetypes to cross over to the Rogue Isles™ and villain archetypes to experience Paragon City™. Clearly marked missions, in addition to behaviors and decisions made by the player, will move a hero's or villain's moral compass, which could eventually change the hero's or villain's alignment. Going Rogue will also introduce two primary new fictional characters representative of this alignment shift in the game's lore: Maelstrom, a pistol-wielding hero gone rogue, and Desdemona, a demon-summoning villain who has been redeemed (NCsoft).
I can't wait to play a mastermind in Paragon City. There are a lot of things we don't know:
- When the expansion will be released
- How much it will cost
- How the are implementing the alignment system
- Will there be 2 Paragon Cities and 2 Rogue Islands.
- Will a rogue hero or villain at 50 unlock their respective epic classes or will they count toward their alignment?
- Will rogues be locked in the parallel world or will they be able to cross over?
I hope to have annswers to those questions soon, but it sounds interesting.