A little while back, I wrote about the ultimately futile efforts to wish a dead MMORPG back into existence. Now it seems that a group of folks have decided that the only way that anyone is going to do the work to rebuild City of Heroes is if someone actually does the work to rebuild City of Heroes.
This group, Missing Worlds Media, carefully avoids mentioning anyone's IP, but it should be clear to CoH veterans exactly which "missing world" they're hoping to replace. The web site is still under construction, but what's there seems to suggest that the all-volunteer team has a leadership structure, programmers, and artists, and they've chosen a graphics engine. Now all they need is a logo and a T-shirt and they'll have everything they need to be a failed startup.
What you're reading now is not the original blog post I wrote about this. I had written a long, snarky, world-weary article about how I would personally graph out the betting pool squares for this project's failure.
I've deleted all of that. Yes, an MMO is a huge project, and the idea of pulling together a worthy successor to City of Heroes with an all-volunteer team seems insane.
But what if they pull it off?
Wouldn't that be incredible?
I'm going to temporarily turn off my cynicism chip and encourage anyone who believes in City of Heroes, anyone with any talent in art or programming or anything to go to the Missing Worlds Media site and see if there's a way you can help.
Best of luck, Missing Worlds Media. Excelsior.