City of Heroes is dead, but in its wake City of Titans shall live. The Phoenix Project has successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign to develop a City of Heroes spiritual successor, raising $360,000 and meeting its goal in less than a week. Best yet, the campaign still has 26 days left to raise more funds and meet its stretch goals. It's time to sit down and think out some bigger goals than a MacOS port at $450,000 guys!
"When we lost our City, no amount of traditional investment would bring it back. The safe money for MMORPG investment goes to traditional titles, revamped versions of classic fantasy realms, grind-fests featuring pay-to-win, or ones tied to popular role-playing, movie, print or television properties.
The Phoenix Project is none of these things. It is a new home for the heroic spirit, but not a clone or replica. We have an opportunity here to build a modern game, respectful of the play style, lessons, and fun of the old game, while taking advantage of the more than ten years of industry development since our spiritual predecessor started development."
Typically projects with these sorts of funding goals are small teams dedicated to a year or two of development on a small game. Not so with City of Titans, which has over a hundred developers according to The Phoenix Project. 100 volunteers, that is. Yes, all funds raised in City of Titans' Kickstarter will go to providing its volunteers with the tools they need to create an outstanding game. There's not a single word stating the money will go towards paying a developer for services rendered. As such, City of Titans proves to be one of the most unique projects I've seen go through Kickstarter. Unique, and certainly risky.
Yet for a team of over 100 volunteers to unite in effort to recreate an experience they miss so dearly, perhaps City of Titans is a more reliable project than I've given credit. After all, each of these developers is dedicated to the game without any promise of recompense. It may take some time, but you could pick riskier projects on Kickstarter, that's for sure.
Expect more information on City of Titans as the Kickstarter campaign continues and then onward throughout the game's development. It has an expected delivery date of November 2015, though that's certainly tentative considering the type of project that City of Titans is. A $50 donation will garner a full copy of the game.