Auto Assault & City of Villains Revealed

NCsoft sends along the roster of games they will be showing off at next month's E3, which offers first details on Auto Assault, NetDevil's Mad Max-style MMORPG, and reveals an evil City of Villains expansion for City of Heroes:
Auto Assault —Combine fast-paced vehicular combat with high-tech, futuristic weaponry and hundreds of intense skills and you get Auto Assault – a unique departure from traditional Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs). Hop in your own customized cars, semis, and motorcycles and prepare to fight the mutated creatures and bandits of Auto Assault's post-apocalyptic world. Battle other players both in arenas and in epic race vs. race wars for control of the regions in a devastated Earth. Auto Assault uses the power of the Havok™ physics engine to let you make insane jumps, send obstacles flying and even blast bridges, buildings, fences and trees with your car-mounted rockets. Anything you can hit, you can destroy!

City of Villains—Want to play the bad guy in Paragon City? You’ll get your chance in Cryptic Studios’ City of Villains, currently under development and to be shown in limited play at E3. While City of Heroes (www.cityofheroes.com) is ready for an April 28 launch, Cryptic developers already are working on the first major expansion to the game that will allow players to take on the role of villain in Paragon’s modern metropolis. Turn the tide on all the heroes and heroines and lead your crime syndicate into battle in the impressive 3D backdrop of Paragon City.
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Hahaha
Apr 23, 2004, 14:50
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Apr 23, 2004, 14:50
 
Too funny, as much talk of "No way are we ever going to offer a PvP game" that was going on in the CoH beta, this is just a riot!!

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Re: Hahaha
Apr 23, 2004, 15:05
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Apr 23, 2004, 15:05
 
DAMMIT!!! Now CoH is really starting to sound fun (xpansion at least). A Super Hero MMO PvP game would be fantastic. Personally, I think they are doing a good thing here.

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Re: Hahaha
Apr 23, 2004, 15:05
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Re: Hahaha Apr 23, 2004, 15:05
Apr 23, 2004, 15:05
 
Game isn't even out yet and they are going to be showing off the expansion. I wonder how long they've been working on it.

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Re: Hahaha
Apr 23, 2004, 15:10
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Re: Hahaha Apr 23, 2004, 15:10
Apr 23, 2004, 15:10
 
So... is CoV actually PvP? They don't flat-out say it. It could very well be the same thing, only flipped.


The other game sounds like an incredibly fun idea that will never live up to potential.

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Re: Hahaha
Apr 23, 2004, 15:37
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Re: Hahaha Apr 23, 2004, 15:37
Apr 23, 2004, 15:37
 
So... is CoV actually PvP? They don't flat-out say it. It could very well be the same thing, only flipped.

Good point, can't seem to find any news about this on the CoH main site.

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Re: Hahaha
Apr 23, 2004, 15:46
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Re: Hahaha Apr 23, 2004, 15:46
Apr 23, 2004, 15:46
 
If they did this Right it could be a minor mmog breakthrough - have City of Heroes and City of Villains as separate, stand-alone PVE Worlds BUT in addition, players from each Game could opt to enter a 3rd PVP "convergence world" where they could battle each other. World vs. World.

They'll probably just go the traditional route though, having arenas and special pvp "zones" within the same common pve game.

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Re: Hahaha
Apr 23, 2004, 16:22
Tei
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Apr 23, 2004, 16:22
Tei
 
They'll probably just go the traditional route though, having arenas and special pvp "zones" within the same common pve game

Seeems like the logical choice... Having a total convergence world might turn into a grief fest, but they should at least have a server dedicated to it a la DaoC. It all depends on how they implement it really. Lots of routes to take with this, luckily most have a happy ending.

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Auto Assault...
Apr 23, 2004, 16:23
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Auto Assault sounds like the game I've been waiting for all my life. Ever since I was a teenager sitting around drinking beer and play Car Wars with the guys, this is what I've been looking for.

It's a shame Steve Jackson Games couldn't pull their mac-obsessed heads out of their asses long enough to actually do something with the license.

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Re: Auto Assault...
Apr 23, 2004, 16:27
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Re: Auto Assault...
Apr 23, 2004, 16:28
Tei
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Apr 23, 2004, 16:28
Tei
 
It's a shame Steve Jackson Games couldn't pull their mac-obsessed heads out of their asses long enough to actually do something with the license.

That's the beauty of life in post-apocalypse, an idea so public it can't be licensed

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Re: Auto Assault...
Apr 23, 2004, 16:37
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Apr 23, 2004, 16:37
 
(wewt)
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Re: Auto Assault...
Apr 23, 2004, 16:43
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Apr 23, 2004, 16:43
 
Welp, the same folks behind AA also made the excellent space sim/mmorpg, Jumpgate, so it should be awesome.

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CoH and Auto Assault
Apr 23, 2004, 17:01
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CoH and Auto Assault Apr 23, 2004, 17:01
Apr 23, 2004, 17:01
 
CoH currently has no PvP at all whatsoever. The devs have said they want to introduce player villians YEARS ago, but all the fanbois had their selective review reading glasses on and are now feigning surprise.

After reading all their anti pvp crap on the Coh.com forums, now I REALLY want to be a villian, just to kill them.

Auto Assault sounds completely bad ass.. but I hope NetDevil got some fresh talent, or brushed up their skills, because Jumpgate was a turd.

In any rate, I am going to give CoH a spin.


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Re: CoH and Auto Assault
Apr 23, 2004, 17:16
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Re: CoH and Auto Assault Apr 23, 2004, 17:16
Apr 23, 2004, 17:16
 
No man, JG is not a turd. It's improved immensely since the release of Episode 2 and lots of patching.

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Re: CoH and Auto Assault
Apr 23, 2004, 17:24
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Re: CoH and Auto Assault Apr 23, 2004, 17:24
Apr 23, 2004, 17:24
 
Cryptic needs to be working on CoH and fixing it's still numerous problems and issues and adding actual content to it before working on an expansion. If the expansion is just more of the same, but you're a "bad guy", I'll pass. CoH = good concept, poor execution.

Auto-assault sounds about the same. It's basically I76' they want you to pay a monthly fee for. While it was fun, it's certainly nothing that warrants paying a monthly fee, much like Planetside. Maybe I just expect more bang for my buck. Why can't they just do a GOOD post-apocalyptic MOG ala Fallout? That would own if done properly.


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auto assault
Apr 23, 2004, 17:36
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auto assault Apr 23, 2004, 17:36
Apr 23, 2004, 17:36
 
Maaaan, I've been waiting for a mission-based car-combat game for a while now. Too bad Auto Assault is gonna be an MMORPG, so no matter how good it is... I can't afford to play it. I was hoping for something along the structure of X-wing Alliance, but instead of ships.... in cars. Garage opens. 5 cars rumble out with machine gun and rocket attachments. Mission objective.. intercept transport convoy and disable their tires for cargo capture. Or.... attack enemy Mobile Defense Base....... like a Star Destroyer but with wheels. Cars driving all over the place, dodging fire, then turning around and shooting up the MDB...... boom boom boooooom. Vans, buses, and SUVs are considered "bombers", and they drive in formation, with gun turrets blasting out the back and sides. Japanese motorcycles are high speed scout vehicles... Harley motorcycles are slightly beefed up scouts.... Ford Mustangs, Camaros, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Mazda's RX-8's, Skylines, and all the other popular cars perform various combat roles as "road superiority fighters". Pick-up trucks become rocket-platforms. Homing missiles can be shot out at your target.... but a quick turn and deployment of countermeasures spoofs the missile, just like any flight sim. That would be sweeet.

I never played much I'76, but from the looks of it, it was more like a groovy Wing Commander then a real attempt at making a car combat game. And the Vigilante games were just too arcadey. "Cars with guns" is a theme that companies should think about more often. Afterall, the average American spends 90 minutes a day in one..... in anger-inducing nerve-wracking traffic...... urge to kill..... rising.... rising........!

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Re: CoH and Auto Assault
Apr 23, 2004, 18:16
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After reading all their anti pvp crap on the Coh.com forums, now I REALLY want to be a villian, just to kill them

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COV
Apr 23, 2004, 18:40
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COV Apr 23, 2004, 18:40
Apr 23, 2004, 18:40
 
LMFAO so not only do you have to pay a monthly subscription to play the original game but you now have to pay for an expansion to swap teams Whats the next expansion after that? COS, City of spectators when u have to pay to spectate?

Call me Mr Picky but I will stick to my large collection of games that cost me nothing but the retail price, I can have huge on-line battles for free and even change teams for free WOW what a novelty.

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Re: auto assault
Apr 23, 2004, 19:11
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Re: auto assault Apr 23, 2004, 19:11
Apr 23, 2004, 19:11
 
Maaaan, I've been waiting for a mission-based car-combat game for a while now.

Ditto. As the game will be MMO, I won't be able to afford it either. However, if the game does well, it will motivate more developers to follow suit and produce vehicular combat games. Personally, I'd love to see a single-player vehicular combat game with RPG aspects. Take Freelancer, mix it with Twisted Metal Black, Interstate '76 and maybe even a little Morrowind... sheer goodness =*]

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Re: auto assault
Apr 23, 2004, 20:28
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Apr 23, 2004, 20:28
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...even change teams for free WOW what a novelty.

jaja, same.

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