LAST EDITED ON Apr-26-19 AT 07:16 PM (EDT)
Edit 3: Server's back online, connection instructions are on Reddit, they've added a second server! Operation Skul Kil has commenced...
EDIT 2: https://massivelyop.com/2019/04/22/city-of-heroes-rogue-server-has-already-been-shut-down-under-threat-of-legal-action/
seems to be the best clearinghouse for new info.
And that's that, it's gone. I'm not in the slightest surprised, but I am dismayed.
OK, so here's the scoop.
When NCSoft pulled the plug, a group called SCORE was able to obtain and run the CoH server code, and maintained a private access server for select folks. Recently, Stroya the Destroya leaked the existence of that server, and unlike previous leaks, the attempt to smear him as a conspiracy-theorist nutjob didn't work.
A reporter for MassivelyOP, Bree, covered the leak and it went big. Read her own words https://massivelyop.com/2019/04/18/whats-going-on-with-city-of-heroes-now-this-game-is-a-unicorn/
The Private server code was scrubbed of personal identification tracks and released. A group that I don't have a handle on or for has since modified and instantiated that code, and has opened the Public server.
Which is named Bree. :D
It's stable enough to play on - I've gotten two toons to level ten since it opened. It just keeps getting better.
Is a good place to get the instructions on getting your groove on - there's very little hackromancy here, it's pretty straightforward. If you need a bittorrent client, I recommend Deluge.
Go. Hunt. Kill Skuls.