The Ship of Heroes team has posted a brief response on the game's official forums in response to yesterday's news of a City of Heroes "secret" server that has been in operation for years. The Ship of Heroes team wants fans to know that it is in full blown development and on track for an end of the year beta where "the WHOLE community can be involved". In addition, the post says that SoH "is the next step in superhero gaming".
With the surprise news yesterday that a private server for City of Heroes may have been operating for years, possibly with hundreds of players, we just want to reiterate that Ship of Heroes is developing full-steam, and that we will launch as planned on the schedule we have announced. Ship of Heroes is the next step in superhero gaming with a completely unique setting, new story and missions, new engine and graphics, and infinite room for future game expansion. Our goal is to provide a gaming home to all of those who want to continue to experience the positive community that we have already assembled on our forums and in our Alpha tests. After all the support we have received, doing anything else would be a betrayal. Please show your interest by continuing to support Ship of Heroes.
You can read the ongoing discussions about Ship of Heroes and the CoH server at the links provided above.