NCsoft Covers New Ground in City of Heroes

/Newest expansion takes players to ancient city to save the present day/

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*AUSTIN, Texas, May 21, 2008*—NCsoft^® Corporation, the world’s leading
developer and publisher of online computer games, today announced the
release of /City of Heroes/^® “Issue 12: Midnight Hour.” The newest free
expansion for current subscribers, Issue 12 brings to life a special
covert group from the game’s lore, highly-anticipated Villain Epic
Archetypes, more powerset options and character slots for players, plus
a whole new Greek- and Roman-inspired zone to explore!

/City of Heroes/ Issue 12, developed and published by NCsoft, brings the
Midnight Squad out of the lore and into the game. The Midnight Squad is
the clandestine organization of mystics, scholars and mages who hold a
secret that could bring the alien group, the Rikti, to its knees.
Players are encouraged to help the Midnight Squad uncover the secret
that could help save Paragon City^™ and the Rogue Isles from further
alien assaults.

Part of this secret will be revealed in a new zone called Cimerora,
which uses the Ouroboros time travel system introduced in Issue 11. This
zone, inspired by ancient Greece and Rome, is only accessible by working
with the Midnight Squad. Once the player has access, both villains and
heroes must face deadly creatures and defeat an unexpected threat. As a
reward for their accomplishments in Cimerora, players can unlock special
Greek- and Roman-inspired armor and costumes.

Another key feature in Issue 12 is Villain Epic Archetypes. Now,
villains who reach level 50 unlock two brand new epic archetypes; Wolf
Spiders and Blood Widows. Wolf Spiders can specialize into Bane Spiders
or Crab Spiders, and Blood Widows can develop into Night Widows or
Fortunatas. Each specialty enjoys a unique set of wickedly powerful attacks.

Issue 12 also introduces Powerset Proliferation
, which
vastly increases the variety of villain and hero characters that players
can create. Some powersets, previously only available to hero
archetypes, are now available to designated villain archetypes, and vice
versa. To help accommodate all of these new character options, the
development team has opened additional character slots. All current
subscribers receive two new character slots for use on the server of
their choice. Other slots may be acquired as a part of the Veteran
program, or for purchase. Details can be found on the /City of Heroes/
web site

“With the introduction of Villain Epic Archetypes, new costume options
and Powerset Proliferation in Issue 12, we knew players would want to be
able to create new characters,” said Matt Miller, lead designer.
“Expanding the number of character slots in this way ensures that our
players can use all these new features. We think it’s a great solution
that adds value to the service.”

To join the adventures of the most successful comic-book themed game on
the market, players can purchase the /City of Heroes/ “Good Versus Evil
Edition” game pack at retailers across North America or through digital
download at the PlayNC Store
The “Good Versus Evil Edition” includes the complete /City of Heroes/
and /City of Villains/^® games, as well as a set of exclusive bonus
items. Customers receive the first month of play free and both games can
be played for the single monthly subscription price of $14.99.

For more information about /City of Heroes/, go to
http://www.cityofheroes.com .

*About NCsoft Corporation*

NCsoft North America is headquartered in Austin, Texas and is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Korea-based NCsoft Corporation. NCsoft, with
its own development and publishing offices in Texas and California, also
works with other NCsoft subsidiaries and third party developers
throughout North America to develop and publish innovative online
entertainment software products. The company has successfully launched
multiple online titles in the last three years and continues to support
its franchises, which include /Lineage/^® //Lineage II/, /City of
Heroes///City of Villains/, /Guild Wars/^® //Guild Wars Factions/^®
//Guild Wars Nightfall/^® //Guild Wars: Eye of the North/^™ , /Richard
Garriott//’s Tabula Rasa/^® , /Dungeon Runners/^™ , and /Exteel/^™ More
information about NCsoft can be found at http://www.plaync.com

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