Wednesday 19 January 2005/... Gamers in Benelux have reason to rejoice as NCsoftTM Europe announces an exclusive retail partnership with BOL.com. Customers who pre-order the award-winning City of HeroesTM Deluxe edition via BOL.com in the next week will receive a VIP invitation to participate in the European Beta event which kicked off at Christmas and will run through until release on 4th February 2005.
Max Brown, NCsoft Europe's sales and marketing director, said: "MMO Gamers in Belgium and Holland have been crying out for NCsoft products and we are delighted that BOL.com has signed up as our retail partner in those territories. We will be seeking to offer BOL.com customers a range of exclusive offers during the year to incentivise purchase."
NCsoft is going all out with the City of Heroes Deluxe edition. This expansive release exclusive to European gamers contains many bonus extras including - among other things - all three game content updates (Issues 1-3), a stunning 88-page comic digest, and serial codes to unlock an in-game Prestige Power, unique cape (available for Level 20 characters) and VIP badge.
City of Heroes has an s.r.p. of €39.99. Monthly subscriptions will be €12.99 with discounts available for three-months €34.99 and six-months €64.99.
NCsoft also will be making collectable City of Heroes Game Time Cards available. Game Time Cards will allow players without credit cards to play for 60 days at €25.99, and will come in three different designs.
More information on City of Heroes is available at the official European web site: http://eu.cityofheroes.com/
To pre-order City of Heroes in Benelux and register for the European Beta, visit: http://www.bol.com/
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About NCsoft Europe
NCsoft Europe (NC-E) is headquartered in Brighton, England and is part of Korea-based NCsoft Corporation, the world's leading developer and publisher of online games. NCsoft has already successfully established itself in North America, Japan, Taiwan, China and Thailand. NC-E began operations on 1st September 2004 and serves as a central hub for all NCsoft sales, marketing and distribution operations in Europe, via its European distribution network. NC-E launched LineageÃ‚Â® II in November 2004, with City of HeroesÃ‚Â® and Guild WarsÃ‚Â® scheduled for Q1, 2005. More information about NCsoft Europe can be found at http://www.plaync.com.
About Cryptic Studios
Cryptic Studios, Inc., located in San Jose, California, was established in July of 2000 and is an independent developer of massively multiplayer online games for the PC and next generation consoles. Its first game, City of Heroes, launched in April 2004. The game takes place in a virtual world where thousands of people play simultaneously, take on the role of super-powered heroes, fight villains and help create a dynamic story in a visually-stunning, 3-D graphical world.
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