Thursday 21 April 2005/... NCsoftTM Europe can today confirm its attendance at Britain's newest comic exhibition, Comic Expo. A major new comic event in the UK, Comic Expo runs from May 14th to 15th at the British Empire & Commonwealth Exhibition Hall and the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Bristol.
Comic Expo will be attended by a host of prestigious comic creators, including J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Rising Stars, Midnight Nation), Michael Avon Oeming (Powers), Gary Frank (Supreme Power), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), Alan Davis (JLA: The Nail, Excalibur) Brian Bolland (Judge Dredd) and many more. With two days of talks, workshops, events and a massive dealer area, there's plenty for all comic fans to enjoy.
Complementing the comics, NCsoft Europe's staff will be on hand to demonstrate the award winning City of HeroesTM. All visitors to the NCsoft stand will get a chance to play City of Heroes, and they'll take away a demo disc which will allow them to play the game for fourteen days free-of-charge.
Not only that, but they will also be able to take part in heroic player versus player competitions as part of the new Issue #4: Colosseum, and win some fantastic City of Heroes prizes. These include exclusive limited edition Statesman statues, copies of the game and other City of Heroes goodies.
"Although computer and video games have been influenced by comic books since the very beginning, City of Heroes shows its love for comics more than any other," says Mike Allwood, Producer, Comic Expo. "That's why we were delighted to welcome NCsoft Europe to the first ever Comic Expo, and we hope City of Heroes will be a massive hit with our visitors."
"Everyone working on City of Heroes loves comic books," adds Stephen Reid, Content and Community Manager, NCsoft Europe. "We're also huge gaming fans, too; so it makes sense for City of Heroes to be at Comic Expo. We're looking forward to seeing how hardcore comic readers respond to the game, but Comic Expo is also a fantastic way for us to meet existing fans of City of Heroes - who get to experience a huge comic convention, too!"
The NCsoft stand will be located in the Ramada Plaza Hotel for the duration of Comic Expo. Tickets are on-sale now (Â£5 per day, Â£10 for the weekend) from the official web site at http://www.comicexpo.net/
More information on City of Heroes can be found at the official European web site: http://eu.cityofheroes.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 LineageÂ® II in November 2004, City of HeroesTM on 4th February 2005 and Guild WarsÂ® is scheduled for 28th April 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.
NCsoft, the interlocking NC logo, Guild Wars, ArenaNet, Lineage, and all associated NCsoft logos and designs are trademarks or registered trademarks of NCsoft Corporation. City of Heroes is a trademark of Cryptic Studios, Inc. and NCsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.