Wednesday 7 June 2006/... NCsoftÂ® Europe has today announced the release of a new free-to-subscribers update to City of VillainsTM and City of HeroesÂ®, entitled "Issue 7: Destiny Manifest". The new feature-packed update adds new high-level content, two new zones and the opportunity for City of Villains players to create havoc in new "Mayhem Missions".
To celebrate this momentous occasion, any former player of City of Heroes or City of Villains can rejoin the game for an exclusive five-day game period, to experience for themselves all of the incredible new content that Issue 7: Destiny Manifest has to offer.
Issue 7 adds level 40 to level 50 content to City of Villains, including more than 300 new missions and a new PvE (player vs environment) zone, Grandville. Grandville contains Spider City, the vertically-built capital of Lord RecluseTM, the leader of the feared Arachnos villain group.
Highlighting the new mission sets are Mayhem Missions, which allow villains to enter instanced zones in Paragon CityTM. During these missions, a villain must create as much havoc in the zone as possible, reaping unique rewards and loot. The Mayhem Mission zones are destructible environments where villains can unlock multiple random events, harass citizens and battle the Paragon City Police.
A new feature to both City of Heroes and City of Villains is the unique level 40 to 50 PvP zone, Recluse's Victory. Recluse's Victory is twisted, alternate universe version of Paragon City's Atlas ParkTM, where villains and heroes battle for heavily armed (and armoured!) control points. As the battle rages, players will watch Recluse's Victory change before their eyes, as the balance of power shifts to one true 'good' or 'evil' version of the zone. Heroes and villains can command powerful mobile weapons platforms that can help turn the tide of battle, and better yet, powerful signature characters can also aid each side, allowing players to battle the likes of Lord Recluse or Statesman.
"This highly anticipated expansion makes villains meaner and introduces a PvP zone that has not been seen before in the online multiplayer market," said Matt Miller, Cryptic Studio'sTM lead designer for City of Heroes and City of Villains. "Players will have a blast exploring the new high-level content and causing endless destruction in the new Mayhem Missions, which take being a villain to a new low. This expansion will reinforce to players that the 'City of' franchise is the top comic-book based game on the market, because Issue 7 has something that will amaze everyone."
Issue 7 also introduces "Patron Powers" for players who reach level 40, allowing them to adopt a new set of abilities that enable players to command the same forces as the City of Villains signature villains: Ghost WidowTM, Captain MakoTM, SciroccoTM or Black ScorpionTM. And that's not all - Issue #7 also provides new base features, including storage items, empowerment stations, super group banners and base color tinting, and a brand new set of costume options. Sweeping art and graphics improvements have also been added to City of Heroes.
More information on City of Villains, City of Heroes and the next update, Issue 7: Destiny Manifest, is available at the official European web sites:
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 currently services Auto AssaultÂ®, LineageÂ® II, City of HeroesÂ®, City of VillainsTM , Guild WarsÂ® and Guild Wars FactionsTM in Europe. More information about NCsoft Europe can be found at http://www.plaync.com
About Cryptic Studios
Cryptic StudiosTM, Inc., located in Los Gatos, 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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