Thursday 29th November/... NCsoftÂ® Europe, the worldâ€™s leading developer and publisher of online computer games, today announced the release of City of HeroesÂ® â€œIssue: 11: A Stitch in Time,â€ a free expansion for current subscribers, which provides players new content including the ability for heroes and villains to travel back in time to participate in world-altering missions as well as a weapon customization tool, two new power sets and enhancements to the inventions system.
The City of Heroes title, of which NCsoft recently took sole percent ownership, has included 11 free major content expansions to the game and a retail expansion with the 2005 release of City of Villainsâ„¢. Issue 11 offers new ways for players to tackle the comic-book styled adventures in Paragon Cityâ„¢ and the Rogue Islesâ„¢ while adding new depth and features.
The headline feature of Issue 11 is the ability to â€œflashbackâ€ in time to participate in exciting events from the history of Paragon City and the Rogue Isles. Issue 11 introduces the mysterious Menders of Ouroboros, which gives players the ability to travel through time to embark on historic quests including a hero mission that prevents the Circle of Thorns from unleashing a devastating demon on a defenseless world (a story which was originally presented in the City of Heroes comic book). Additionally, villains will be able to travel through time to assist Lord Recluseâ„¢ in his initial campaign to conquer the Rogue Isles.
Heroes and villains can also use the â€œflashbackâ€ abilities to play or replay hundreds of missions from earlier in the game. Players will be able to set mission parameters to earn special badges and participantsâ€™ levels will be set appropriately to ensure that the challenge of each story-arc remains constant.
â€œThe â€˜flashbackâ€™ feature is an innovative feature that gives players an opportunity to participate in huge story-lines and opens up missions they enjoyed previously,â€ said Matt Miller, NCsoftâ€™s lead designer for City of Heroes and City of Villains. â€œThis gives the game greater depth and many more challenges.â€
Issue 11 also adds two new power sets, Dual Blades and Willpower. Willpower, which is available to Tankers, Scrappers, Brutes and Stalkers, offers a strong mix of resistance, defense and regeneration powers, allowing these characters to shake off pain continue battling.
The Dual Blades set allows heroes and villains hold blunt or bladed weapons in each hand to deliver devastating attacks using the new â€˜comboâ€™ combat system. The Dual Blades are available to Brutes, Scrappers, Stalkers and Tankers.
The Dual Blades are also featured in the new weapons customization tool added to the gameâ€™s lauded costume creator. With Issue 11, players who use an assault rifle, bow, broadswords, claws, villain claws, dual blades, a katana, a ninja blade, a mace, pulse rifle or dual pistols can change their weapons the same way they change their costume pieces. Using the weapons customization interface in the costume creation tool, players can select from a variety of weapons appropriate to their respective power sets.
â€œThe players have been craving features like this and we are happy that we are able to deliver on their desires,â€ Miller said. â€œThe NCsoft City of Heroes team is 100 percent dedicated to creating new adventures and continuing to build the game. This is the most successful comic-book based game on the market and we will work hard to keep it that way.â€
Issue 11 also includes new inventions sets including â€œvery rareâ€ purple sets, and a new invention set for taunt, buff and debuff powers.
To join in the comic-book themed adventures, players can purchase the City of Heroes â€œGood Versus Evil Editionâ€ game pack at retailers across Europe, which includes 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 Â£8.99 / â‚¬12.99.
For more information about City of Heroes, go to http://eu.cityofheroes.com .
About NCsoft Europe
NCsoft Europe (NCE) 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 successfully established itself in North America, Japan, Taiwan, China and Thailand and recently NCE announced its intentions to establish a development studio within Europe. NCE 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. NCE launched LineageÂ® II in November 2004, City of HeroesÂ® on 4th February 2005, Guild WarsÂ® on 28th April 2005, City of Villainsâ„¢ on 31st October 2005, Guild Wars Factionsâ„¢ on 28th April 2006, Guild Wars Nightfallâ„¢ on 27th October 2006, Guild Wars: Eye of the Northâ„¢ on 31st August 2007 and Richard Garriottâ€™s Tabula Rasa on 2nd November 2007. More information about NCsoft Europe can be found at http://eu.plaync.com.
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