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Thursday 18 August 2005/... NCsoftTM Europe can today announce the results of Europe's largest ever City of Heroes costume design competition. The four winning outfits have been chosen, and now over 80 teams from all over Europe are fighting for the chance to wear those outfits in the Grand Finals of Super Summer Slam Spectacular (S4), Europe's enormous City of Heroes tournament. To see all the competing outfits and find out more details on this exciting competition, point your browser towards

Places in the Grand Finals are being fiercely contested in the initial combative stage, entitled the Pentad Cup. Over the past few weeks the 84 competing teams have fought in titanic battles, and within the next month the teams for the Grand Finals will be determined. Each of the four European server's winning teams will then don their respective winning costumes, to battle it out in the Grand Finals for the chance to call themselves champions of Europe. Prizes for the winners of Super Summer Slam Spectacular range from framed artwork and unique engraved medals, to iPod minis and City of Villains Beta accounts.

Stephen Reid, Content and Community Manager at NCsoft Europe, said: "We had an excellent response to our call for costumes - the community came up with some fantastic designs. It was tough to choose our finalists, but the community had the final vote. Now all that remains is for our heroes to hit battle it out for the right to call themselves European champions!"

More information on City of Heroes and a comprehensive description of S4 can be found at the official European web site:

PICTURE CAPTION: (from left to right) The ultimate winners from each of the City Of Heroes European servers - Union (English speaking server 1), Zukunft (German-speaking server), Vigilance (French-speaking server), Defiant (English speaking server 2).

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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 Lineage® II in November 2004, City of HeroesTM on 4th February 2005 and Guild Wars® on 28th April 2005. More information about NCsoft Europe can be found at

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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