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NCsoft Europe Announces City Of Villains Beta Sign-Up

Friday 30 September 2005/... NCsoftTM Europe would like to invite players to sign up for the City of Villains® Beta as the final touches are made to Cryptic Studios'® hotly anticipated lawbreaking title. Set to arrive at the end of October, City of Villains is the companion and stand-alone sequel to the award-winning City of Heroes®.

"We're looking for megalomaniacs, masterminds and even genuine gamers to help us push the servers to capacity in this final run-up to launch," said Stephen Reid, Content and Community Manager, NCsoft Europe. "Plus, It's an excellent opportunity to see City of Villains early, and get in on the hero vs villain action."

City of Villains will provide players with a chance to play the "bad guy" in the comic-book inspired world created by Cryptic Studios. Take on the role of super-powered villains and create your own character using thousands of power and costume options. Then battle heroes and become a true menace to society while plotting your way to world domination.

To sign up for the Beta or read more information on City of Villains, point your browser at the official European web site:

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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.

NCsoft, the interlocking NC logo, and all associated NCsoft logos and designs are trademarks or registered trademarks of NCsoft Corporation. City of Heroes and City of Villains is a trademark of Cryptic Studios, Inc. and NCsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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