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Europeans in Spandex Start Hitting Each Other in the Face

City Of Heroes’ Largest Ever Tournament is Underway

Monday 18 July 2005/... Over 80 teams from different countries all over Europe are fighting in the largest tournament that the City of Heroes community has ever seen. NCsoftTM Europe is pleased to announce that the first ever Super Summer Slam Spectacular (S4) has started, as teams compete for some very exclusive prizes and, of course, international prestige.

The first combative stage, entitled the Pentad Cup, is currently being fought across two weight divisions on four servers, with both low and high level players slugging it out. Over the next two months the 84 teams entered will be whittled down to eight, who will face each other in the Grand Finals to determine the champions of Europe!

Each Grand Final team will also be sporting costumes designed by the winners of the Super Summer Slam Spectacular Costume Competition, the first stage of the event. Prizes for S4 range from framed artwork and unique engraved medals, to iPod minis and City of Villains Beta accounts.

Stephen Reid, Content and Community Manager, NCsoft Europe said: "The response to S4 has been excellent. Teams from all over Europe have entered but there can only be one winner in each weight division, and we're looking forward to seeing which team - and which server - will ultimately be proclaimed as European Champions."

More information on City of Heroes and a comprehensive description of S4 can be found 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 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.

EDITORS' NOTES - For further information please contact in the first instance:

Deborah Coster / Leo Tan

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