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Forest Of Dread Found In City Of Heroes

The Fifth Free Update For NCsoft’s Popular Heroic MMO Is Coming

Monday 4 July 2005/... City of HeroesTM fans have more reasons to cheer this summer, as NCsoftTM Europe announces the latest extensive update to the award-winning heroic MMO game. Issue #5: Forest of Dread will become available at no extra cost to existing subscribers in August 2005.

Issue #5 features a thrilling new Zone for heroes to explore - the mystical Croatoa, which is populated by monstrous new villains such as the giant Fir Bolg and the legendary Tuatha de Dannan. A new epic Task Force is also available in Croatoa for heroes to complete.

Two exciting new power sets are also being debuted with Issue #5: Archery and Sonics, available to Defenders, Blasters and Controllers. New Zone Events will test heroes to the limit, asking them to stop arson attacks and break up an out-of-control superpowered rave. All this, as well as new mission customizations and brand new badges, ensures City of Heroes will be more enticing than ever with Issue #5.

"With our first Super Summer Slam Spectacular well underway, this is shaping up as a great summer for City of Heroes players," says Stephen Reid, Content and Community Manager, NCsoft Europe. "With regular activities and events, and new content appearing on a regular basis, City of Heroes provides for its devoted community like few other games."

More information on City of Heroes and the forthcoming update can be found at the official European web site:

http://eu.cityofheroes.com/

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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.

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