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NCsoft And Future Team Up For Unique Guild Wars Trial Promotion

Exclusive trials for Guild Wars Prophecies, Factions and Nightfall to appear simultaneously across Future's PC gaming magazines

Friday 18th May/...Leading online games publisher NCsoft® Europe has joined forces with Future, the leading publisher of games magazines and websites, for a unique and exclusive cover disc promotion that's set to blow online role-playing game fans away. For the first time anywhere in the world, NCsoft is simultaneously offering trial versions of all three of its Guild Wars® online role-playing titles, with a different trial appearing on each of Future's three leading PC games magazines.

Each of the 14 day trials* - consisting of Guild Wars Prophecies on PC Gamer, Guild Wars Factions on PC Format and Guild Wars Nightfall on PC Zone - give gamers the chance to dive into the phenomenally popular world of Guild Wars for themselves, becoming embroiled in fantastical adventures, daring treasure hunts and fiercely competitive player-vs.-player combat.

Guild Wars Prophecies launched in April 2005 to both critical and commercial acclaim and, together with its two subsequent sequel campaigns, Factions and Nightfall, quickly became established as one of the most successful online role-playing games of all time. Each of the Guild Wars campaigns is a separate game in itself, with its own storyline, characters, objectives and player abilities and all boast a completely free-to-play subscription model.

"We're delighted to be working with Future Publishing on such an amazing promotional campaign," said David Blundell, NCsoft European PR Manager. "Each of the Guild Wars games offers a unique and thrilling experience for the player. By offering all three trials at the same time we're giving gamers the perfect opportunity to sample everything the Guild Wars series has to show. And with Guild Wars: Eye of the North, the eagerly anticipated official expansion pack, available this Autumn, there's never been a better time to start playing this amazing online role-playing game."

James Binns, Publishing Director at Future added: "To run a promotion across three different magazines in this manner is unprecedented. It shows the unique, joined up approach that only Future can offer and, based on NRS Extra data will deliver a reach of over 1.2m gamers. We're extremely excited to be working with NCsoft on an incredible collaboration between the world's greatest PC gaming magazines and one of the most popular online gaming franchises."

The first of the three trials, complete with activation codes, kick off with Guild Wars Nightfall on the new issue of PC Zone, out 24th May, followed by Prophecies and Factions, which will appear on the new issues of PC Gamer and PC Format, both out 7th June.

- Guild Wars trials are limited to 14 days / 10 hours play time, which ever expires first. Trials can be used once per campaign on the same account and are not for individual sale.

About ArenaNet

ArenaNet, located in Bellevue, Washington, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NCsoft Corporation. ArenaNet has built a state-of-the-art interactive game network and develops premier multiplayer online games for dedicated game players. ArenaNet's titles, Guild Wars, Guild Wars Factions, and Guild Wars Nightfall are global online role-playing games that allow gamers to play with anyone, anytime, and anywhere in the world. More information about ArenaNet can be found at www.arena.net.

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 Heroes® on 4th February 2005, Guild Wars on 28th April 2005, City of Villains® on 31st October 2005, Auto Assault® on 13th April 2006, Guild Wars Factions on 28th April 2006 and Guild Wars Nightfall on 27th October 2006. More information about NCsoft Europe can be found at http://eu.plaync.com.

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About Future

Future plc is an international special-interest media group with offices in the UK, US and France. Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today it creates over 180 special-interest publications, websites and events, with strong portfolios in the technology, games, music, automotive and sports sectors. Over 130 international editions of Future's magazines are published under licence by publishing partners in 30 other countries around the world. Future employs around 1,450 people worldwide. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR).

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