Thursday 23 June 2005/... NCsoftTM Europe today unveiled its exciting plans for the largest tournament that the City of Heroes community has ever seen. Taking place over several months and involving players from all over Europe, the Super Summer Slam Spectacular (S4) offers something for players of all persuasions.
S4 will take place over three separate stages. The initial stage (already underway but still very enterable) involves designing a set of costumes for a five-hero strong team to wear into battle. The costumes will be worn by the victorious players from the next stage, the Pentad Cup, which involves each server in Europe hosting a series of matches in Paragon City's PvP arenas. The third and final stage will be a thrilling Grand Final, fought amongst the winners from each server in a bid to win fantastic prizes and be crowned European Champions.
"For the first round of prizes we have already confirmed, amongst other things, first editions of the City of Heroes comic signed by the writer and artist, places in the City of Villains Beta, and exclusive high-quality prints of the winning costumes," says Stephen Reid, Content and Community Manager, NCsoft Europe. "Everyone playing City of Heroes in Europe is welcome to take part, and we're looking forward to seeing some great costumes - and some huge battles!"
Those who would like to enter S4 but are not currently playing City of Heroes will be pleased to find a free 14-day trial on various magazine coverdiscs available this very moment across Europe, including PC Gamer (UK), PC Jeux (France) and PC Games (Germany).
More information on City of Heroes and a comprehensive description of the competition can be found at the official European web site:
-e n d s-
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
Tel: UK +44 (0) 1462 456780
Issued by: Barrington Harvey, Troopers Yard, Bancroft, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1JW