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Villains and Vehicles Unleashed At Games Market Europe

NCsoft to premiere City of Villains and unveil Auto Assault at European Trade Event in London

Thursday 11 August 2005/... Visitors to Games Market Europe will be able to feast their eyes on the first ever UK unveiling of the highly-anticipated title City of VillainsTM, the standalone sequel to critically acclaimed MMORPG City of Heroes®, as well as enjoy hands-on time with the fastest, most destructive MMOG ever - Auto Assault.

The NCsoft stand - Stand B40 - will not only display City of Villains and Auto Assault, but also the hugely successful Guild Wars®. Visitors will be able to get all the latest up-to-date news from the NCsoft team, with staff on hand to answer questions.

Games Market Europe, which is taking place at the London Business Design Centre on 31st August - 1st September, will be home to a wealth of exhibitors coming together under one roof to do business with retailers, distributors and press.

"Games Market Europe offers us the opportunity to showcase our products to both the trade and press while also doing business with prospective partners in a professional environment," says Dirk Metzger, marketing director, NCsoft Europe. "We believe that Games Market Europe is a useful event for the video games industry and are looking forward to taking part in its debut."

City of Villains is the standalone sequel to City of Heroes. Using a staggering assortment of new powers, abilities, and customization options, players can experience sinister game play from the other side of the mask. Heroes and authorities of Paragon City will do all in their power to thwart these evil plans of destruction. It will take a supreme effort for true domination.

Auto Assault is an action-based Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) that combines vehicular combat with role-playing elements. Players will explore a post-apocalyptic future in customisable cars, motorcycles, semis, and even tanks.

Guild Wars, which has topped the charts across Europe, is the highly addictive competitive role-playing game developed by ArenaNet. In the fantasy world of Guild Wars, players can engage in cooperative group combat, in single player adventures, or in large head-to-head guild battles. Guild Wars popularity is partly down to its amazing streaming technology which provide players with the latest updates while they're online.

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.

About ArenaNet

ArenaNet, located in Bellevue, Washington, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NCsoft and was founded by key members of the creative teams that developed the hit game series StarCraft, Warcraft, and Diablo as well as Battle.net. ArenaNet has built a state-of-the-art, interactive game network and is developing premier multiplayer online games for dedicated game players. More information about ArenaNet can be found at www.arena.net.

About NetDevil

NetDevil was founded in 1997 under the inspiration of JumpgateTM, the world's first massively multiplayer space simulator universe. NetDevil is an independent game development company dedicated to the construction of massively multiplayer universes. NetDevil is committed to creating immersive, interactive virtual worlds in unique settings outside the typical fantasy genre. For more information, please visit http://www.netdevil.com.

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.

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 are trademarks or registered trademarks of NCsoft Corporation and Cryptic Studios, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Deborah Coster / Helen Page

Barrington Harvey

Tel: UK +44 (0) 1462 456780

debi.coster@bhpr.co.uk / helen.page@bhpr.co.uk

Issued by: Barrington Harvey, Troopers Yard, Bancroft, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1JW

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