NCsoft Launches City of Heroes Issue 13: Power and Responsibility

December 3, 2008


NCsoft, the world’s premier
publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) today
announced the next free update to its highly successful comic-book inspired MMO,
City of Heroes®. The release of Issue 13: Power and Responsibility introduces
several innovative features to the MMO genre. Macintosh players won’t be left
out as open beta testing for the new Mac version of City of Heroes is just
around the corner.

Issue 13: Power and Responsibility
unveils some pioneering features to the MMO genre. Multiple builds is a
character customisation option and delivers the ability to have two different
build-outs for each character. This offers enormous flexibility for players who
can now switch back and forth between their two character builds, depending upon
the task ahead of them, by visiting contacts in game.

Pact leveling is a new innovation
for MMOs. This system allows two friends to enter their characters into a pact
before level five, and have their XP permanently in sync, regardless of how much
each character is online. This way when they play together they will always be
the same level. It’s similar in concept to City of Heroes’ already popular
Sidekick feature which allows players on different levels to play together.

Also City of Heroes’ new Day Job
feature offers a way for players to progress their characters in the game even
when they are logged out. In addition to providing an XP rest bonus to all
characters, specific Day Jobs are determined by where you log out of the game.
There’s an associated Day Job at many key locations in Paragon City™ or the
Rogue Isles™. Once characters have accumulated the required amount of time for
each Day Job, they are rewarded with the appropriate Day Job Badge, increasing
their “earnings” for that job. Multiple Badges can be combined to unlock
Accolades and the ability to accumulate additional new rewards.

Other features released in Issue 13
include the new Shields and Pain Domination Power Sets, new Cimerora mission
content, the Merit Rewards System, Villains Patron Power Respec, Supergroup Base
Repricing, and player versus player (PvP) powers rebalancing, paving the way for
new PvP features to come.

“We are proud of the innovations
that are going into Issue 13,” said Senior Lead Designer Matt Miller.
“Ultimately our goal was to give players more interesting ways to play the game
and more ways to play together with friends. Issue 13’s new content, systems,
and quality of life improvements should do just that.”

Players can apply for the upcoming
Mac Open Beta by visiting

The City of Heroes Mac Special
Edition digital product will be sold at the PlayNC store. The City of Heroes
“Good Versus Evil Edition” PC game pack may be purchased at retailers across
Europe or through digital download at the PlayNC Store. Both products include
the complete City of Heroes and City of Villains® games, as well as a set of
exclusive bonus items. Customers receive the first month of play free and both
games can be played for the single monthly subscription price of ç12.99 / 8.99

City of Heroes is rated "16+". For
more information about City of Heroes go to