NCsoft Launches New, Free City of Heroes Expansion

NCsoft releases City of Heroes
free expansion, Issue 5: Forest of Dread

Update adds new zone and archery
and sonic power sets

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 1, 2005—NCsoft®
North America has released Issue 5: Forest of Dread, the latest free expansion
for City of Heroes®, the hit massively multiplayer online PC game developed by
Cryptic Studios™. Issue 5 features the addition of Paragon City’s™ 21st zone,
new malevolent villains and several sets of new super powers including archery
skills and sonic powers. The new expansion is available free via automatic
download to all current City of Heroes subscribers.

Issue 5’s new zone, Croatoa is a
resort community north of Paragon City where several new villain groups are
clashing, requiring the intervention of super-powered heroes to stop the
carnage. Villain groups running rampant in Croatoa include the Cabal, a coven of
witches, and the Red Caps, an evil gang of goblins who are in a bitter struggle
with the Cabal for control of the zone. Also stalking Croatoa are the monstrous
Tuatha de Dannan and the Fir Bolg, which are easily identified by their fiery
pumpkin heads. The Croatoa zone is meant to challenge players from levels 24 to
35.

Issue 5 also introduces
highly-anticipated new power sets: archery and sonic. These consist of ranged
archery powers for defenders and blasters; trick arrows for defenders and
controllers, sonic blast powers for blasters and defenders, and sonic debuffs
for defenders and controllers.

“Archery and sonic powers are
classic comic book powers and I am excited that we are able to give our players
more ways to subdue criminals,” said Jack Emmert, lead designer of City of
Heroes and creative director of Cryptic Studios. “The new Croatoa zone will also
provide exciting adventures and storylines that will challenge any hero
venturing into the area. But that is our goal, to continually provide new,
interesting content free to our players so they can find action and challenge
around every corner.”

Additionally, Issue 5 brings new
zone events to Paragon City, including the Hellion Arson event, in which Hellion
gangs torch buildings in Paragon City. It is the job of heroes to douse the
flames and bring the arsonists to justice. Also, at the Troll Rave event, Troll
mobs hopped up on an overdose of Superadine transform into “super trolls” then
run amok, endangering the surrounding populace.

The new expansion also includes a
change in the debt systems incurred when a player is defeated. Players who
haven’t yet reached level 10 will no longer receive debt when defeated, and
players, regardless of level, will only incur half debt if they are defeated
while in a mission.

For more information about the City
of Heroes Issue 5, go to
www.cityofheroes.com