NCsoft’s City of Heroes Innovators Reborn as Paragon Studios

April 14, 2009

NCSOFT’S CITY OF HEROES
INNOVATORS REBORN AS PARAGON STUDIOS

Pioneer in Comic Book MMO Genre
Renamed; Marked by Release of City of Heroes: Architect Edition Retail Pack

NCsoft®, the world’s premier
publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) today is
proud to announce the official unveiling of Paragon Studios™. Based in Mountain
View, CA, Paragon Studios, formerly known as NCsoft NorCal, will continue its
ongoing commitment to further develop and innovate the critically acclaimed City
of Heroes® franchise and other MMO games. As the studios’ inaugural release,
Paragon Studios and NCsoft today also announced City of Heroes: Architect
Edition, its first “hybrid” retail pack for both PC and Macintosh that includes
all content updates, including the recently released Issue 14: Architect. The
Architect Edition, available in North America, will allow users – for the first
time ever in MMO history – to fully customize and share missions, characters,
and story arcs, giving players an unparalleled level of flexibility to craft and
share unique experiences.

“The renaming of our studio to
Paragon Studios represents our devotion to the present and future of the City of
Heroes series,” said Brian Clayton, general manager of Paragon Studios and
executive producer for the City of Heroes franchise. “As pioneers in the comic
book-inspired MMO genre, together with our esteemed veteran development team, it
is our mission to continually strive for innovation, solidify the strength of
our brand, and continue providing high quality experiences for City of Heroes
and any future projects that come from Paragon Studios.”

As the leader in critically
acclaimed and highly successful MMO games, NCsoft, together with the
accomplished development team of City of Heroes, formed the Northern
California-based studio in Fall 2007 to focus on improving and furthering the
series. Since then, the studio has greatly expanded the game’s content and
offerings, including its support of the game from an initial staff of 20, to a
staff of over 50 people.

The recently launched City of Heroes
Mission Architect system offers a truly customizable gaming experience unlike
any other in any MMO. Players can create their own original missions using
thousands of existing assets from the game, and personalize their stories by
building unique characters and enemy groups using City of Heroes’ highly
regarded Character Creator system. The innovative system offers flexibility in
dynamic story telling by allowing players to write custom dialogue for their
missions, and publish up to three story arcs per account. Each user-created
story containing up to five missions and up to twenty-five individual objectives
will be searchable via drop-down lists and key word search in the Mission
Architect system.

The Mission Architect system allows
players to share and search the content they upload, and play and rate each
other’s story arcs as well. The highest rated and most played missions will be
prominently displayed as “Hall of Fame” missions, earning the creators in-game
rewards for creating excellent content. Additionally, the best of these
submitted story arcs will be hand chosen by the City of Heroes development team
and deemed as “Developer’s Choice” missions. Receiving either of these
prestigious designations will reward the author with an additional slot to
create even more quality custom stories.

“Investments in building upon truly
unique experiences are critical for the ever-expanding MMO audience,” said Matt
Miller, lead designer of Paragon Studios. “Since the City of Heroes development
team joined NCsoft in 2007, we have been able to unleash new concepts and push
the boundaries for our users. Our development model strives to consistently
challenge our development teams in new ways of thinking, and has already proven
successful, most notably featured in the Mission Architect system in Issue 14:
Architect.”

City of Heroes: Architect Edition is
rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB. For more information about Paragon Studios,
please go to:
http://www.paragon-studios.net
.  For more information about City of
Heroes: Architect Edition go to

http://www.cityofheroes.com