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'City Of Heroes' Online Beta Moves Into High Gear

by Rainier on March 22, 2004 @ 9:41 a.m. PST

NCsoft Corporation has updated beta testing plans for its highly anticipated online computer game, City of Heroes created by San Jose-based, Cryptic Studios. For the next two-and-a-half weeks, NCsoft will be inviting customers who have purchased the City of Heroes pre-order box into the beta test. All customers who have registered their pre-order box accounts will be included in the beta by April 7, 2004.

"We want to make sure that people understand that purchasing the pre-order box at retailers around the country and in Canada guarantees entry into the open beta," said Michael Lewis, president of Cryptic Studios. "Customers will get a chance to try City of Heroes and pick up a bonus in-game power that is exclusive to the pre-order product."

Each package will come with a special in-game ?prestige power? unique to each retail version of the pre-sale box. Only people who pre-order the game will receive access to one of these powers. Each box also comes with a digital version of the limited-edition City of Heroes preview comic book.

City of Heroes is the first massively multiplayer online game featuring a modern, comic book-inspired setting. The game takes place in a virtual world where players create their own super-powered heroes and fight crime in the sprawling, villain-filled metropolis of Paragon City.

For more information on City of Heroes, fans can visit the newly designed City of Heroes website, http://www.cityofheroes.com. The new site offers countless pages of information about the game including screenshots, background on the heroes and villains who live in Paragon City and details on the soon-to-be-released City of Heroes comic book which will be available soon to subscribers of the game and at comic book stores.

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