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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, 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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