City of Heroes Issue 13 hits today

by: Chuck -
NC Soft has launched the latest free add on for City of Heroes today.  The Power and Responsibility pack adds in secret identities, new build out options, and a mac beta in addition to a host of other changes and improvements.  The other cool feature is the Pact leveling which allows you and a buddy to stay at the same level no matter what happens.  If you want more information on the new features and tweaks check out my interview with Matt "Positron" Miller.
NCsoft Launches City of Heroes Issue 13: Power and Responsibility
Innovative features include pact-leveling and multi-builds; open beta testing for City of Heroes Mac coming soon

SEATTLE, Dec. 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 customization 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 of the game. 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 http://www.cityofheroes.com/macbeta.

The City of Heroes Mac Special Edition digital product will be sold at the PlayNC store and at GameTreeOnline. The City of Heroes "Good Versus Evil Edition" PC game pack may be purchased at retailers across North America 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 $14.99.

City of Heroes is rated "T" for Teen. For more information about City of Heroes go to http://www.cityofheroes.com.

About NCsoft
NCsoft, headquartered in Seoul, Korea, is the world's premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games, including the critically acclaimed Lineage®, Guild Wars® and City of Heroes® franchises. NCsoft West is a division of NCsoft which holds operating responsibilities for North America, Europe, South America and Australia/New Zealand. More information can be found at http://www.PlayNC.com.
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