North American Retailers to Offer Variety of Exclusive Items to Those who Pre-Order Highly Anticipated Online Games
AUSTIN, Texas, February 10, 2004-
NCsoft? Corporation (KSE: 036570.KS), the world’s leading developer and publisher of online computer games announces the beginning of its pre-order retail box campaign for Lineage? II: The Chaotic Chronicle and City of Heroes? in North America. The boxes will begin to appear on store shelves this week at computer game retail outlets throughout the United States and Canada. Both games are expected to launch commercially this spring.
Lineage II is the visually-stunning prequel to the world’s most popular online game, Lineage. Group with friends, tame powerful dragons, participate in epic struggles and lay siege to majestic castles in this massive medieval fantasy world created with Epic’s Unreal? engine.
In City of Heroes, players realize their comic book dreams in this online role-playing game that’s home to an entire universe of super-powered heroes and villains. Developed by San Jose-based Cryptic Studios?, players will be able to create their own heroes, choose from a variety of superpowers and battle the evil that lurks within Paragon City.
Those who pre-order the games will receive special items only available in the pre-sale boxes. Items will vary between retail locations.
Lineage II: Each box will come with a set of four collectible trading cards depicting a different character class in the game and the Lineage II soundtrack CD from award-winning film and theatrical composer, Bill Brown. Additionally, purchasers will be eligible to participate in the upcoming Lineage II beta test. More information about the Lineage II pre-sale campaign can be found at http://www.lineage2.com.
City of Heroes: 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 comic book. All purchasers will be eligible to participate in the City of Heroes beta test. More information about the City of Heroes pre-sale campaign can be found at http://www.cityofheroes.com.
About NCsoft Corporation
Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, NCsoft Corp. (Korean Stock Exchange: 036570.KS) is the world’s leading developer and publisher of online games. Founded in 1997, NCsoft is home to Lineage, the world’s most successful online role playing game. NCsoft has joint venture offices located in Japan, Taiwan, and China. In fiscal year 2002, NCsoft posted revenues of KRW154.8 billion or approximately US$123.3 million. More information about NCsoft can be found at http://www.PlayNC.com.
About Cryptic Studios
Cryptic Studios, Inc., located in San Jose, California, was established in July of 2000 and is an independent developer of massively multiplayer online games for the PC and next generation consoles. Its first game, City of Heroes, is currently in development and will launch a virtual world where thousands of people play simultaneously, take on the role of superheroes, fight villains and help create a dynamic story in a visually-stunning, 3-D graphical world.
NCsoft is a trademark of NCsoft Corp and Lineage is a trademark of NC Interactive. Cryptic Studios and City of Heroes are trademarks of Cryptic Studios, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.