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City of Heroes Issue 16 launches including power customization

NCsoft®, the premier publisher and developer of online computer games, and Paragon Studios™, home of the longest-running comic book inspired massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, City of Heroes®, today announced the launch of Issue 16: Power Spectrum.

The cornerstone of Issue 16: Power Spectrum is Powers Customisation, the most player-requested feature since the game’s launch. Powers Customisation and other features launched in its five-year history, including the revolutionary Mission Architect user-generated content system, make City of Heroes the most flexible and customisable MMO available today.

Powers Customisation enables players to customise the look of the powers their in-game hero and villain avatars use by allowing them to specify the colour and hues of the powers’ special effects. In addition, Issue 16: Power Spectrum reveals major refinements to the game’s lauded character creator to allow players unprecedented levels of personal customisation options in an easy to navigate interface. Other features in this update include more difficulty options, allowing players to tailor their combat experience for each play session; more power sets available to more archetypes and enhancements to the game’s Side-Kicking system, dubbed “Super Side-kicking,” which enables new players to fight alongside veteran players and hold their own.

“We are thrilled to be able to deliver yet another major player-requested feature with Power Spectrum,” said Matt Miller, Senior Lead Designer for the City of Heroes franchise. “We aim to build the most customizable game-play experience in any MMO for our players. Adding Powers Customisation to our genre-defining character creator, as well as user-generated content through Mission Architect, shows we are willing and able to give our players what they want.”

NCSoft has also released a new trailer outlining the features in Issue 16: Power Spectrum.

Issue 16: Power Spectrum is free to current City of Heroes subscribers and available now. For more information about City of Heroes, go to