As of today, NCsoft has taken full control over the City of Heroes franchise by purchasing Cryptic Studios' share in the game's IP. We received a press release of the announcement, but there's also a news article up on the City of Heroes website about the deal. In addition to this, NCsoft is opening a new design studio in Northern California, becoming neighbors with Google in Mountain View.
Members of the team that worked on the game while it was under the co-banner of NCsoft and Cryptic will be joining the new design studio, including Matt Miller - Lead Designer of City of Heroes while at Cryptic Studios. NCsoft also put up an announcement on the City of Heroes website about a new age for CoH, where some of the future plans are talked about in detail.
Special Thanks to Our Players
Now back to you, the players. You are the lifeblood of our game. In celebration of our new studio and our exciting plans, and in order to thank you for the fantastic community that you have built, we are pleased to announce the following.
Full Access to City of Heroes and City of Villains®
All players with City of Heroes retail* accounts will now have access to City of Villains, and all City of Villains retail* accounts will now have access to City of Heroes. Players that didn't previously have access to "the other side" will find that they do now. Just log in to check it out!
After the launch of Issue 11: A Stitch in Time this Fall, we are removing Debt from all characters and giving you a fresh start. Actual date will be announced shortly. Have fun in the mean time.
Also after the launch of Issue 11, all Supergroups will receive an additional 20,000 Prestige per Supergroup member, meaning SGs could acquire up to 3 million Prestige based upon their Supergroup membership roster! Actual date will be announced shortly.
In the near future we will begin to share more information about our development plans. With this major reinvestment and effort ahead of us, we will take City of Heroes to new heights!
The City of Heroes Team
That's not everything going on over at NCsoft regarding the game, though. Brian Clayton, City of Heroes Executive Producer and the General Manager of NCsoft NorCal wrote about the acquisition on the Dev Corner.
It looks to be exciting times for City of Heroes fans. We'll keep you up-to-date on any developments regarding this acquisition and the game's future.