The latest issue of City of Heroes, Alpha Strike, was released today by NCsoft. Issue #19 includes two new task forces from familiar faces in the City of Heroes universe. Apex has joined the Vanguard and is looking to help organize your team in preparation for stopping the Praetorian assault. Meanwhile, the lost hero Tin Mage has returned to help coordinate an assault on Praetoria itself.
In addition to this, issue #19 also includes two free customizable auras for players. Fireflies surrounds your character with glowing, tintable fireflies, while Snow will help to get you in the winter spirit by showering you with snow.
New Praetoria zone events have been added for Resistance and Loyalist characters, too. The Protest, Syndicate Takedown and The Great Escape are all available to anyone looking to participate in live events in Praetoria.
Finally, Fitness Pool powers have been made inherent, meaning your character will automatically gain the Swift, Hurdle, Health and Stamina powers beginning at level 2. This will be in effect for current and future characters, though existing characters will need to respec
There are more updates included in Alpha Strike, so make sure to head over and check out the patch notes here.