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City of Heroes' Incarnate Trials: two weeks later

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City of Heroes launched the game's first series of large-scale raids, called Incarnate Trials, just two weeks ago. We sat down with Nate Birkholz, City of Heroes' Lead Producer at Paragon Studios to talk about what the dev team has learned so far, what's worked well and what hasn't, and how the players have responded to the new addition.

Issue 20 launches, brings raiding endgame to City of Heroes

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City of Heroes has been the patron saint of Superhero sim fans for the last seven years, providing them a safe haven to create new heroes or villains , develop elaborate backstories and experience the life of a masked crusader (for good or evil) in a mature environment since 2004. Cryptic (the original developers) and Paragon (currently in charge) have injected a lot of content into the game in the past seven years, but one thing that neither developer added to the game, before today, was raids. With today's big expansion, Issue 20, Paragon introduces the endgame staple of MMORPGs to CoH, with a few unique twists to make their own stand out.

City of Heroes Animal Pack Giveaway

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Capes and masks are overrated. Too few superheroes and villains sport giant horns, flowing manes or blood-encrusted hoofs capable of smashing skulls. The animal kingdom is a terrifying place (don't believe me? Just imagine how many deadly spiders have crawled across your sleeping body at night), and it's about to be unleashed in City of Heroes, via the latest Animal Pack.

Contest: The pack is released tomorrow, and we'll be giving away 20 copies as soon as it launches--read on to find out how you can win!

City of Heroes gets invasion in Issue 19: Alpha Strike

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The Praetorian invasion has kicked off in City of Heroes with the arrival of Issue 19: Alpha Strike. The free update will add a series of new missions for level 20 players, as well as new animations for many superpowers and free respec tokens for everyone. Read on for more details.

City of Heroes: Going Rogue review

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Do you require assistance, Cad the Magnificent?” These are the first words spoken to my hero upon arrival in Praetoria, the shiny new zone provided by City of Heroes’ latest expansion, Going Rogue. Cad the Magnificent does not require assistance. He requires only a quest marker and a dozen identical mobs, preferably guarding a series of suspiciously identical facilities in which he can unleash a series of tempestuous new abilities. He’s in the right place.

What are devs doing on Going Rogue launch day?

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City of Heroes' latest expansion finally launches today! We've been talking with the developers over the past couple months to get the inside scoop on how they put the expansion together and and giving you a look into their processes. They've been working like crazy to get to this day, when players can finally play all their new content. So how are they feeling now? What are they going to do first in the game? And which of them are dastardly villains in disguise? We check in with them to find out all this and more!

Giveaway: We're giving away 10 mutant booster pack codes to CoH fans that tell us an anecdote from their time spent playing GR so far or what they're doing first when they get to play the GR expansion. The codes require that you have an existing account and winners will be picked tomorrow.

Dev Diary: City of Heroes' Mutant Pack

Josh Augustine at routinely features Developer Diaries: tales of what goes on behind-the-scenes in the development studios making your favorite games. This Dev Diary is titled "The Making Of: Super Booster V: Mutation" and was written by David Nakayama, City of Heroes' Art Lead and Floyd Grubb, Sr. Powers Designer.

We're celebrating the launch of the Mutant Pack by giving away 10 copies to our readers! Tell us who your favorite super mutant is and why in the comments and we'll send codes to our favorite ones today. Anyone that doesn't win can purchase the pack here.

UPDATE: Winners announced in the comments below! Thanks to everyone that participated.