It’s been almost two years since the launch of City of Heroes: Going Rogue. The storyline that began with that expansion has continued to evolve since that time and this week it all comes to a head. Issue 23: Where Shadows Lie goes live today and serves as the final chapter in the Praetorian War. Thus far the storyline has claimed the lives of two of the game’s main heroes, the Statesman and Sister Psyche. Now players both heroes and villains alike will have to rally to fend off Emperor Cole’s attempts to shatter the dimensions.

Issue 23: Where Shadows Lie comes with the new level 30-35 Night Ward zone, the Magisterium Incarnate Trial, additional free player and VIP benefits and more. Check out the official patch notes for all the latest content.

City of Heroes Issue 23: Where Shadows Lie Launches Today

The next free update to City of Heroes Freedom,
Issue 23:Where Shadows Lie,
is the blockbuster finale to a world-changing storyline

SEATTLE, WA – May 31, 2012 – NCsoft® and Paragon Studios® are pleased to announce the launch of City of Heroes Issue 23: Where Shadows Lie. In a storyline that began with the launch of Going Rogue, Issue 23: Where Shadows Lie sees the culmination of two years' worth of storytelling as it heads to its epic conclusion.

As the final chapter of the Praetorian War begins, the Heroes and Villains of Paragon City must rally to halt the madness of Emperor Cole before his nefarious plans rend the dimensions asunder. Still reeling from the deaths of Statesman and Sister Psyche, heroes and villains must now harden their resolve and fight to stop Emperor Cole from shattering the dimensions. Issue 23: Where Shadows Lie launches with a heroic amount of new content and upgrades, as well as the thrilling conclusion to the Praetorian War.

Please see below for a sample of the amazing game updates coming in Issue 23: Where Shadows Lie:

  • New Zone: Night Ward – Dark forces hide in Night Ward, threatening to destroy the cosmos. Night Ward is a Level 30-35 co-op zone where characters encounter strange magical allies and foes while powerful arch-villain Shadowhunter prowls the realm with his deadly army of beasts.
  • The Magisterium Incarnate Trial – The inter-dimensional Praetorian War against Emperor Cole comes to a stirring conclusion in the new Magisterium Incarnate Trial. Emperor's Cole's lieutenants and strongholds have all been defeated and captured. Now heroes and villains will use knowledge gained in taking down Diabolique in an epic showdown against the Well's Champion to determine the fate of two worlds!
  • Improved Free Player Chat and Grouping – Now all players (VIP, premium, and free) can join a new serverwide chat channel that allows them to communicate freely with each other. In addition, the new Interdimensional Tunnel System makes getting from one world to another quick and easy.
  • New VIP Content and Benefits – VIPs can enjoy the latest Signature Story Arc Series 2: Pandora's Box - Both Heroes and Villains are being supercharged with new uncontrollable powers. Heroes team up with the remnants of the Freedom Phalanx to discover the secret menace behind the chaos, while Villains lay the groundwork for a new organization to rival the power of Arachnos.
  • New Incarnate Powers – Level 50 VIP players can now unlock the Hybrid Incarnate Tree, which grants them new powers based on the core Archetypes in City of Heroes®. Choose a style that shores up a weakness, or one that further strengthens existing abilities.
  • New Mecha Armor Tier 9 Costume Set – The Mecha Armor Costume Set can turn players into the sleek giant robot or high-tech warrior they've always dreamed of. This latest Costume Set is available only to VIP players who have unlocked the top tier of the Paragon Rewards program.

For more information on Issue 23: Where Shadows Lie and the complete details of all content included in this latest free update, please visit

About Paragon

Paragon Studios is a wholly owned development studio of NCsoft West and is dedicated to the growth of the City of Heroes franchise. Located in Mountain View, California, the team at Paragon Studios brings the world of comic books alive in a massively multiplayer 3D online universe. For more about Paragon Studios, visit For more information about City of Heroes, go to

About NCsoft

NCsoft, headquartered in Seoul, Korea, is the world's premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games, including the critically acclaimed Aion®, Lineage®, Guild Wars, and City of Heroes® franchises. NCsoft West is a division of NCsoft that holds operating responsibilities for North America, Europe, South America, and Australia/New Zealand. More information can be found at

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