City of Heroes Getting 'Ultra Mode' Graphics in April

A visual update to NCsoft's 2004 PC MMO City of Heroes will be available when the game's "Issue 17 - Dark Mirror" update arrives in April, the publisher has announced. nope

Dubbed "Ultra Mode," the optional enhancements are said to deliver "a superior graphics rendering process...that will give City of Heroes a new look and feel with a heightened level of detail in lighting, reflections, shadows and water effects."

Other tweaks coming in Issue 17--"the last major update to City of Heroes before the highly anticipated Going Rogue expansion," says NCsoft--are as follows:

  • New badges, new missions and new player emotes
  • Epic Archetypes now available at level 20
  • Improvements and additions to Mission Architect
  • Enhancements to UI and game systems
  • And dozens more

It was also noted that those who pre-order the upcoming $29.99 "Going Rogue" expansion will get early access to two power sets--"the Dual Pistols power set" beginning March 2, and "the Demon Summoning power set" at some point in April.

Meanwhile, a forthcoming $39.99 retail release that bundles City of Heroes, City of Villains and City of Heroes: Going Rogue will likewise offer some bonus goodies:

  • Alpha- and Omega-themed auras
  • Alpha and Omega themed costumed sets
  • Four stance emotes
  • The Shadowy Presence invisibility power

Initially developed by Cryptic Studios, City of Heroes is now entirely in the hands of publisher NCsoft, with the now Atari-owned Cryptic having recently released both a new super-powered MMO (Champions Online) and Star Trek Online.