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.