City of Heroes: Issue 12 released

Major changes arrive, click for a free trial.

The latest free content update to NCsoft's superhero MMO, City of Heroes/City of Villains, is now live on all servers.

Issue 12: Midnight Hour presents a new storyline and zone, new villain character classes, a new Task Force mission, new powers for all classes, the option to buy character slots, revamps of existing content, and a host of user interface and option improvements. Hats off to NCsoft: that's a very impressive feature list for a free patch.

If any of this tempts you to try the game again - or indeed for the first time - we've teamed up with NCsoft to offer 2000 free 14-day trials of City of Heroes. Head over to the giveaway page to grab one.

Issue 12 introduces the Midnight Squad story arc: the Squad is a faction that asks heroes and villains to time-travel to the ancient Roman style zone of Cimerora. The two new villain classes are both 'epic archetypes': Arachnos Solider and Arachnos Widow.

The Hollows zone has been revamped, a Task Force mission - Time's Arrow - for level 35-50 players has been added, and every class gets a couple of new powers (one primary and one secondary, for the most part). Interface improvements are far too many to list, but include a player-rating option.

We can't pretend to know what half of this means, but we've hired someone who does to play it and report back, so look out for a City of Heroes re-review on Eurogamer MMO soon.

In the meantime, check out the official patch notes, and don't forget to sign up for a free trial.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.

Jump to comments (3)

About the author

Oli Welsh

Oli Welsh


Oli is the editor of and likes to take things one word at a time. His friends call him The European, but that's just a coincidence. He's still playing Diablo 3.


Digital FoundryNvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super review: evolution, not revolution

More cores, more frequency and improved RAM - but just how much faster is it overall?

FeatureThe six-year story of GTA Online's long-vacant casino

The most-requested, most-rumoured location in GTA5 finally opens its doors today. What took so long?

Nintendo faces Switch Joy-Con drift class action lawsuit

UPDATE: "We take great pride in creating quality products," company responds.

Digital FoundryAMD Ryzen 7 3700X review: can gaming performance compete with Intel?

Team Red's best value eight-core chip takes on the Core i7 9700K.

You may also enjoy...

Comments (3)

Comments for this article are now closed. Thanks for taking part!

Hide low-scoring comments