NCsoft trademarks City of Heroes 2

NCsoft is working on a sequel to their City of Heroes MMO, trademark filings dug up by Superannuation suggest. Filed on the first of the month, “City of Heroes 2” leaves little room for interpretation.

The first game, released in 2004, was greeted by mostly positive reviews and has received over a dozen expansions since.

If the follow-up is indeed in development, which it probably is — NCsoft Europe CEO Geoff Heath stated in early 2008 that there are plans for a “new release” “in the next couple of years” — it’s likely being handled by the NCsoft-owned Paragon Studios, the fellows that have been taking care of the first title ever since NCsoft picked up the rights to both City of Heroes and City of Villains in late 2007.

And don’t be surprised if it surfaces as an Unreal Engine 3-powered title; NCsoft announced in 2008 that it had licensed the engine for two unnamed “top tier” MMOs.