Well at the beginning of the September, Gaming company NCsoft announced that due to a “realignment of company focus and publishing support” they will be closing Paragon Studios. Paragon is the studio that is solely responsible for the Super Hero MMO. The studio released this statement on their website.
“Farewell, from all of us at Paragon Studios
This morning we announced that Paragon Studios will be taking to the skies of City of Heroes for the last time.
In a realignment of company focus and publishing support, NCsoft has made the decision to close Paragon Studios. Effective immediately, all development on City of Heroes will cease and we will begin preparations to sunset the world’s first, and best, Super Hero MMORPG before the end of the year. As part of this, all recurring subscription billing and Paragon Market purchasing will be discontinued effective immediately. We will have more information regarding a detailed timeline for the cessation of services and what you can expect in game in the coming weeks.
The team here at Paragon deserves special praise for all that we have accomplished over the last 5+ years. These developers are some of the most creative and talented people in the gaming industry. By now, we’ve all been given this news internally, but to anyone who may be reading this message after the fact; know that your hard work and dedication has not gone unappreciated or unnoticed. To any potential studios looking to grow your team; hire these people. You won’t regret it.
To our Community,
Thank you. Thank you for your years of support. You’ve been with us every step of the way, sharing in our challenges, encouraging us to make City of Heroes better, more than everyone else thought it could be. We couldn’t have come this far without you. I implore you all, focus on the good things of CoH and Paragon Studios. Don’t dwell on the “how” or the “why”, but rather join us in celebrating the legacy of an amazing partnership between the players and the development team.
Thank you, and I’ll see you in the skies, one last time.
However, this does not mean that the users will go down with out a fight. Over the weekend hundreds of nerds took to the game with their respective characters and staged an in game rally and sit on the steps of the games city hall. The rally got so huge that there was at least 30 instances of the city hall full of rallies meaning there were about 2500 people across the server farms and it was enough to threaten a server crash. No word as to whether or not the servers crashed but the message was sent.
I spent some time running around the city and saving innocent bystanders from the grasp of evil and all I have to say is that it is no W.O.W. having played a couple of of NCsoft’s games I can’t say that they were enough to keep me around, but then again to each their own.