City of Heroes/Villains to shut down in November, Paragon Studios to close

City of Heroes

By on September 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Over the weekend, I was dealt the devastating news that City of Heroes, my first MMO and my dearest love, would be shutting down before the end of the year. Paragon Studios, who are managing the title, had this to say: “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.”

Despite a shift to the free-to-play model last year, it seems like City of Heroes has no future in NCSoft’s catalogue. As a long-time lover of this sometimes boring but mostly brilliant game, I’d like to encourage us all to have a minute of silence.

Source: City of Heroes

7 comments (Leave your own)

Say it isn’t so… :O

(that said It’s been aaages since I last played it, it’s just a little bit of a…shock…)

 
James Pinnell

I think they moved to F2P far, far too late, and didn’t publicize the move fast enough.

They also didn’t bother to upgrade the engine for the game, release enough new content or features to entice new players.

 

Good game, my max level Mastr Mind will be missed, him and his dancing robots.

 

Damn shame, CoH gave me a lot of fun times, it was only the monthly subscription that drove me away.

 

I wonder if GW2 has had an impact on this…

 

NCSoft is a giant corporate entity…if the money isn’t coming in, it will be discarded. It’s likely that the same thing will happen to Guild Wars 1 servers in the not so distant future, despite the fact that there are many players still there, and the fact that GW2′s release will have brought an influx of players that had never played GW before. The majority of those players have already spent their money, and will not be making any further investments, which makes them nothing more than dead weight in the eyes of a big corporate publisher.

 

ahh such a shame – My TF2 Pyro styled ‘troller Firekin Hell will be missed :(

 
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