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City of Heroes to End; Paragon Studios Closed

The City of Heroes Website has news that NCsoft is closing developer Paragon Studios and plans to shut down City of Heroes by the end of this year, in spite of the page's title bar still calling this "The World's Most Popular Superpowered MMO" (thanks McCleod). Here's word:

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.

Andy Belford

Community Manager

Paragon Studios.

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48. Re: City of Heroes to End; Paragon Studios Closed Sep 1, 2012, 17:15 Jivaro
 
Fritzo wrote on Sep 1, 2012, 13:27:
Are you sure? When I played it, it seemed like it even had some of the same missions as CoH.

Then you didn't play either for very long. Not much else to tell you. Other then being superhero games with extensive character creators they have pretty much nothing in common. Everything about the actual gameplay, questing, and overall structure was completely different. That is why Champions Online did so poorly, all the CoH/Cryptic fans tried it and most of them went back to CoH or quit playing both.

The CoH fans were so hungry for a sequel, even at that time that, if Champions Online was anything like CoH...they would have gladly stayed and paid a subscription.

Am I sure... Yeah. 8 years of CoH and one of the suckers who bought a lifetime subscription to Champions Online pre-release, makes me quite expert on the subject. There are bound to be similarities within quest lines when the same company makes two games within the same genre, but in this case they are very superficial.

This comment was edited on Sep 1, 2012, 17:31.
 
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