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NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes

'Unethical' game closure is an article on the Korea Times where a fantasy author complains about the closure of City of Heroes, NCsoft's MMORPG (thanks Ant and Krnl_Mandrake via Slashdot). The article focuses on the backlash the move has inspired, though there is a quote from an NCsoft spokesperson offering a shred of hope for fans of the superhero game:

NCsoft’s Seoul-based spokesman Kim Yo-han said that terminating the service was a “strategic decision,” adding that “nothing had been decided on selling the game or other action afterwards.”

According to local industry analysts, the game has been bringing in 3 billion won ($2.76 million) every quarter. “It is hard to comprehend what NCsoft means when they said they closed it for strategic reasons,” one analyst said.

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8. Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes Dec 6, 2012, 12:50 Hellbinder
 
AO has been running for 11 years now. for the last 5 years or so they have had a small dedicated dev team of 10. now they are down to 8. which is more than enough to run a well established MMO with a decent player base. you can outsource for art assets, models etc these days pretty cost effective.

COH could easily have been run the same way and been fine for several more years. 8 million a year is more than enough to fund an established game, pay a small dev team, and pay for outsourced assets.

as for the comment below that says salaries were the issue? REALLY? one quarter could have easily paid for the salaries paid at prevailing wages in the industry and benefits.
 
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