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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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9. Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes Dec 6, 2012, 13:00 Ceribaen
 
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 6, 2012, 11:41:
Jivaro wrote on Dec 6, 2012, 11:32:
Wait, what does Perfect World have to do with it? Does Cryptic still have some kind of say in the CoX franchise?

Was about to say, CoX was run by Paragon Studios, which was the majority of the Cryptic crew that created it, and Cryptic sold it/left it and went with Atari until it was sold to Perfect Worlds.

That being said, I wouldn't mind Perfect World buying it and updating the engine to Champions Online/Star Trek Online's.

Not sure if it was posited here or on Ars. But the rumour was that something with the way the sales/split originally happened, PWE actually owns some aspect of the rights to the CoX IP. There was a licensing agreement in place but it just expired, and since PWE has their own competing product -- weren't going easy on NCSoft for re-licensing it. So NCSoft cut their losses and closed up shop on CoX.

The other component was that there may be some eastern corporate world politics going on that we just don't have a view on, and CoX was a casualty of that.
 
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  1. Dec 6, 10:55 Re: More Big Picture Details HorrorScope
  2. Dec 6, 11:09  Re: More Big Picture Details Ceribaen
  3. Dec 6, 11:25   Re: More Big Picture Details HorrorScope
  4. Dec 6, 11:32 Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes Jivaro
  5. Dec 6, 11:41  Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes The Half Elf
>> 9. Dec 6, 13:00   Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes Ceribaen
  14. Dec 6, 16:18    Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes .Drifter
  15. Dec 6, 17:10    Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes NewMaxx
  16. Dec 6, 19:11     Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes .Drifter
  17. Dec 7, 11:20      Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes Prez
  18. Dec 7, 12:52       Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes Jivaro
  19. Dec 7, 20:36        Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes .Drifter
  6. Dec 6, 12:27 Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes Verno
  7. Dec 6, 12:41  Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes Cutter
  8. Dec 6, 12:50 Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes Hellbinder
  10. Dec 6, 13:05 Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes Hellbinder
  11. Dec 6, 13:20  Re: NCsoft: Nothing Had Been Decided on Selling City of Heroes Slayblaze
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