An Open Discussion On Where We're At on the Epic Forums
, eschews grammar to
kick off a conversation about Paragon
, the MOBA that was the apple of
Epic's eye before the release of Fortnite
and its trendy battle royale
). They express interest in continuing the game, and say to
expect a new patch this week, but note that progress is slowing, as they admit
that they have not yet found a way to retain enough of the users the game
attracts. They say they will continue to work that problem over the coming
weeks, but in the name of transparency, they wanted to let everyone know they
are conscious that Paragon's "release cadence" will be slower for now:
know you have a lot of questions about the future of Paragon. We care deeply
about this community and we know this is important to you, so here's a summary
of where we are.
Going from Legacy to Monolith to a new card system and all of the changes
in-between, our efforts have always been focused on growing the game. While each
of these incarnations has been beloved by a core community, none has been large
enough to achieve mainstream success. This, combined with the humbling success
of Fortnite has caused us to question if we have a good path to grow Paragon and
make it thrive.
Work on Paragon continues. V.45 ships this week with both Hero and Card balance
as well as stability improvements.
However, progress has been slower lately for two reasons: First, the teamís time
is split between immediate improvements and longer-term efforts, so thereís less
visible progress. Second, a number of Paragon team members jumped onto Fortnite
to help sustain the game as it has grown far larger than anything in Epicís
Here inside Epic, weíre talking about the future of Paragon in pretty much the
same terms as youíre talking about it. The core challenge is that, of new
players who try Paragon, only a small number continue to play regularly after a
month. Though Paragon has evolved, no iteration has yet achieved that magical
combination of ingredients that make for a sustainable game. (As an aside, the
problem isnít marketing or how to make money with Paragon. We have good ideas
that would solve those problems if we can find a way to make Paragon grow.)
Over the next few weeks, weíll be figuring out if and how we can evolve Paragon
to achieve growth and success, and trying some things internally. In the
meantime, Paragonís release cadence will be slower.
We welcome your thoughts on what we should do. Like you, the team is deeply
passionate about Paragon. Like you, we would love to find a path that works. And
like the community at large, we are not all in agreement on what could place
Paragon on a fundamentally better path for all.
We will always be transparent with the community, and this is where we are right
now. As we have more information, we will share it with you.