NCsoft Closing Paragon Studios, Sunsetting City of Heroes

September 3, 2012 -

NCsoft has decided to shut down its Paragon Studio and the continued development of its long-running super-hero-based MMO City of Heroes. The company said in a blog post on August 31 that it would halt all future development on the title, putting its focus on "sunsetting the title by the year's end."

City of Heroes was originally developed by Cryptic Studios, who sold the game to NCsoft and started working on a new Super Hero MMO, Champions Online. Eventually that led to the studio being acquired by Perfect World Entertainment. City of Heroes switched from a subscription-based MMO to free-to-play last year. Reports indicate that the studio will lay off around 80 employees.

You can read the full blog post below:

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.

Source: GII

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Re: NCsoft Closing Paragon Studios, Sunsetting City of Heroes

The problem that I have with this is not just that they pulled the plug. It's an unfortunate reality that at some point, you have to do that. The issue is that the game was doing fine -- not huge, but making money -- and the next update was in development on the beta server and cruising along. And then all of a sudden the axe falls, and grumbling I've heard is that it's to make up for Aion losing money.

After this, I am not sure I want to play any online games NCSoft handles.

 
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