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City of Heroes shutting down

City of Heroes shutting down

City of Heroes first launched in 2004 and at its peak had an estimated subscriber-base of 200,000.

Superhero MMO City of Heroes is set to close its doors by the end of the year and NCSoft is disbanding its developer, Paragon Studios.

The game will receive no further development and the servers are expected to be turned off later this year. All current subscriptions for the game will be discontinued effective immediately and exact dates of when the game will go offline will be made available in the next few weeks.

'The team here at Paragon deserves special praise for all that we have accomplished over the last five years,' said Paragon Studios community manager Andy Belford. 'To any potential studios looking to grow your team; hire these people. You won't regret it.'

City of Heroes first launched in 2004 and is credited as the first superhero-based MMO. The game saw its first expansion, City of Villains, added in 2005.

NCSoft picked up the game's intellectual property from original developer, Cryptic Sudios, in 2007. The Cryptic staff were brought onboard by NCSoft and reformed as Paragon Studios in 2009 to continue development on the game.

The MMO has previously been celebrated in the gaming press for its flexible character creator and the implementation of user generated missions. It has also clocked up an impressive list of awards throughout its lifespan from several publications.

'Focus on the good things of CoH and Paragon Studios,' added Belford. '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.'

City of Heroes switched to a free-to-play model in 2011. At its peak in 2005, the game had approximately 200,000 subscribers. Financial reports published by NCSoft in 2008 showed this figure had dropped to just under 125,000 in 2008.

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Phalanx 3rd September 2012, 09:28 Quote
Sad to see this. I spent many months playing this and loved it. Good luck to the devs on this one. They deserve to be given another project.
demonisch 3rd September 2012, 14:13 Quote
It is really sad, but can they not release the game in open source or something? Let fans setup their own servers to host the game and carry on playing?
Icy EyeG 3rd September 2012, 23:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by demonisch
It is really sad, but can they not release the game in open source or something? Let fans setup their own servers to host the game and carry on playing?

That'd be awesome and reasonable, but no company would do that unfortunately. This is one of the reasons I don't play MMO or any online games: When I purchase a game, I expect to be able to play it whenever I want, even if it is 10 years from now.
Unfortunately these companies only see profit, and don't respect the fanbase enough to give the game to the community after so many years of devotion (and financial gain).
DriftCarl 4th September 2012, 14:55 Quote
It is stupid that they hold onto an IP, they have no intention to put any more funds into it and they refuse to give it to anyone else to invest in.
kind of like why I hate Fox, because they have done the same thing to Firefly :p
notacatgirl 5th September 2012, 15:22 Quote
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