Posted By Shaun K. about 9 months, 2 weeks ago
The end of an era is officially in the offing as word has come down today that the first Superhero MMO, City of Heroes, well be shutting down for good by the end of this year. Additionally, the developer responsible for the game, Paragon Studios, will also be closing its doors as part of this larger closure. The news broke today via an official post on the main City of Heroes website by Paragon Studios Community Manager Andy Belford. In the post, Belford stated that all current development on the game had been ceased in order for Paragon to prepare to bring CoH to a proper close by the end of this year. He also stated that all recurring subscription billing and Paragon Market purchasing was being discontinued as today as well. While an exact closure date has yet to be revealed, Belford promised that a full timeline for the game’s pending shut-down of service would be in coming in the course of the next few weeks. The full text of Belford’s post follows:
Publisher NCsoft has released an official statement regarding the closure of City of Heroes via IGN. In the statement, the publisher stated their intention to officially bring the game to an on November 30 of this year. The full text of this statement follows:
First launched in April of 2004, City of Heroes has remained a title with a dedicated, if ever shrinking, fanbase during the years that followed. At one point so popular it was able to sustain a sister MMO City of Villains as a standalone expansion, the game eventually saw its user-base begin to fade significantly as newer MMOs arrived on the market. The game had seemed to find a second life via the switch-over to the free-to-play model however, a fact which only makes this seemingly sudden closure announcement all the more shocking. From its modern day setting featuring a wide mixture of genres at a time when few (if any) MMOs stepped outside of the strict boundaries of either the sci-fi or fantasy genre to the introduction of user-generated missions and other content, City of Heroes has been a groundbreaking game throughout the entirety of its run. Its sad to see the game will be going away soon and the sub-genre as a whole will be poorer for it to say nothing of the group of talented people soon to be without jobs. Stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for continuing coverage of this story as it devlops and be sure to share your thoughts and CoH memories in the comments section below.