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City of Heroes and Paragon Studios to be shut down by end of the year

Friday, 31st August 2012 20:06 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Paragon Studios has announced City of Heroes will be shut down by the end of the year, as will the studio itself.

According to a post on the MMO’s official website, community manager Andy Belford stated that NCsoft will also be shuttering the studio due to a “realignment of company focus and publishing support.” It’s reported that 80 employees have been laid-off so far.

“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,” Belford wrote. “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.

“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.”

City of Heroes launched on April 28, 2004 with Cryptic at the helm, before NCsoft acquired the rights to the game, handing it off to Paragon.

The game’s servers will be turned off on November 30.

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3 Comments

  1. Hunam

    Ouch :S

    #1 2 years ago
  2. TheWulf

    City of Heroes has run its course. For fans of that sort of thing, Champions Online is by far the better game, now. And it will continue to be.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. roadkill

    R.I.P. City of Heroes. And good luck to all those affected by the studio’s closure! You guys are awesome!

    #3 2 years ago

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