In much the same way that SOE crushed the hopes of Star Wars Galaxies fans trying to prevent the MMORPGs shut down, NCsoft today delivered a similar message to City of Heroes fans. Despite a petition that has now exceeded 20,000 supporters, letters sent to the publisher and in-game rallies, NCsoft today put the proverbial nail in the coffin for those hoping to save the game.
In their message to the community, NCsoft explained that they had exhausted all options to save City of Heroes, including selling off Paragon Studios and the IP.
We wanted to let you know that your voices have been heard and your concerns have been taken into serious consideration. We appreciate the overwhelmingly constructive and positive messages in the emails, notes, and packages you've sent in support of the game. It has not been an easy decision for us to close Paragon Studios® and prepare to shut down City of Heroes. We've exhausted all options including the selling of the studio and the rights to the City of Heroes intellectual property, but in the end, efforts to do so were not successful. City of Heroes has a special place in all of our hearts, and we want to ensure its reputation and the memories we share for the game end on a high note.
Once again, we will be holding events throughout the process of preparing for the game's end, and we encourage players and fans of the franchise to join forces and enjoy their time in a game that we've enjoyed supporting for more than eight years.
The NCSOFT® Team
For now, fans can continue to enjoy what time is left in Paragon City before City of Heroes officially sunsets on Novemeber 30th, 2012.
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