Sorry for no post today, but I wanted to bring attention to this.
Late last week Paragon Studios received word from NCSoft (their parent company) that they were to cease all development work on the game, close all the market/subscription services, and shut down effective immediately with the game to come down before the end of the year (approximately end of November.) This came as a shock to everyone, especially the fans.And why wouldn't it? Just about six hours before word came down the the most popular Super Hero MMO out there was going to be shutting down teasers were released for the newest content that was to be released sometime within the next 30 days (it was already in Open Beta.)
To be clear, this is not a game getting a sunset. The story, which has been in development for 7-8 years now, is not getting an ending. The studio is not moving on. Everything is being shut down and packed away as suddenly as it sounds.
I wish I knew why. All signs point to CoH having been a profitable game with a stable population. The servers were more populated than ever since the game went free to play, and the game even won awards recently for how well its free to play and microtransaction models had been set up. There is no visible reason for why a company would shut down Paragon Studios aside from not liking money (if you have one, let me know, please.)
NCSoft's official reason so far is that they wish to go in a different direction with the games they support/put out there. A friend's theory - which I don't agree with - is that with Aion having done so poorly that they're shutting down CoH in the hopes people will go to Guild Wars 2 which just released. Only that doesn't make much sense to me as MMO players are notoriously spiteful, and people who are dedicated followers to an 8 year old game likely don't have a copmuter capable of handling a brand new game, and if they did they likely already had a copy.
Whatever the reason, I know that one of the big inspiration points I had for Super Hero stories and a place where I could test out ideas is now gone. So, today I wanted to give an R.I.P. to Paragon Studios and hope that the developers find new homes soon. They honestly were the best development team I've ever seen. Especially when it came to community involvement.