NCSoft Confirms They Can’t Save City Of Heroes
Sad news for the online super hero community today, as NCSoft has confirmed that a last minute save for the doomed City of Heroes MMORPG won’t be possible. Since the announcement that the long-running MMO stalwart will be shuttered by the end of 2012, fans have waged a dedicated, if misguided attempt to convince NCSoft to recant and find a way to save the game from death. Unfortunately, as everyone not trying to save the game has pointed out, the financial necessities just aren’t there.
The bad news was broken in a statement to NCSoft’s official site. Hereit is in full:
City of Heroes® Players and Fans,
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
This is of course completely understandable; after all, the problem was revenues and players, neither of which were coming in numbers large enough to justify continued production. It’s also sad too, though it does at least sound like they’re planning to go out with a bang.
One can always hope that they decide to release the server coding, so that players could create their own hubs with which to continue playing.