City of Heroes abandoned, to be closed by 2013

The world’s first super-hero MMORPG, City of Heroes, will be closing by the end of the year, says publisher NCsoft. Citing a “realignment of company focus and publishing support,” the game’s developer, Paragon Studios, will also be shuttered.

While an official closure date has not been named (we’re hearing November 30th), all development on City of Heroes has officially ceased, ending nearly a decade of work on the project, which went live in 2004.

If you have a recurring subscription to the game, that’s all been discontinued over the weekend, and all Paragon Market trading has also ended. A more detailed timeline of the last months of City of Heroes is expected shortly.

Andy Belford, Community Manager at Paragon broke the news to a devastated, adoring fanbase. Sources from inside the company say it was an unexpected decision from NCSoft.

The team here at Paragon deserves special praise for all that we have accomplished over the last 5+ years. These developers are some of the most creative and talented people in the gaming industry. By now, we’ve all been given this news internally, but to anyone who may be reading this message after the fact; know that your hard work and dedication has not gone unappreciated or unnoticed. To any potential studios looking to grow your team; hire these people. You won’t regret it.

Belford asks City of Heroes gamers not to dwell on the “how” or the “why”, but instead to celebrate the legacy of “an amazing partnership between the players and the development team” in these final few months.

We couldn’t have come this far without you.

Thank you, and I’ll see you in the skies, one last time.

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