‘Keep City of Heroes Online’ Petition Nears 10,000 Signatures

Published on September 3rd, 2012

Drive to make NCsoft change their mind about closing the superhero MMORPG gathers pace.

Keep City of Heroes Online Petition Nears 10,000 Signatures

It's going to take a truly heroic attempt from the community to keep open. We think they're up to the challenge...

On Friday evening NCsoft made the surprising announcement that it was in the process of closing both City of Heroes and the developer behind the comic book MMORPG, Paragon Studios.

According to a statement obtained by IGN, City of Heroes’ servers will be closed for good on November 30th. Unsurprisingly many gamers aren’t happy about this news and one upset gamer created an online petition in the hope of changing NCsoft’s mind.

“The only ones that seem to want to have City of Heroes shut down is NCsoft themselves. The community isn’t ready for this, and neither is the development team; who is getting shoved out into the cold. City of Heroes is not responsible for the loss in NCsoft profits–other games are,” reads the petition which has been penned by Meggan Russell.

“This petition is to stop NCsoft from shutting down the game and let many of its players keep their favourite game going! The players–and developers–are not prepared to see this game go down.”

Currently the online protest has well over 9,000 signatures and more are being added every minute.

The history of petitions reversing big publisher decisions is rather chequered, but it’s hoped that the thousands of gamers currently rallying to keep City of Heroes open will at least give NCsoft something to think about. If nothing else it will show other free-to-play MMO publishers that there’s still an audience out there that’s interested in the game.

You can lend your support to this growing movement by signing the petition, which is linked here.


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    1. Posted by Laura Ipsum on September 4th, 2012, 10:37

      Thank you so much for this article, and for supporting our campaign. The way that the CoX community has reacted to this announcement and the outpouring of support and solidarity has reminded me just what it is that makes this game so special.

      This game means everything to us.

      To all the MMOers out there – please back us. One day, your community will go through this. Please sign the petition, and help us to make the businesses that run the games we love realise that they have more options than just pulling the plug on us.

      • Posted by Dr Toerag on September 4th, 2012, 18:33

        I’ll grant you all that the closure of an MMO is not in any way as bad, but the principle still holds. I quote:

        “First they came for the communists,
        and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

        Then they came for the socialists,
        and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

        Then they came for the trade unionists,
        and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

        Then they came for me,
        and there was no one left to speak for me.”

        Thank you for highlighting this story. MMO players, whatever your poison, it may be worth a signature.

    2. Posted by Gilliam Seed on September 4th, 2012, 12:05

      Everything Laura says goes for me too,
      Please help us keep this awesome MMO alive go here , have your say http://www.change.org/petitions/ncsoft-keep-ncsoft-from-shutting-down-city-of-heroes

    3. Posted by Ted Mattos on September 4th, 2012, 12:32

      Thank you for this article and for spreading the word. Your supporting our campaign means so much. We greatly appreciate it!

    4. Posted by HardRider on September 4th, 2012, 13:13

      Thank you soo much for spreading the word on the efforts we the heroes and villains of paragon are doing to save what isn’t just a game to us but more a massive family. :)

    5. Posted by Catherine Oliver on September 4th, 2012, 13:14

      A big ‘Thank You’ to Gamerzines.com for covering this. This means so much to the City of Heroes Community. This is a ray of sunshine in a dark hour.

      Everyone who is a gamer, or has family who games, knows how much of a relief it is that you can play in

      your world. Please, help us save ours. http://www.change.org/petitions/ncsoft-keep-ncsoft-from-shutting-down-city-of-heroes#

    6. Posted by Andy Griffiths on September 4th, 2012, 13:29

      Thanks for the kind words guys, it’s a pleasure to help out the ‘Keep City of Heroes Online’ movement any way we can.

      I’ve contacted NCsoft on a range of issues associated with City of Heroes and Paragon Studios shutting down, and I hope to give you a statement from them over the next few days.

      Keep up the good work guys, this petition is getting a lot of attention.

      Who knows whether it’ll save City of Heroes in the long run, but what it will do is show that this game still has thousands upon thousands of active players and who knows? Perhaps another publisher may come in and save the day, it happened with Aion in Europe after all…

    7. Posted by Charles Borner on September 4th, 2012, 14:14

      Hey guys! Thanks for covering this situation for the City of Heroes community. It’s great to know that our efforts aren’t going unnoticed by others.
      Saving CoH is about more than just a game. It’s about a saving community and, if you will, a family that have been growing and experiencing things together for the best part of a decade.
      With the various real world heroes we’ve met (and become) over the years, we’re optimistic about our chances of doing just that.

    8. Posted by Tom Fury on September 4th, 2012, 14:17

      Thanks, from an 8 year CoX vet!

    9. Posted by Tom Fury on September 4th, 2012, 14:18

      Thanks, from an 8 year CoH vet!

    10. Posted by Joseph Rispoli on September 4th, 2012, 14:21

      Thank you for aiding in the effort to keep one of the finest MMOs ever created alive.
      I’ve been a player of the game since it’s open beta back in 2004, and will be online with it until the day that universe ends.

    11. Posted by Steve Reigle on September 4th, 2012, 15:07

      Thanks for the information. It is good to see word is getting out about the effort to save City of Heroes.

      No other game gives as much control over character concept as City of Heroes, with the ability to craft unique costumes as well as create your own unique stories for those characters.

      Naturally, after so long, people are very attached to those creations.

    12. Posted by Mandy Bobo on September 4th, 2012, 16:21

      Thank you for coverage of this! There’s also a multifaceted campaign to keep CoX live at the Titan Network forums. These folks have been working to make the CoX universe even *more* fun for years with their many tools, and if you want to lend your support, please visit http://www.cohtitan.com/forum/. Thanks again, Gamerzines!

    13. Posted by Z.N. Singer on September 4th, 2012, 16:21

      Every bit of publicity helps our cause – thank you for chipping in and helping make the gaming community aware of our situation. Many other efforts are being made to save our game, all coordinated by the head of Titan Networks, TonyV. Please cheer us on!

    14. Posted by Dave Ingram on September 4th, 2012, 17:11

      Thanks for posting this article. Every little bit helps. Please sign the petition.

    15. Posted by Tim Compton on September 4th, 2012, 17:40

      Thank you for covering our attempt to save the game. The article was well written and much appreciated by the community.

    16. Posted by Holly on September 4th, 2012, 17:49

      Thanks for helping us get the word out! We will persevere!

    17. Posted by Neuronia on September 4th, 2012, 17:55

      Thank you for your help, much appreciated!

    18. Posted by Marty on September 4th, 2012, 17:56

      Thank you, gamerzines, for helping to get the news out. The manner in which City of Heroes and, more importantly, Paragon Studios was shut down is completely uncalled for. They deserve better.

    19. Posted by Curt Arndt on September 4th, 2012, 17:58

      Thank-you, Gamerzines, for bringing our efforts to save our game and more importantly our community from what appears to be short-sighted spreadsheet balancing to a wider audience.

      I am hoping that news on sites like yours will not only get the word out to other gamers, but galvanize our core supporters as well.

      This game still has vibrant life in it. And when the end comes, as it will eventually will, both the developers that have worked on it and the players who have supported it for the better part of a decade deserve a proper ending to the stories we have all built there together.

    20. Posted by Laufeyjarson on September 4th, 2012, 18:48

      While City of Heroes is not the biggest MMO on the block, it was the first of its genre and it still has many interesting and unique features.

      The petition has broken 11,000 signatures, and still has them coming in.

      Thank you for sharing the petition and getting it more visibility. Also, thank you to each of the readers here who went off and signed it!

    21. Posted by mereman on September 4th, 2012, 19:17

      Thank-you, Gamerzines for your coverage of our fight.
      In the last year we have seen things which we could only dream of before on CoH.

      The player base is one of the best I have come across in over 15 years of playing online.

    22. Posted by Tina Noire on September 4th, 2012, 19:42

      I hate to see this game leave, CoH has been a HUGE part of my life over the last 8+ years, I started playing in March 2004, not long after that i met so many amazing friends, one of those friends introduced me to my husband, who I met in summer of 2004 in City of Heroes, we lived over 1200 miles & a country apart, We talked for days and months on end for 6+hrs a day, we finally married in Feb 2005 and been married to ever since, CoH has brought so many amazing people in my life and brought my alter ego’s to life with 100+ characters over the years, to think CoH being gone forever, I don’t want it to happen, I am ready to stand up a good fight to keep things a live, NCSoft will make the HUGEST mistake in history if they close this game down, there is so many games that are doing WORSE

      Heroes NEVER give up the good fight and you know what, Villains don’t either, time to put up the biggest fight of our lives!

      Sigs are now up over 11K, keep them coming!

    23. Posted by Matthew Ballard on September 4th, 2012, 19:46

      City of heroes is my second home,my second family. it’s where my loved ones live all across the globe and every single one of them means something to me. In the past few days and in the many to come we will band together and show NCsoft and it’s Investors that our voice can’t be ignored and that we Matter more then anything decided in a Boardroom.

    24. Posted by DamienRay on September 4th, 2012, 20:43

      Hey Gamerzines ! You rock !! Thank you so much for covering our story ! City of Heroes is our second home and we are all hoping it will be so for years to come !!

    25. Posted by DeathSentry on September 4th, 2012, 20:56

      Thank you so much for covering this. Coming from a player that started in Sept 2004 and played consistently up through this announcement, it was devastating as this has become a part of my everyday routine.

      So again, thank you for your support!!!!

    26. Posted by Ruby Ann on September 4th, 2012, 21:54

      Thank you so much for giving us the attention that we need to save a game and a community we all love so much. 8 years with City of and quite frankly I am not ready to let it go. But if it happens, I will be there until the skies of Paragon go dark.

    27. Posted by Sarah Winthrop on September 4th, 2012, 22:21

      Thank you so much for covering this! Please sign the petition – even if we can’t save our City, we show them that we’re not willing to go down without a fight! City of Heroes taught me that when the world is burning, you don’t stand by and watch, you grab a fire extinguisher and do whatever you can – even if it doesn’t seem like much at all!

    28. Posted by Christian Aars on September 4th, 2012, 22:22

      For those of us who have put a significant amount of time into City of Heroes (and think that it is a great game), stories like this are *very* much appreciated. You have a very hearty thanks from a long time CoH player!

    29. Posted by Jason Brannen on September 4th, 2012, 23:03

      I’ve been playing City of Heroes since 2004 and have been continuously subscribed, even through all the changes and transitions that have been made. I’m saddened by this closure. There are still so many things I won’t ever get to do now. I hope we, the community, find a way to continue to be heroes.

    30. Posted by Shawn Updegraff on September 4th, 2012, 23:21

      I’m a relatively new player having less than a year in. I can only express what a punch in the chest last week’s announcement was and I can only imagine the loss and grief longer players must feel. Thank you so very much for covering this story!

    31. Posted by Angela Ventus Vis-Vires Livermore on September 5th, 2012, 00:32

      I can’t say how much your support means to me. My whole immediate family plays as well as an uncle! My mom jokes around using voice chat the she may need help from time to time because she’s a senior citizen.
      I have also met some very good friends who I never would’ve come across if it weren’t for this game. I hope it can be saved so I can continue to meet more new friends!

    32. Posted by Madd Mamma on September 5th, 2012, 00:40

      Thank you so much for covering this story. The CoH community is amazing. This has been part of my everyday routine for several years. Hearing this news left a whole in my heart. It’s not just a game, it’s our extended family.

    33. Posted by Alan Rothweiler on September 5th, 2012, 03:06

      It is great to see the media covering the battle that the City of Heroes community is fighting. I personally want to say thank you for your support and help in spreading the goal of our community: To save City of Heroes! This game is more then just a game. Players meet new people, network and get to know the people they meet, and some connections evolve into real life friendships. The news of the game shutting down felt like NCSoft tore a hole inside me and left it empty. I can’t speak for the City of Heroes community but I am sure most feel the same way. So once again, thank you!

    34. Posted by Angelica Reign on September 5th, 2012, 03:36

      I would like to also thank your for taking notice of our situation. Without the support of the gaming community it would virtually an impossible battle. But Because of people at Gamerzines and others that are listening to us we may be able to at least give NCsoft something to wonder about. Also I would like to thank all of you gamers out there that is willing to support us in this cause. I know that if your gaming community was “under attack” that all of the City of Heroes community would jump to your aid. Although we may not be part of the “same” community we are all still part of one huge community of “gamers”.

    35. Posted by Stephen Dickson on September 5th, 2012, 03:53

      Thank you for the attention to our plight Gamerzines, it is most appreciated. And the Success of a Petition is rarely so black and white. The mere fact that so many can show their outrage at this “realignment of publishing support” is in itself a means to an end. We are gamers, customers, and believers. We must not be ignored.

    36. Posted by Para' Dox on September 5th, 2012, 05:28

      Thanks guys for writing about our game and our efforts to save it from going dark. For four years City of Heroes has been one of the ways my wife and I connect and serves as one of the few things we have as a mutual interest outside of church and family. It even serves as a place we can let our nephews and niece run around when they’re here visiting and can’t go outside. It keeps all of us busy when we run out of things to do or need to unwind from our other worries.

      You can help us and our friends by signing the petition or if you play and don’t know how to get involved the Titan Network is serving as our rallying point. Visit them at http://www.cohtitan.com/forum/index.php/board,134.0.html to see what you can do to save the first and best super hero mmo.

      Thanks again, Para’ Dox.

    37. Posted by Professor SMO on September 5th, 2012, 05:59

      Thanks for covering this important story for our community. The constant in-game postings on Friday made it clear this was more than a game. It was a place where people meet and real lives were changed. We appreciate your bringing attention to the issue and hope that other gamers will support the cause to keep this mmo alive.

    38. Posted by sundew on September 5th, 2012, 07:04

      Thank you for this article and for the link to the petition. COH is an important community to many people, and also a fun game. I hope it will be saved and not missed.

    39. Posted by sundew on September 5th, 2012, 07:05

      Thank you for this article and for the link to the petition. COH is an important community to many people, and it is also just a fun game. I hope that COH will be saved and not missed.

    40. Posted by Jack Williams on September 5th, 2012, 16:03

      Thank you sooo much Gamerzine for helping us get the message out, that we’re not ready to be grounded just yet. ^__^

    41. Posted by Darth Delicious on September 5th, 2012, 16:21

      Thanks for sharing this! It means a lot for us players.
      The fight will continue, because we are Heroes. It is what we do.

      I’ve been VIP eversince I’ve started playing back in 2008 and it was worth every penny.
      CoH has been my inspiration to pick up drawing and writing again after a couple of rough years and I’m grateful for that.
      City of Heroes will always be my number one in games. There is no other like this one.

      It’s not just a game.. it’s a community filled with characters, fun, drama, action, art and the making of new friends all over the world.
      It’s a unique way of playing and I love every bit (and pixel) of it!

    42. Posted by Frederic La Comare on September 5th, 2012, 19:20

      A big Thank you to gamerzines for spreading the word and help us in this fight.

    43. Posted by Robin D. Owens on September 5th, 2012, 19:43

      Thank you for posting an article on City of Heroes. The shock has been incredible for the community. I used it all the time to make characters I featured in my books and sent those to my editors for their conferences with the cover artists. I use City of Heroes for stress relief, distraction, inspiration.

      Thanks again

    44. Posted by Matt Cassidy on September 5th, 2012, 20:02

      This is an awesome game….. for pete’s sake save it!

    45. Posted by Connor on September 6th, 2012, 08:09

      Thanks for helping us get the word out Gamerzines, this has quickly grown from a small group of people to a small army trying to save our game and we couldn’t do it without websites like this! Thank you to everyone who supported us, its time to save the heroes.

    46. Posted by James on September 6th, 2012, 13:52

      Thanks for covering this Gamerzines.com! This is a huge and devoted community. I have been on City of Heroes since 2006 and never let me subscription lapse. This game had a great launch and some slow times, but has really hit it’s stride in the last few years, with the last year being it’s best. New player have 100 times more to do and explore than they did in 2006. The special effect, powers, and maps, have been exploding. If you have never tried City of Heroes, do so now. You may never get an other chance. It’s far more brilliant than anything else on the market.

    47. Posted by kris on September 8th, 2012, 19:05

      plz keeps CoH alive!!1

    48. Posted by John Barrett on September 9th, 2012, 20:10

      Thank you for your coverage of the petition which is more than 16,000 signers at the moment. Spreading the word about the gamers greatly want the game to continue is something I’m grateful for.

    49. Posted by Poppy on September 13th, 2012, 12:51

      Sad, Sad, sad day. This is a wonderful MMO, many amazing adventures and frieds. Should not be allowed to die :(

    50. Posted by Rodney on March 21st, 2013, 15:13

      I’m gone to say to my little brother, that he should also pay a visit this blog on regular basis to get updated from hottest reports.

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