Multiple Parties Interested in Buying City of Heroes

Published on October 17th, 2012

Recent interview with the head of the Save movement hints at potential rescue from third party.

Multiple Parties Interested in Buying City of Heroes

Whatever happens with this potential acquisition, the Save City of Heroes movement will keep fighting to keep their game of choice alive.

When announced that City of Heroes would be shutdown on November 30th due to a “realignment of company focus,” thousands of gamers from around the world were distraught that their favourite MMORPG was going away for good, but it seems as though there may be some light at the end of the tunnel care of several mysterious third parties.

Last week we had a very candid chat with Tony Vazquez, head of the Save City of Heroes movement, and he let us in on rumours that various parties are currently in discussions with NCsoft to buy the valuable IP, and perhaps keep servers running.

“Some people in our community have reached out to some other publishers like Valve, and Riot Games. Some of them have even reached out to Cryptic as they originally developed City of Heroes,” he explained.

“I hate to be coy about this, but I have heard that multiple publishers and developers have been interested in enquiring about City of Heroes, it isn’t just at the table. Who? I can’t really say, but if there are they don’t talk to me directly. The more the merrier though, as the higher the number the better chance we have of another studio acquiring the IP.

Multiple Parties Interested in Buying City of Heroes

City of Heroes is for sale folks! Gameforge, Gala Network, GamersFirst are you reading this?

Needless to say we don’t know whether these rumours are true, but we do know that developers who were previously part of Paragon Studios are in regular contact with key members of the Save City of Heroes movement, and if anyone would know what’s really going on behind the scenes it would be them.

The sad fact is that City of Heroes is facing the threat of closure despite being popular and making a regular profit for NCsoft, which makes their decision even more perplexing. Currently it’s impossible to create new accounts for the game or to purchase Paragon Points for the in-game store yet prices for new powersets, costume pieces and other content still remain the same as they were before the closure announcement was made, which again adds more credence to the rumours that an acquisition is on the cards. Surely if the game was really going away, NCsoft would simply make everything in the store free to repay those who still play the game for their loyalty over the years, rather than withholding content for no good reason.

Perhaps the closure announcement is part of a big gamble by NCsoft to offload one of it biggest Western MMO properties to a third party for a profit, and it seems they do indeed have some takers on the table if these latest comments are to be believed.

Thus far NCsoft has refused numerous interview requests from GamerZines and MMOZine to clarify their stance regarding City of Heroes, but we’re hoping that they have a change of heart soon.

Expect more excerpts from our exclusive interview with the leader of the Save City of Heroes movement on Friday.

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    1. Posted by Fae on October 19th, 2012, 00:19 [Reply]

      Does this nullify NCSoft’s official statement on Oct 2nd that said ‘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.’

      • Posted by Vulpy on October 19th, 2012, 04:43 [Reply]

        It doesn’t negate that statement. However, it does call that statement into question. If other, workable offers were on the table at the time, then the official statement from NCsoft becomes an attempt at public relations whitewashing–a distortion of the truth at best, and an outright fabrication at worst.

        The #SaveCoH movement has heard from people claiming to have first-hand knowledge that NCsoft ignored potentially valid offers before stating that all options were “exhausted.” Given events surrounding the closure of Tabula Rasa, I daresay the company’s credibility is already in question and press releases need not necessarily be taken at face value.

        I’ll say this: I personally have reason to believe that all options were not, in fact, exhausted when that statement was made. I now have a profound distrust of NCsoft as a company.

    2. Posted by Liberties on October 19th, 2012, 11:49 [Reply]

      NC Soft has repeatedly been guilty of PR Lies… This is just the latest one. I am afraid they might not sell the game, however I am hopeful that someone like Valve or even a Steam backed Paragon Studios could get ahold of it. (the later being preferable)

      Here’s hoping CoH…

      • Posted by Vulpy on October 19th, 2012, 12:07 [Reply]

        I’d leave offerings and possibly sacrifice a small woodland creature on an altar made of crowbars and potatoes to get CoH in the hands of Valve.

    3. Posted by HarvesterOfEyes on October 19th, 2012, 17:55 [Reply]

      Just shutting down a profitable game and not trying to recoup any of the investment doesn’t make business sense unless you have another game to offer the same market. If such a game exists it’s a well-kept secret.

      IMO that leaves us with either they are trying to sell and the current posture is part of the strategy, or they are really planning to do something bad for their bottom-line for reasons not strictly business-related. While NCSoft is financially capable of sustaining such a bad business decision, I have trouble believing that it’s that simple.

      The fact that they are clammed-up and not giving any specifics about why the won’t sell also seems to indicate that there are one or more deals in the works.

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