Rumour: Paragon in “Discussions” to Save City of Heroes

Published on September 5th, 2012

‘Save Paragon City!’ movement formed, online petition nears 12,000 signatures.

Last Friday the community was dealt a shocking blow when NCsoft announced that the free-to-play comic-book MMORPG would be put out of service on November 30th and that its developer Paragon Studios would be closed, but it appears all is not quite lost yet.

Rumour: Paragon in “Discussions” to Save City of Heroes

This example of gamers banding together for the forces of good is a lot like the kind of quests you'd find in City of Heroes - funny that...

A senior admin on the game’s official servers has confirmed in a server-wide discussion with fans that Paragon management are holding discussions with NCsoft and its investors.

“Sorry guys but I don’t have any new update. I know Paragon management is having discussion[s] with NCsoft and investors,” stated an admin known as Alpha Wolf. “Get people to sign online petitions, post on game forums, and just continue to make noises so NCsoft cannot ignore players.”

What those “discussions” actually entailed hasn’t been revealed hence the rumour tag on this story, but it would be easy to assume that they involved keeping City of Heroes servers live long after the proposed November 30th closure date.

Since the initial closure announcement the City of Heroes community has galvanised itself into the ‘Save Paragon City!’ movement which is currently in the process of organising in-game events, mass letters to NCsoft and other ‘Calls to Action’ in order to bring attention to their cause – including an online petition which at time of writing is nearing 12,000 signatures.

It’s clear there is some action behind the scenes at NCsoft, and we’ve reached out to the MMO publisher for comment.

It’s impressive to see a community band together to save something that they truly care about, and frankly we’d be immensely surprised if NCsoft wasn’t paying attention to this ground swell of support for what seems to be one of the MMO genre’s most beloved games.

If you care about City of Heroes, be sure to lend your signature to the aforementioned petition, linked here, and head to the official forums for the ‘Save Paragon City!’ movement to find out how you can help.

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    1. Posted by Mister_B. on September 5th, 2012, 14:05

      Truly, as an insider, I can’t discribe how much it means to be covered like this.

      I can’t underline enough the importance of showing us support by petitions and facebook groups.

      We do believe that saving City could help others players worldwide, but first, thank you for your support !

      We are Heroes, this is what we do.

    2. Posted by Jeff Jordan on September 5th, 2012, 15:01

      People think of heroism as something in stories and movies. The real heroes in life are everyday people. The community of City of Heroes has been proving that 24/7 365 for over 8 years now. We’re gonna try for one more miracle.

      We are Heroes, this is what we do.

    3. Posted by Laura Ipsum on September 5th, 2012, 15:14

      Thank you so much for covering our efforts. It means everything. We know that CoX isn’t the shiniest, flashiest online universe out there, but it’s ours.

      I hope the gamer community can support us by signing the petition. We’re not asking them to like our game, or even play it if they pledge to support us and take three seconds out of their day to sign the petition.

      We need to show the companies that run these games that it’s seriously uncool to try and do everything they can to get people in a game and keep them there, only to cast us off when it doesn’t suit them anymore for us to be there.

      We need them to think that gamers aren’t just a revenue stream – that those monthly subscriptions – whatever game it is – is a kid who’s being picked on in school, but in a virtual world, he’s a badass almost unbeatable PvP champion, is someone confined to their house because they’re ill and it’s the only contact they have with an outside world, that it’s the army wife looking for a distraction while her husband is off risking his life in a desert somewhere.

      Our gaming tastes may be different, but the reasons we’re in virtual words aren’t.

      We need to show that we’re not just pixels, that we’re a real life community – CoX has a population the size of Tokyo and Moscow combined, and we’re just going to be wiped off the map. Just because we show up as pixels on a screen, it doesn’t make us any less REAL.

      We want to show companies that closing a game doesn’t HAVE to tear gaming communities in part, that they should work with their players, perhaps give them ownership of the bases and the groups and the characters and the stuff they’ve poured time, effort, money and tears into.

      It’s not JUST about City of Heroes. One day your game will face this, too. We want to be a model that threatened gaming communities can hold up and say ‘look, you don’t have to wipe us off the face of the earth. How about doing /this/ instead?”

      Please sign our petition. One day you’ll need us to back you, as much as we need you to back us know.

      http://www.change.org/petitions/ncsoft-keep-ncsoft-from-shutting-down-city-of-heroes#://

      • Posted by T.J. on September 6th, 2012, 20:42

        Did Laura Ipsum just claim that CoX had a near 25 million player population?

        Really?

        • Posted by T.J. on September 6th, 2012, 20:51

          Apologies, my number was inaccurate, it’s 20 million.

          • Posted by Jeremy Nathan Mone on September 10th, 2012, 06:34

            I believe what they meant is that the total number of characters created in the game would amount to a population of that size. The total player base is somewhere in the 100,000 to 200,000 range. Amounts changing with the release of new content and other such factors. It was by no means a small nor dead MMO game world.

    4. Posted by Sarah Winthrop on September 5th, 2012, 20:47

      Thank you for covering this!

      We are heroes and this is what we do. If a group of ordinary gamers who love being superheroes can band together to save their world, I believe very strongly that it shows that a group of perfectly ordinary people have the potential to save the real world too!

    5. Posted by Big Dog on September 5th, 2012, 23:12

      What NC Soft did was horrid. They canned the development studio with less than a day notice and, it seems, nobody saw this coming. CoH isn’t a cash cow for them but it seems like they may have wanted to try a reduction in staff as opposed to a full shut down. NC Soft showed they have little or no regard for customers or staff; it was a very inhumane ending to the game. I hope NC shows a little class and allows another company to buy the IP.

    6. Posted by Zeb Marchbanks on September 6th, 2012, 06:46

      Hey gamerzines, thanks for covering our story! City of Heroes is such an amazing game with such a depth of story and a spectacular community, and incredible development team, that it feels to me like a real place. Paragon City is our home, and we’re sure going to fight to defend it.

      We are Heroes. This is what we do.

    7. Posted by Stephen Dickson on September 6th, 2012, 13:44

      We are Heroes. This is what we do.

      Thank you Gamerzines, for stepping up to be a Hero too.

    8. Posted by EternalOptimist on September 6th, 2012, 14:55

      Thank you, Gamezines, for continuing coverage on this event. The thing that strikes me the most about the fans, is that they are banding together to TAKE ACTION in a world ruled by apathy. They are the real world heroes.

    9. Posted by Lylah L. on September 6th, 2012, 15:59

      Thank you for covering our story. I beg all gamers everywhere to unite and fight this injustice. NCSoft has been cruel in the way they fired all the devs in one day and closing the game without explaination to devs or gamers. Please sign the petition to make ncsoft see their error. We are heroes it is what we do.

    10. Posted by Dave Babler on September 6th, 2012, 17:18

      Thank you for covering this story!

    11. Posted by Daria on September 6th, 2012, 18:44

      Thank y for covering this story..this is so much more than a game to some people. There is nothing out there even close to hit. I am hoping for a miracle and will continue the fight.

    12. Posted by Tommy Gladney on September 6th, 2012, 18:51

      Thank you for your support in our efforts to Save City of Heroes!

    13. Posted by Bob Hir on September 7th, 2012, 04:57

      Thanks for covering this story…

    14. Posted by Fina Fox on September 8th, 2012, 03:53

      Thank you for covering our story! We are heroes, this is what we do.

      Others hide behind masks to prevent being known. We wear masks to show who we are!

    15. Posted by Timothy Nowell on September 9th, 2012, 05:26

      Thank you so much for giving us the coverage you have. We’ve got a lot of life left in us, this game, and we will fight for it till our last breath!

    16. Posted by Poppy on September 13th, 2012, 12:54

      PLEASE lets not let this most wonderful of games/cummunities die.

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