City of Heroes shutting down by end of the year

The legendary MMO City of Heroes will be shutting down later this year, NCSoft announced today. And if that weren't sad enough news, the game's developer Paragon Studios will be disbanded as well.

At this time it's unclear whether that means the studio's employees have been laid off, or if they've been relocated into other teams.

City of Heroes launched way back in 2004 in an MMO landscape that was incredibly different than it is today. The game is inarguably out of date, but the developer has continued to support the game with new content such as City of Heroes: Freedom and City of Villains. 

The game has managed to maintain a longstanding fan base thanks to constant updates, a unique focus, and (still today) the most robust character creator ever implemented into an MMO.

They are reportedly commencing the shut-down process immediately, and are aiming to shut down the game entirely on November 30. 

We'll miss ya City of Heroes.


  • Skills_12 - September 4, 2012 2:09 p.m.

    To the Author of this Article, how can you say that City of heroes is out of date?? It was the first Super Hero Based MMORPG, others have come along and have never been as popular as this game, I would argue that it has one of the best online communities with people always willing to help out and also as pointed above the best character creation tool bar none. Just because the game engine doesnt have shiny new graphics like some of the newer mmorpgs doesnt lessen the experience, look at WOW, that game also has an aging engine yet I dont see you comparing them.
  • SpectralEye - September 1, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    "The game is inarguably out of date"? Why is it out of date? I consistly hear that it has the one of the best Character designers. Graphics are pretty good. Game play is fairly easy and, once again, pretty good. How can a game with Superheroes be out of date compared to Sword and Spell games like WoW? Recent updates have been great. This article should be more about HOW CAN A GREAT GAME LIKE THIS DIE? Especially, with all the attention on Superheroes lately - Avengers, Thor, Iron Man, Spider-man, etc. . .
  • FoxdenRacing - September 4, 2012 10:05 a.m.

    Sounds like code for "Not as pretty, and not as lucrative". It's a shame to see this one go.
  • NullG7 - September 1, 2012 5:37 a.m.

    My heart goes out to anyone who is affected by this the closing of servers is always bitter-sweet
  • etackett87 - August 31, 2012 9:37 p.m.

    One of the first MMOs i ever played. Loved it from the start and I'm extremely sad to see if go away. They did a incredible job at keeping things new and interesting after being on the market for so many years.
  • artistjdk - August 31, 2012 5:03 p.m.

    Oh come on! This game is still pretty awesome from what I saw the other month. Why shut it down?

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