After 8 years and over 23 Issues
released, City Of Heroes, the first Super-Hero MMO,
will be shutting down for good at midnight tonight. Heroes has seen a tremendous amount of support not only from it's fan base, but from the industry
as well, it's unique position as the only major Non-Fantasy MMO in the market helping to keep it standing out among the Goblins and the Panda Kung-Fu Fighters. But if the game is so beloved by its customers, why is the game shutting down tonight, even with the newest issue
all but released in the Beta Server? Well that's where things get interesting.
City Of Heroes, originally developed by Cryptic Studios, was bought by NCSoft in early 2007. At the time, most considered this nothing but Amazing News, and Heroes would go on to develop systems like A Crafting System That Didn't Suck
, an Enemy Invasion
that could appear at any time (until some hardcore gamers figured out the trigger), a Flashback System
that could allow you play any content in the game, and was justified In The Canon, and a Create-Your-Content System
that was so god-damn revolutionary that most players could only think of using it to near permanently Break The Game
However, things weren't so rosy inside as they appeared. NCSoft was a Korean company, and a large portion of its workers
seemed to think that the Head CEO's didn't give a damn about their North American Divisions. They were just slammed with a $25 Million lawsuit settlement
from Richard Garriott who, among other Lawful Evil accusations, said that NCSoft wrote the Farewell Lettter under his name while he was busy going through decontamination from being In Space. Meanwhile, every game they had that didn't have Superheroes in them were contributing to a massive loss
in The 2nd Quarter of this year. Clearly, something had to be done to save face.
So they shut down Heroes with no warning. Paragon Studios came in on a Friday morning to find they were all fired. No End-Game Event will officially happen. NCSoft seem to have turned down every chance they had to sell the game outright, and starting December 1st the world of Paragon City
, will be No More. So if you've still got a cape waiting somewhere within Paragon City for his Day Job to be over, log in and play. You'll never see them again.