The Sun Sets on Paragon City, the City of Heroes

29. November, 2012 Apple, PC 1 comment

A menacing wave of anti-matter is coming. Nothing in its path will survive! With no known hero strong enough to stop this impending doom, ALL HOPE IS GONE!

At 11:59 and 59 seconds PM PST on November 30th 2012, Obi-Wan Kenobi will once again say ”I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.”  Not to worry though, the only reality that will be affected is Paragon City.

I’ve been playing City of Heroes (COH) since the first day of it went beta in 2004. I can say without a doubt, NCsoft is making a mistake. All they have to do is a competitive analysis and they would find no other online Super Hero game matches it. However I am writing this article to help those folks who have played this great MMO to handle its demise. Heck, its therapeutic for me as well.

Screenshot of City of Heroes

The heroes of Paragon city, gather up in Atlas Park as a show of unity in their desire to rid the city of lurking evil doers.

Denial & Anger
Champions online and DC Universe online pale in comparison to the elegance and depth of COH. Paragon Studios along with Cryptic Studios created a living breathing world that many players got attached to. Going sight seeing alone just to see the effort to put such depth in a virtual world is even gratifying. The animations are top notch and the flexibility in customizing the appearance of your characters inspire costume contests. Something they probably never expected.

I think I speak for many when I say, it makes no sense to take the best product off the shelves when the competition clearly doesn’t match in comparison. Maybe it’s time for new management at NCsoft first. DC Comics just did a total reboot of its comic book universe with much success. NCsoft needs to wake up and smell the coffee. City of Heroes is the best super hero MMORPG and it’s failing could be that it’s too much of a best kept secret to the general public.

I can understand pulling a product if it was a third rate offering. But I see no other Super Hero MMO that can compare. Maybe NCsoft should have done what Blizzard did and spend money on TV commercials. The general public knows of World of Warcraft. Heck it even got prominence in an episode of South Park. City of Heroes also had some slick characters that could have gained popularity on a cartoon shown on Nickelodeon or HUB TV. With huge box office takes of Batman, Avengers and Spiderman, and soon to be released Superman reboot, now is the time to push City of Heroes, not shelve it.

Bargaining & Depression
The COH community didn’t take it lightly and tried their best to form petitions and even suggest buyers to save the game. I even read rumors of Disney looking at the property, but all that is is rumors. To me it could be a good fit because Disney owns Marvel. I could go on and on but in the end the decision has been made and seemingly nothing can stop the shutting down of COH outside of a miracle. I’ll miss the adventures, the super team-ups, the player vs player arena, animated emotes, having a base to to share with teammates with a lab to invent, and much more.

Time for Acceptance and Moving On
As a comic book fan I’ve seen this before. When in 1985, DC Comics, eradicated their vast multiverse in Crisis on Infinite Earths. I will never forget how Ultraman, an Earth-3 villain, fought valiantly right up to the end to save his world.

The Death of Ultraman (DC Comics)

DC Comics “Ultraman” making his last attempt to save his universe, in Crisis on Infinite Earths.

We can do the same as Ultraman by being sure to remember COH and expect the same quality of gaming out of any new Super Hero MMO that comes along in the future.

Farewell Paragon City
I guess all good things really do come to an end. So bow your heads for a moment of silence or raise a glass in a toast as to thank Paragon Studios & Cryptic Studios for such a wonderful ground breaking MMO that deserves to be in the Gaming Hall of Fame.

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  1. Game-Critic

    12 / 4 / 2012 11:19 am

    I never played this but I heard good things about it all the time. Sad to see it coming to an end which reminds me I need to finish DC Universe online and get my Platinum before they shut that down ;)

    Great article Mike keep em coming please!

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