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City of Heroes: NCSoft Responds to 'Save CoH' Movement

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,572MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

City of Heroes fans have been busy since the announcement that the game would be shutting down this fall. Groups of players have organized in-game events, online petitions and more. Sadly, NCSoft says that, while they've heard players' voices, there are currently no plans to change the decision.

City of Heroes® Players and Fans,

We wanted to let you know that your voices have been heard and your concerns have been taken into serious consideration. We appreciate the overwhelmingly constructive and positive messages in the emails, notes, and packages you've sent in support of the game. It has not been an easy decision for us to close Paragon Studios® and prepare to shut down City of Heroes. 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. City of Heroes has a special place in all of our hearts, and we want to ensure its reputation and the memories we share for the game end on a high note.

Once again, we will be holding events throughout the process of preparing for the game's end, and we encourage players and fans of the franchise to join forces and enjoy their time in a game that we've enjoyed supporting for more than eight years.

The NCSOFT® Team 





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  • RecoreRecore Posts: 5,090Member Uncommon
    Sad news indeed but all things live and then they die. Amazing video, I hope you all find another mmo to enjoy.
    Raptr Gamercard
  • SephrosSephros Somewhere, CAPosts: 396Member Uncommon
    Boom. Headshot.

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  • xagarelicxagarelic BogorPosts: 12Member
    *sigh* I guess it's time to take down my facebook cover photo
  • superniceguysuperniceguy AnchorheadPosts: 2,278Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Mannish
    Sad news indeed but all things live and then they die. Amazing video, I hope you all find another mmo to enjoy.

    At least now we know where we stand with them.

    But  this has been the story of 2012.

    SWG died, go play EQOA, that died, go play PSU, that goes to get shut down, go play DCUO, that died with SOE in EU and ProSieben is crap, go play COH that laste 2 weeks, and now is set to close.

    There is no stability any more! All comanies are just into making MASSIVE profit, except SOE, who resurrceted EQmac and operated completely free to play - no cash shop etc. SOE had stability, but then do stupid and partner with a lack of security company, called ProSieben.

    4 (or about 10 if you count SOE closing down EU to ProSieben) MMOs shut down within the year, and no new MMOs worthy to replace them

    Currenttly I am playing STO, but I wonder which one is next to shut down. STO has a 6 month plan, so that has 6 months at least. SOE highlighted a 12 month plan with SWG at the start of 2011, implying that they work out a 12 month plan each year, so no worries of closure before 2012 or even 2013... Guess not!!

    MMOs are on their way out - they are getting shorter and shorter and shallower and shallower and free to play is being abused and is simply a rip off, instead of being implemented smartly - The only thing that should be purchased in free to play is extra content, which gets you to play quests that get you items instead of using shop to instantly to buy items without playing game, plus things like extra char slots

  • JackdogJackdog Charleston, SCPosts: 6,344Member
    Played this game for a month or two at release, never really got into it, but remember it fondly anyway. Sad to see it go.

    I miss DAoC

  • ZefireZefire lol, CAPosts: 676Member
    Surprised people are still playing this game.lol
  • elvenwolfelvenwolf RomePosts: 139Member

    I am honestly sorry to see ti go. 

    A little part of me has always been with the game, i did play it extensively, and i do love it.

    Watch the video and know is going to close made me feel a bit heavy of heart, i have many fond memories of that game.

  • LeoghanLeoghan Herndon, VAPosts: 607Member
    This is unfortunate for the fans of the game, I know this was the game of choice for Super Hero MMOers. The problem is that they are a niche group in a niche group. 
  • CecropiaCecropia The Great White North, ONPosts: 3,471Member Uncommon
    I have many great memories of this game. Sad to hear that they couldn't keep her running any longer. I sincerely hope that those of you who are currently playing find a new mmo home sooner than later. 

    "Mr. Rothstein, your people never will understand... the way it works out here. You're all just our guests. But you act like you're at home. Let me tell you something, partner. You ain't home. But that's where we're gonna send you if it harelips the governor." - Pat Webb

  • SereneBlueSereneBlue Dallas, TXPosts: 32Member

    Much sympathy to CoH fans.

     

    I can understand. MY BF and I played Hellgate right up to the very second Flagship shut off the servers. I remember everyone gathering around and the various guilds were running around saying their final goodbyes. Sad moment.

     

    Hope CoH fans find something new to give many more years of good mmo memories.

  • adam_noxadam_nox hays, KSPosts: 2,073Member Uncommon

    they could have sold the rights and the code to the game, not for the millions they'd expect (I remember when people were trying to buy the rights to EnB, so I know what absurd amounts these companies ask for), but they'd rather just have it dissapear completely rather than have someone else bring it back and make it profitable.

     

    In other words, it's all a load of bullcrap they are feeding us.  They don't want to service it and they don't want anyone else to do it if they don't.

  • SiveriaSiveria Saint John, New BrunswickPosts: 1,198Member Uncommon
    Funny thing about earth and beyond, EA shut it down because they didn't want it to compete with sims online. the sad thing? sims online pretty much died the first month it was out, by the 2nd most people left, EnB lasted over a year and still had a healthy playerbase when ea closed it. From what I hear EA didn't want EnB to comepete with Sims online, which is kinda stupid when both games cater to 2 very diffrent types of players.

    Being a pessimist is a win-win pattern of thinking. If you're a pessimist (I'll admit that I am!) you're either:

    A. Proven right (if something bad happens)

    or

    B. Pleasantly surprised (if something good happens)

    Either way, you can't lose! Try it out sometime!

  • TheocritusTheocritus Gary, INPosts: 3,731Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Zefire
    Surprised people are still playing this game.lol

          Same here...With so many MMOs out today Im sure they can find a new home.

  • JenadaraJenadara Nowhere, TXPosts: 95Member
    I met the luv of my life on this game. It will always have a special place in our hearts. :) Long live the "Law Bringers" on the Liberty server.
  • AnofalyeAnofalye Quebec, QCPosts: 7,433Member

    The last MMO I ever played seriously...I kept very fond and good memories of this game.

     

    CoX is a start with the minimum I expect from any new MMOs...I would probably still be playing it if they haven't been on a nerfing crusade (to balance a PvP which never interest the player base.

     

    If you draw it to the bottom, a RPG experience is about been with a few friends (not hundred of strangers competing against you), to have an epic journey to save/destroy the world and somehow manage it against impossible odds, all while sitting quietly around a table and drinking a cola/beer.  It doesn't have to be turn base, but if you lose yourself in the shooter pitrap, you lost quite a few players.  It doesn't have to be PvE, but you can't have half of the players lose everytime.  It doesn't have to be with only 6 persons, but if you can't name everyone you are with and talk about how they are (nicely or badly) for at least 10 minutes, if not hours, then you have too many peoples around you!  You should rarely be indifferent to another player, and you should almost never see them as competitors...not that I don't like to compete, but first and foremost, the game should make you see all players as options that you may opt for to advance in a way or another.

     

    For this, CoX did a LOT better than most other "MMOs" out there, and I salute you!

     

    /played

     

    /wave

     

    /cry

     

    /quit

    - "If I understand you well, you are telling me until next time. " - Ren

  • jinxxed0jinxxed0 columbia, SCPosts: 838Member
    Originally posted by Theocritus
    Originally posted by Zefire
    Surprised people are still playing this game.lol

          Same here...With so many MMOs out today Im sure they can find a new home.

    Shows how much you two know. To MMO vets like myself CoH was one of the very few MMOs worth playing. Just until you're tired of your fantasy medival cookie cutter MMO.

  • DauzqulDauzqul Detroit, MIPosts: 1,398Member Uncommon
    I remember the day SWG died. It sucked... especially knowing what has replaced them, e.g., half-hassed corporate created entities such as SWTOR etc.
  • AmbrosiaAmorAmbrosiaAmor Miami, FLPosts: 915Member

    Not surprised this is NCSoft we are talking about. I think every single MMORPG released (developed) by them have either shut down or have gone F2P or P2W with severe server merges; in the WEST.

     

    They seem to be a pretty "aggressive" company in terms of when to shut down a game. It seems that it isn't worth the time and effort (for the top 2% of the company) to keep a game running if it is barely running above the breaking even point.

     

    I mean is there currently any successful P2P NCSoft (developer) MMORPG in 2012?

     

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  • AkulasAkulas GoldcoastPosts: 1,615Member Uncommon
     Sucks to see it go but make there big metorites fall from the sky and aliens spawn everywhere and we kill all the aliens but then somebody who is meant to be a good guy gets angry and the world ends up in little pieces everywhere. Never played the game before but the END OF WORLD quest or would be a good way to go not that there can every be any good way to end a game.

    This isn't a signature, you just think it is.

  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Stone Mountain, GAPosts: 13,633Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by AmbrosiaAmor

    They seem to be a pretty "aggressive" company in terms of when to shut down a game. It seems that it isn't worth the time and effort (for the top 2% of the company) to keep a game running if it is barely running above the breaking even point.

     

    Exactly, for example there's Dungeon Runne... oh wait, they kept that running far longer than any other company would have. Hmmm... so let's go with Exteel becaus.. oh wait, that they also kept alive well beyond a point any other company would have. Auto Assault... well, see the other two.  Tabula Rasa? Extremely expensive debacle that immediately hemmorhaged subs... and money... and staff.

    Can you list the games you were referring to?

    There isn't a "right" or "wrong" way to play, if you want to use a screwdriver to put nails into wood, have at it, simply don't complain when the guy next to you with the hammer is doing it much better and easier. - Allein
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  • HokieHokie Vancouver Wa.Posts: 1,063Member Uncommon

    I have to say I does make me sad.

    I stayed sunscribed for about 4-6 months (I think) to both CoHeros and CoVillians. And I have to say I did love jumpimg into a group of enemies with my scrapper and just wailing with martial arts. As a matter of fact I can still hear the sound that one kick makes that would send a bad guy flying.

     

    The problem was there was no real..meat to the world, to the game. all I remember was just grnding away on the three different missions. Escort, duel, or object recovey. And I truely think it was superior (especially COH) in every way to Champions Online, except in the graphics dept.

     

    I think the game deserves better.

    Yup, I can still remember earning my cape...

    "I understand that if I hear any more words come pouring out of your **** mouth, Ill have to eat every fucking chicken in this room."

  • AmbrosiaAmorAmbrosiaAmor Miami, FLPosts: 915Member
    Originally posted by Loktofeit
    Originally posted by AmbrosiaAmor

    They seem to be a pretty "aggressive" company in terms of when to shut down a game. It seems that it isn't worth the time and effort (for the top 2% of the company) to keep a game running if it is barely running above the breaking even point.

     

    Exactly, for example there's Dungeon Runne... oh wait, they kept that running far longer than any other company would have. Hmmm... so let's go with Exteel becaus.. oh wait, that they also kept alive well beyond a point any other company would have. Auto Assault... well, see the other two.  Tabula Rasa? Extremely expensive debacle that immediately hemmorhaged subs... and money... and staff.

    Can you list the games you were referring to?

    Well I was specifically pointing out P2P MMORPG games that were eventually closed in the West or became F2P or P2W games with a huge reduction in servers. I am not sure if you read my response entirely.

     

    You pointed out 2 games and gave an example with Dungeon Runners. That game barely lasted for 3 years. I don't expect games to last for 15 years (or coming close to it) like EverQuest. But most of us hope that the next title we play won't close down in less than 4 years.

     

    That is why I pointed out that question in bold/underline.

     

    These are the games that have been shut down by them in the WEST (mostly not all).

     

    Auto Assault

    Dungeon Runners

    Dragonica

    Exteel

    Point Blank

    Tabula Rasa

    City of Heroes

    Lineage I

     

    I didn't include Guild Wars 1/2 since ArenaNet is the developer. The only major title I can think of that is still available in the West (MMORPG) is Aion; although no longer P2P. The only major title that has been announced in the foreseeable future 2013-2014 is Blade & Soul.

     

    So as it currently stands, I will ask again, is there currently any successful P2P NCSoft (developer) MMORPG in 2012?

     

    Everything else has been shut down, with very few exceptions, and the only major title (developed) by them is Blade & Soul.

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  • MontaronxMontaronx SchiedamPosts: 260Member Uncommon
    Aion?

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  • DavisFlightDavisFlight Talahasee, FLPosts: 2,556Member
    Originally posted by Theocritus
    Originally posted by Zefire
    Surprised people are still playing this game.lol

          Same here...With so many MMOs out today Im sure they can find a new home.

    You haven't noticed how the vast majority of MMORPGs made after 2004 suck and die right after launch?

    There haven't been many MMOs in the last 8 years that can hold a candle to the Golden Age MMOs, which CoH is a part of.

  • JeroKaneJeroKane OsloPosts: 5,353Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Montaronx
    Aion?

    Aion is now free 2 play and it didn't help much.

    Hardly anyone is spending money in the cashshop.

    So this game will be next on the "hack" block to be closed down here in the West.

    Gameforge already destroyed the population in EU with their famous craptastic hosting and contineous screw ups lol.

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