City of Heroes Closing down

Farewell, from all of us at Paragon Studios

This morning we announced that Paragon Studios will be taking to the skies of City of Heroes for the last time.

In a realignment of company focus and publishing support, NCsoft has made the decision to close Paragon Studios. Effective immediately, all development on City of Heroes will cease and we will begin preparations to sunset the world’s first, and best, Super Hero MMORPG before the end of the year. As part of this, all recurring subscription billing and Paragon Market purchasing will be discontinued effective immediately. We will have more information regarding a detailed timeline for the cessation of services and what you can expect in game in the coming weeks.

The team here at Paragon deserves special praise for all that we have accomplished over the last 5+ years. These developers are some of the most creative and talented people in the gaming industry. By now, we’ve all been given this news internally, but to anyone who may be reading this message after the fact; know that your hard work and dedication has not gone unappreciated or unnoticed. To any potential studios looking to grow your team; hire these people. You won’t regret it.

To our Community,

Thank you. Thank you for your years of support. You’ve been with us every step of the way, sharing in our challenges, encouraging us to make City of Heroes better, more than everyone else thought it could be. We couldn’t have come this far without you. I implore you all, focus on the good things of CoH and Paragon Studios. Don’t dwell on the “how” or the “why”, but rather join us in celebrating the legacy of an amazing partnership between the players and the development team.

Thank you, and I’ll see you in the skies, one last time.

Andy Belford

Community Manager

Paragon Studios.

The game will be closing for good on 30th November.

City of Heroes : Summer Blockbuster event!

This summer, City of Heroes® brings you an exciting double feature event of pulse-pounding action in the Summer Blockbuster Event! In these new back-to-back adventures inspired by classic movie themes, you battle through time or plan the perfect heist. The Summer Blockbuster Event is more action-packed and exhilarating than this year’s summer flicks. The best part? You’re the star!

Summer Blockbuster

Time Gladiator

Time Gladiator Time Gladiator

You are thrust through time into a time-lost gladiatorial arena. To escape, you must defeat the three champions of the coliseum and their bizarre and dangerous henchmen. Waiting for the most brilliant and deadly of combatants, at the end of it all, is the great God-Champion. Deadly assassins, gunslinging outlaws, cybernetic soldiers, and mythical monsters come at you tooth and nail in a frenzied and ferocious battle! Sway the arena’s crowd with your ferocity or cleverness to gain valuable buffs in this quintessential combat set piece.

The Casino Heist

Casino Heist Casino Heist

A vast fortune hides behind the doors of the Tyrant’s Palace Casino. With the right plan and a smart crew, this job could set you up for life. The only things in your way are armed guards, a state-of-the-art security system, and an impenetrable vault. It’s time for a no-holds-barred battle for fistfuls of cash! Form a crew with a hitter, a hacker, a grifter, and a thief. Each team member has a unique role and abilities that let you pull off the biggest job ever!

The 2012 Salute to Statesman

The 2012 Loyalty Program is starting soon!

Maintain your VIP subscription from December 1st 2011 to March 31st 2012, and you will receive the following items on April 18th , 2012, on all of your existing and newly created characters:

  • Tempered Through Fire, a new Account-Wide Badge.
  • The Helm of Zeus and the Helm of Tartarus. Two new helmets, inspired by Statesman and Lord Recluse.
  • Paragon, a new Chest Emblem that all Heroes or Villains can wear proudly.
  • The Inner Will costume change emote. Tap into primal forces to change into a new costume.
  • A non-combat companion pet.
  • The Battle Fury Aura. Your character will appear to be channeling awesome cosmic powers.

So make sure your subscription doesn’t run out anytime between December 1st 2011 to March 31st 2012 and that’s all yours!

In the meantime, here are a couple of concept art pieces for the Helm of Zeus and the Helm of Tartarus so you can already start imagining how you’ll use them for your existing or new characters!

Helm of Zeus
Helm of Tartarus