Just more evidence of a terrible 2012 in MMO-dom.
I remember the mass objection years ago to pay-for-betas, where players refused to consider having to pay money to access an unfinished title, but now it seems almost accepted that Kickstarter MMOs like Pathfinder Online bundle up beta access as a backer reward years before beta actually starts.
With City of Heroes / Villains closing at the end of November, I’ve been a touch nostalgic for things now long gone. One of the the things that occurred to me was that sometime long ago I’d written some text that appeared in the Paragon Times, meaning I had contributed an iota of CoH/V official lore.
Going through other bits of info online,my first article about what happened to CoH 2.0 stirred up a confirmation from another source.
NCsoft issued a statement about the future of City of Heroes / Villains (CoH/V). The TL;DR version is “It’s still shutting down”. The full statement says: “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 …
… NCsoft wasn’t interested. Anonymously-sourced rumours follow.
Following on from some previous posts: In a City of Heroes / Villains (CoH/) livestream summary it has been confirmed that Cryptic Studios isn’t blocking CoH/V’s engine licence from being renewed – “the license was purchased in perpetuity for CoH and another unreleased project”; and Jim Hague, who worked on the never released CoH pen-and-paper …
The CoH/V community is making the loudest noise I can remember seeing in trying to save their title, getting 14 613 signatures in less than a week at the time of writing.
I’m aware that for a lot of CoH/V players “Blame Jack Emmert / Cryptic Studios” is the default position when anything goes wrong, but I don’t see this rumour really being backed by the truth.
I was surprised to see a large spike in my site traffic today, especially to older posts about how many players CoH/V had. Then I looked further and saw that NCsoft announced its intentions to shut down CoH/V and Paragon Studios. This has taken a lot of people by surprise, given that it seemed that …