Friday, August 31, 2012

News Filter: City Of Heroes To Close

  • Via Polygon, word comes that NCSoft's City Of Heroes, the first superhero MMO, is targeted for closure.

  • In some ways, it is not surprising. COH was old school in the vein of Everquest. It has modernized much over time. But at its core, it is a game that reacted to the earlier generation of MMOs, unable to take clues from World of Warcraft. That's going to be plus is some people's minds, but it undoubtably limits the scope of people who would be interested in the game.

  • Of course, I speak from a perspective of someone who hasn't played the game in several years. I was never able to fit into the game when I did try. Then once Champions Online was released, there was no reason for me to ever go back.

  • It's sad to see any game close, especially one with such a towering heritage in the MMO genre. I hope there is a hacker out there perfecting their private server so that we don't loose the game to oblivion.

© 2012 Marty Runyon. All rights reserved.

4 comments:

  1. Dang it! That's one of my favorite MMOs. I had no idea it was doing so poorly.

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    1. I'm trying to figure out if this is the first big flameout of a game that did the sub-to-F2P switch. Are you aware of any others?

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    2. I can't think of any off the top of my head. Though I'd be amazed if Pirates of the Burning Sea is doing a ton of business, I never hear anything about it.

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  2. Wow, suddenly I am filled with sadness and regret for not spending more time in game. Oh well, it was bound to happen sooner or later.

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