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The Save City of Heroes Campaign Reveals NCsoft’s Firewall of Silence

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Posted on October 24, 2012 AT 08:32am

The Save City of Heroes group has revealed the firewall of silence that NCsoft has erected around the upcoming closure of City of Heroes.

The game is due to be shutdown on November 30, despite a massive campaign to save it spear-headed by The Titan Network–a group of players dedicated to making the most of there final few weeks in the game–which quickly gained the support of New York Times best-selling author Mercedes Lackey, Neil Gaiman, Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin, The Guild’s Felicia Day, and online comic strip Penny Arcade, as well as several thousand players, some of who didn’t even play the game.

Along with this, a petition was signed by over 21 thousand fans begging NCsoft to reconsider the closure, a mass rally was held in-game, fans raised the money to buy the developers a fancy dinner, and capes and masks were sent NC Soft’s offices in Austin, Seattle, and South Korea by thousands of players.

However, it was all in vain as on October 2 the publisher issued a statement saying that it had “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.”

Of course this is where the twist occurs, the Save City of Heroes community claim to know of at least two investment groups who wished to purchase the license, but NCsoft never replied to their offers. This led the group to contact NCsoft regarding these offers, the questions asked were:

  • What attempts were made to sell Paragon Studios?
  • What attempts were made to sell the intellectual property rights, and how they were exhausted?
  • Why a number of potential investors who came forward to try and buy the rights, did not receive a response from NC Soft?
  • How NC exhausted all the options for the sale of the game, Paragon Studios or the Intellectual Property, given that the game is not due for closure until November 30?
  • Why NC Soft did not consider combining servers, putting the game in maintenance mode and keeping it running without further developments or updates, or allowing people to create their own, private servers?
  • Why NC Soft will not to publicly name a price that they would be willing to accept for either Paragon Studios, or City of Heroes itself?

After around two weeks of no response Lincoln Davis, director of corporate communications at NCsoft’s Seattle Office, offered this reply, “I wanted to let you know that we will be declining your interview request as it relates to the sun setting of City of Heroes.”

So it appears that no amount of campaigning is going to save this community’s beloved game, NCsoft appears to have made up its mind and all players can do is enjoy their last few weeks before the game closes on November 30.

Are you sad to see the game go? What are your plans for the final few weeks? Let us know in the comments below.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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