City Of Heroes Goes Out With A Roar And A Bang

Last night NCsoft shut down City of Heroes, a landmark game that eight years ago brought the thrills of super powers and comic book crime-fighting to an MMO role-playing world.

City of Heroes had an intensely dedicated community which fought to save the game when news of the closure was announced. When those efforts failed, they raised $US1,000 to give the Paragon Studios team a nice dinner out, a very classy gesture especially as that studio was being closed along with the game. (The community also started "Real World Hero", which has raised more than $US4000 for charity.)

Here are some videos users captured of the game's final moments, and some of the valedictory tweets sent as the game came to an end. The image above was sent by Richard Cobbett, a freelance writer in the U.K.

Most of the action was in Atlas Park, where heroes and villains held rallies. We begin with WayTooLateTV in the lair of an archvillain: "The final few minutes of City of Heroes, following @BigAngry as he has a gift for Lord Recluse."


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    There more to the back story of coh shutdown..take a look a titan forums for more info on coh shut down. coh was still a money maker and on the last night most of there servers were over loaded. They had buyers for the game but ncsoft would not sell the ip to the game.

    From a publisher (NCSoft) standpoint, everything about the CoH closure is a shining example of how *not* to do it.

    1. Completely without warning, even the developers were caught unprepared.
    2. No legitimate reasons given, just a pretentious "realignment of company vision" or something along those lines.
    3. Closing in-game accounts of people who spoke out against them on social media sites.
    4. Refusal to comment on just about everything surrounding the closure, effectively sticking their fingers in their ears and shouting "LALALA" over the noise.

    Fair enough, it's their business and they're allowed to handle it however they want, but this whole debacle has seriously damaged any sort of respectability they could have left. I know I for one will be steering clear of the NCSoft brand if this is how they can be expected to conduct themselves.

      Just like they have the right to handle the business anyway they want, I have the right to complain as hard as I want because god damn was the whole situation BS.

    Condolences everyone. Looks like fun. Never played it.

    Never played it, but it would have been nice if the devs had been afforded the opportunity to make something special out of the end. I'm thinking a cataclysm type event, end the world by.. well, destroying the world. Have a series of unbeatable super bosses tear the world apart (but not actually kill any characters), untill the ground beneath each player just crumbles away and they fall into the abyss.

    That would have been a heroic way to go.

      Yup.. or just do it the NCSoft way and disconnect the servers at midnight without any fanfare.

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