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Say your goodbyes: Paragon officially shuts down tomorrow

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Update, April 26: Paragon officially shuts down tomorrow morning.

Earlier this year, Epic announced the shutdown of Paragon for April 26, but there’s still a bit of time left before things go down for good. In post to the game’s subreddit, Epic confirmed the shutdown time for April 27 at 5:00 PDT / 8:00 EDT / 12:00 GMT. “At that time it will no longer be available via the Epic Games Launcher.”

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Epic have been cautious about directly linking the Paragon shutdown with Fortnite’s success, but they have said the battle royale’s astronomic rise did call the potential fortunes of the actions-MOBA into question. They’ve used the work to help other developers, though, with Paragon’s assets going free in Unreal Engine 4.

 

If you want to say goodbye to Paragon, or just want a chance to check it out before it’s gone for good, you’ve got less than 24 hours to go.

Original story, January 26: Last week, Epic publicly said they weren’t certain about the future of their free-to-play action MOBA, Paragon. Today, they’ve confirmed that the game will be shutting down as of April 26, 2018.

“After careful consideration,” the official announcement says, “and many difficult internal debates, we feel there isn’t a clear path for us to grow Paragon into a MOBA that retains enough players to be sustainable. We didn’t execute well enough to deliver on the promise of Paragon. We have failed you -- despite the team’s incredibly hard work -- and we’re sorry.”

Epic will provide full refunds to Paragon players “for every purchase on any platform.” They don’t mention any time constraints or other limitations for these refunds. You can request money back through their refund portal.

Paragon’s servers will continue normal operation until April 26, but Epic warn that as player counts decrease matchmaking times and quality will “further degrade.” Nonetheless, this will be your last chance to check out Paragon before it’s gone for good.

The previous statement suggested that the developers were rethinking their efforts with Paragon in part due to the success of Fortnite, which shined a light on the MOBA’s relative lack of growth. It’s disappointing to see any game fail, but it is nice to see Epic able to make good regarding players’ investments in the game, especially given the notably disastrous shutdowns of games like Marvel Heroes.

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The Great Gratzby Avatar
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3 Months ago

Paragon was doomed. It entered an already saturated market with nothing to recommend it over established titles, and the dirty, realistic grit of the Unreal engine just didn't do it enough favors to compensate. Like a hundred MMOs before it and a hundred Battle Royale games to come, it was never destined to be anything more than a thin layer of grease in the strata of its time.

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ElioExp Avatar
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3 Months ago

This is not true, nobody in the Epic Team has said anything related with the end of development of the game.

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WhiteCrow Avatar
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3 Months ago

A shame, and I understand the decision. "He's dead, Jim." sums it up.

At least they're making good on player purchases. If they're willing to do that there's not a whole lot to complain about, unless you enjoyed playing the game of course.

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[GM] SocietyX Avatar
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3 Months ago

The sad thing about Paragon is the game did have so much potential. It got overlooked I think because Devs failed to stick to a vision for the game. They came in with lots of unique ideas, then remade the whole game, and then did it again, and again. There was 3-4 different games atleast that came out under name Paragon. Vastly different style, speed, and map. Epic never seemed to know what they wanted. But they did so many things that were cool and nobody else is doing in MOBA space, it just wasn't cohesive enough to maintain and build an audience for it.

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QDP2 Avatar
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3 Months ago

Thanks for the post, will claim back that pre-order.

God that was almost 2 years ago now, April 2016... Thought the game held so much promise then too. A real shame it never held up in gameplay to its graphics. I always found the server latency meant I couldn't play comfortably without lag, but maybe that was because of the earlier builds.

We can just hope now that the artists and programmers who worked on Paragon get to keep their jobs in Epic games, or if not then the company helps them set up into new software-related jobs.

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Chromatose Avatar
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3 Months ago

Part of the reason Paragon got shut down was to shift the development team over to working on more updates to Fortnite.

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SinPunisher Avatar
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3 Months ago

Well since they've worked for Epic Games that should easily open doors instantly for them anywhere in the game industry.

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QDP2 Avatar
986
3 Months ago

This collapse of the company works as a stain on their CVs. A banner saying "I worked on a failed game" is the same as saying "I was an actor/director/cameraman on a film that flopped". This label makes other companies question why the game failed in their hands; so the gameplay designers/programmers may have a hard time jumping back into their next job on their own.

That's where the hope comes in. Often games companies that can't keep their employees hunt for a company to take them in instead of leaving them to hunt for themselves. It helps avoid the problem of applying with the negative reputation that comes through failures.

With Epic being a group focused on creating a game engine first and foremost, we can hope they have space inside their company to keep the workers rather than disband the group.

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SinPunisher Avatar
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3 Months ago

Well since they've worked for Epic Games that should easily open doors instantly for them anywhere in the game industry.

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TsunamiWombat Avatar
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3 Weeks ago

So much for ACTUAL GRAPHICS

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Aever Avatar
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3 Weeks ago

That is sad indeed ...

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