It’s safe to say I will never ever buy another product, game, or service that NCsoft has ever touched.
I thought THIS was a very interesting article taking a look at the closure of Paragon Studios & City of Heroes, and its effect on NCSoft. It’s hampered a little by lack of insider information (limiting its scope to publicly available sources), but is quite insightful.
Especially this part;
While NCSoft is covered largely by EULA statements, there are potential avenues for cases for fraud being brought against NCSoft in the case of long term advance subscription purchases. By allowing for Paragon Studios to continue work on expansion content, heavily advertising that content, and releasing new content, it is reasonable to assume many paying customers were doing so with the expectation of being able to play said content. If it could be shown NCSoft intended to do this in advance intentionally allowing Paragon to continue with the expectation of offering time on new releases (example: Guild Wars 2) as compensation, ‘bait and switch’ related fraud charges might be successfully applied in US and UK courts.
I’ll continue to watch what happens around City of Heroes and the community efforts to save it with interest…
We’re working to get our story out to the non-gaming media.
Ok, this is just a rumor, but according to what could be a semi-reliable source on the forums, within an hour of NCSoft making their closure statement, SOE and one other un-named publisher made offers for the game.
Like I said, this is just a rumor - and even if it was true, it’d still rely on NCSoft agreeing to sell rather then shut down the game.
Okay, it’d be great to have CoH up and running again, but don’t NCSoft own only the IP? I was under the impression that the game engine itself was leased from Perfect World/Cryptic Studios, owners of Champions Online, who’d certainly be unlikely to want to continue allowing the use of that engine unless it was for an EXTREMELY high (ie prohibitively high) cost.
Yes, I want to see Paragon City back, but without the game engine it would be a very different beast, don’t you think?