NCSoft announced it's shutting down free-to-play superhero MMO City of Heroes by the end of the year, as well as disbanding its developer, Paragon Studios. The game was first launched in 2004 and switched to a free-to-play model in 2011. At its peak, City of Heroes had 200,000 subscribers.
The game will receive no further development and the servers are expected to be turned off later this year. All current subscriptions for the game will be discontinued effective immediately and exact dates of when the game will go offline will be made available in the next few weeks.
'The team here at Paragon deserves special praise for all that we have accomplished over the last five years,' said Paragon Studios community manager Andy Belford. 'To any potential studios looking to grow your team; hire these people. You won't regret it.'
Included below is a video that shows off some City of Heroes gameplay.