Despite a fan petition that is over 20,000 signatures strong, NCsoft will still be closing MMO City of Heroes this November. Sad but true.

An official NCsoft statement on the matter explains that the petition and show of support for the game is appreciated, but it’s not enough to save the ailing MMO which will shut its doors on 30 November.

“We wanted to let you know that your voices have been heard and your concerns have been taken into serious consideration,”reads the statement. “We appreciate the overwhelmingly constructive and positive messages in the emails, notes, and packages you’ve sent in support of the game.

“It has not been an easy decision for us to close Paragon Studios and prepare to shut down City of Heroes. We’ve 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. City of Heroes has a special place in all of our hearts, and we want to ensure its reputation and the memories we share for the game end on a high note.

“Once again, we will be holding events throughout the process of preparing for the game’s end, and we encourage players and fans of the franchise to join forces and enjoy their time in a game that we’ve enjoyed supporting for more than eight years.”

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