After a week of waiting for an update from Epic, today they have confirmed they will shut down Paragon.
As someone who plays daily, to say I am gutted is an understatement. This is a very sad end to a game that showed so much promise. In my last article, I outlined some of the problems the game faces, and despite community support, Epic not willing to invest any more money in the project. This is a real shame becasue they have been given plenty of feedback on how to improve the game and what needs priority attention.
In this age of gaming, it’s frustrating to see that money carries so much weight and good projects can be dumped so easily. Paragon could have been profitable if Epic had listened to the community. As they say themselves, “We have failed you”. Yes Epic, you really did fail on this one.
The full statement reads:
It’s with heavy hearts we’ve decided to close down Paragon.
We truly appreciate everything you’ve put into Paragon. We received many passionate ideas for where to take the game; the outpouring of thoughtful suggestions is another testament to this incredible community.
After careful consideration, 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.
To try to make this right, Epic is offering a full refund to every Paragon player for every purchase on any platform. This refund will come directly from Epic rather than your platform provider.
To request your refund, follow these steps:
- If you’re not playing on PC, link your Epic account (create one if necessary).
- If you play on PC, or have already linked your Epic account, you can request your refund here.
We’ll continue operating Paragon servers until April 26, 2018. As the player population continues to decrease, matchmaking times and quality will further degrade.
Thank you for joining us on this journey and for your dedication to Paragon.
The success of Fortnite has been the nail in the coffin for Paragon which is a real kick in the nuts for players who have supported Paragon for years.
It’s likely this is the end for the game, but if another developer picked this up, that would be outstanding.
I will now leave you with this trailer which got everyone so excited when it was first announced. Cracking video.