Tonight at midnight Pacific Standard Time, City of Heroes will be shut down.
Or whatever it is they have chosen to call it. But it will be gone all the same. The heroes will be told to hang up their capes and move on with their lives.
But, at this point, it does not look like there will be any last minute reprieve.
The appointed hour approaches.
Among other things, CoH is another former subscription MMORPG that looked to boost its bottom line by going free to play. However, we are now in an age where free to play is the norm. Subscription only MMOs are now the rare breed. “Free” is no longer the inducement it once was. And so, while reportedly still making money, CoH became a very small percentage of NCsoft sales, being folded into the “other” category for the last quarterly report.
I think if City of Heroes had been more core to the NCsoft corporate story, the way EverQuest is to SOE, we would have seen a lot more work on the part of the company to keep it around. However, from NCsofts point of view, CoH might seem like Cryptic’s game. A game that NCsoft published, then bought out, which was never a huge source of revenue for them, and was always something of an outsider.
Heroes are ever loners.
It is Lineage that is to NCsoft what EverQuest is to SOE. It is core to their culture, popular in their home country, and still bringing in a lot of money after 14 years. City of Heroes is just something in the “other” category, soon to be struck from the list altogether.
And so it goes.
How soon until there is a private server? Somebody must be working on that.