Somewhere, somehow, Paragon quickly became one of the most beloved MOBA’s by many a fan. The third-person action MOBA gained a lot of attention when it first appeared during the PlayStation Experience 2015 even in L.A. Developed at Epic Games, the MOBA seemed to be making a fast-track for the big leagues rather quickly.
Launching in closed Alpha on March 16, 2016, fans began to quickly talk about the closed beta title. Many applauding its verticality, graphics, and unique gameplay elements that many MOBA’s to date have not offered. In the fall of 2017, the game would see several big changes including a new map, new abilities, and surprisingly enough, a reworked “card” system, which would allow fans to pick and choose what builds worked best for them.
The news breaks only days after a developer spoke up on Reddit stating that the future of Paragon was uncertain and much of the Paragon and Unreal Tournament teams had already been reassigned onto Fortnite: Battle Royale due to its continually growing popularity. Unfortunately, it seems the news is true for such a unique MOBA.
As one of the only two third-person MOBA’s to date, Paragon seemed like it had its work cut out for it in order to keep bringing new fans in and retaining its veteran players. However, as of today, that has all changed as Epic Games has announced that Paragon, their trademark MOBA title, will be closing its servers on April 26, 2018. You can read the official statement down below.
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.
While the player base has never been quite as big as that of Smite or League of Legends, Epic Games had a lot going for it. Queue times for the action-themed MOBA were never exceeding 2-3 minutes at any one time and the game seemed more stable than ever in its current build.
But as many of us know, all things good will eventually come to an end. At this time, Epic Games has stated they are offering full refunds to fans regardless of the time they purchased the game. You can request a refund via their Official Epic Games help center. However, you will need to provide them with your PayPal information as well as the date of your first transaction, how much it was, and what platform it was made on.
Unfortunately, even as a title that was a partnership between Sony and Epic Games, we’ve not heard any news if Sony will be picking up the game or if Paragon will be fading into obscurity in the future.
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