It's game over for Paragon as Epic announces its closure

Epic to shut down Paragon, offers full refunds

It's game over for Paragon as Epic announces its closure

The free-to-play (F2P) multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game will end its run on 26 April.

"After careful consideration, and many hard 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", says a blog post. As such, "Paragon" will officially be shutting down by April 26.

Now this is a bit amusing as in February 2017, the company revealed that the game had more than 5.7 registered players.

Meanwhile, Epic's Fortnite has just hit 40 million players. Paragon was, for all intents and purposes, trying to cash in on the popularity of SMITE and it seemed like decent competition at first - but it was plagued by development focused too heavily on trying to turn a profit and not enough communication with their players.

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Thanking players for all their commitment and loyalty, the statement read: 'We truly appreciate everything you've put into Paragon. Epic said that it received great support from fans of the game, with passionate and thoughtful ideas and suggestions from the "incredible community", however the game never sparked enough interested with the wider gaming community.

Although Epic has offered full refunds, Paragon's community is unhappy and is now rallying to save the game.

Paragon, the third-person MOBA from Epic Games, will cease operations this spring.

Paragon's fate may also make fans of Unreal Tournament fear for the franchise's latest instalment, which is now being worked on, as key players from the development team for Unreal helped create Fortnite. The refund will come directly from Epic Games instead of platform providers or retailers. It involves creating and linking an Epic account (if you don't already have one linked to the game) and then going to this page. "As the player population continues to decrease, matchmaking times and quality will further degrade", the post concludes.

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