Epic Games Announces Paragon to Shut Down in April; Offers Refunds to All Players
Epic Games' MOBA Paragon will officially be closing down this spring in light of the game struggling to find and sustain a large enough player base.
After first debuting in Early Access back in 2016, Epic Games’ Paragon brought players a unique mix of the ever-popular MOBA genre with a variety of other gameplay flavors, though the studio has now acknowledged that the game will be shutting down within the next few months.
Epic Games announced in a blog post today that Paragon will be shutting down on April 26th, 2018, explaining that the decision to end the game’s support has been made “with heavy hearts.” Citing “careful consideration” and “many difficult internal debates,” Epic explained candidly that “we feel there isn’t a clear path for us to grow Paragon into a MOBA that retains enough players to be sustainable.” The game’s servers will be maintained on PS4 and PC until their closure in late April, according to the studio.
Epic also added in their statement that “we didn’t execute well enough to deliver on the promise of Paragon,” but thanked the game’s loyal community for “everything you’ve put into Paragon.” Despite the game’s clear lack of a large-enough player-base to sustain its development, Epic also stated that the studio will provide full refunds to players of the game on every platform, which will come directly from the studio (as opposed to the individual platform provider). Details on obtaining a refund from the company can be found here.
This news comes just a week after the studio provided an update saying that the studio was considering what the game’s future might look like, while adding that some of the development team was being moved over to Fortnite and, specifically, its “Battle Royale” standalone mode, which has rapidly gained in popularity since debuting last fall on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac.
Paragon is currently available on PS4 and PC, with the game’s servers to remain active until April 26th, 2018.