The demolition of City of Heroes is a few weeks away and while fans of the superhero MMORPG are very vocal about it, the software firm behind the eviction has been accused of remaining very quiet.
Questions from the campaigners who claim the eight-year game remains profitable seem to have fallen on deaf ears at NCsoft. An announcement from the South Korean makers of Guild Wars 2 said earlier this month that all options to keep the series alive had been exhausted. However, members of the campaign to keep the lights switched on in Paragon City after November 30 are a bit disbelieving.
Tony Vazquez of the Titan Network, who has spearheaded the Save City of Heroes Campaign, said: “When I read that NCsoft feels that it has exhausted all options for keeping City of Heroes active, I find that statement disingenuous at best.
“I feel that I have to point out that this profit from City of Heroes is part of what has made NCsoft's other titles such as Aion and Guild Wars 2 possible by funding their development. Hopefully you can understand the anger and disappointment we felt when a mere three days after Guild Wars
2 launched - a game that our money funded - NCsoft in essence kicked us to the curb and has now repeatedly denied us the basic dignity of continuing to exist as a community.
“While the money we have invested may not give us any legal standing from an ownership perspective, I believe that it does put an ethical onus on NCsoft to do whatever it can to allow the game to remain active.”
Some of the things campaigners want to know is exactly who did NCsoft discuss selling the City of Heroes franchise to and how can you exhaust all options with five weeks remaining before cancellation day.
As seen in previous Starburst stories HERE and HERE, the fan community behind City of Heroes has really rallied since being told the axe would fall on their title at the end of August. Staff made redundant at the game programmer Paragon Studios were treated to a slap-up dinner courtesy of the fans and $8,500 was raised for hospitals and charities in a 24-hour gaming marathon.
Fantasy author Mercedes Lackey, Neil Gaiman and Sean “Samwise Gamgee” Astin have all plugged the campaign in some shape or form.