An Open Letter to City of Heroes Fans and Developers (MemberZone)

By MemberZone, September 7, 2012

There is a community of great friends and family that is on the verge of being destroyed. There are those that might not take this seriously since it is concerning a video game but for those involved it is more then just that. NCsoft has decided to pull the plug on the first and in many people's opinion, the best Super Hero MMORPG around, City of Heroes.

It has outraged thousands of people and caused them to take action. While the game closing is a blow it pales in comparison to the blow it will cause to the friendships that have been built over these last 8 years. For those that actively engaged in the world of heroes and villains, there simply was nothing better then coming home from work or school and relaxing in an evening filled with super powers and super deeds. Not to mention the 80 or so employees who poored their souls into making the game enjoyable all this time.

Fans have taken to social media outlets and have begun writing letters to NCSoft asking them to refrain from shutting down the MMORPG. There are even a few different petitions going on with, one of which already has over 14,000 signatures at the time of this writing. There are other efforts going on as well like the unity event on Sept 8th to show that there are still large amounts of players who want to still play. Others are trying to get talks going with NCsoft to purchase CoH or find some other way to save the game. The supporters have even created a # tag on twitter called #savecoh.

As for the game it self there is in many eyes no comparison, it is easy to learn and there are tons of things to do. The custimizations including the powers leaves no player bored. It is free to play but you can also pay to play if you really enjoy the game in order to gain access to additional features. It is because of the time and effort CoH players put into their characters that they begin to grow attached to them and start to care about what happens to them and their future existance. Still we have to hope that something can be done so we don’t lose our tight knit ingame family and our toons. It sounds silly to some I know, but imagine if the thing you like the most just disappeared and you were told it wasn’t coming back?

This game is a way for people all over the world to meet and get to know each other without all the social pressures and stereotypes. Half the time you don’t even know if the person you are teaming up with is a guy or a girl, trust me from experience. It is just a place to hang out and have fun. You can even get support from the people online if you are feeling down. There have been in game weddings and mourning for those who have past. You essentially become a part of the peoples lives on your sever and some of those on others.

How can a company just throw everything like that away when the game itself is still popular and making money? All we ask is for NCSoft to find a way to keep it alive, without turning off the lights for good. We care about each other and we care about Paragon City, and even the Rouge Isles for those who enjoy being villains. We couldn’t wait for the new content the developers were coming up with, the ideas that came from Paragon Studios will go down in history as some of the best MMO ideas of all time.

To those at Paragon Studios, thank you so much for all your hard work and awesome ideas. I hope you are with us in the fight to keep the game alive, I know that you would hate to see your work end here. So in hope of CoH continuing on to bigger and better things we salute you and the work you have put into this Community Of Heroes. Heroes never quit and I know plenty that will fight with me to the very end to keep your dream alive. From all of your fans a simple “Thanks” just isn’t enough to say how we feel.

So to end this letter I ask you the reader, if there is anything you can do to help spread the word, please do it. We need all the help we can get to save this Community. We will gladly take every bit of help and nothing you do to help is ever to small. Thank you

By Alien, Guardian Server

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Discussion (14)

ThisGameSux 9 years ago
Game sucks, graphics were terrible. Champs is superior and DCUO kicks both game's ass. Gameplay was so bad in city of heroes that it felt like an old PSX game. What a piece of shit.

chefmadness 9 years ago
They did the same damn thing to STAR WARS GALAXIES. By far they need to make that free to play with a cash shop just like C.O.H.. Two awesome games down, Hope D.D.O. doesn't die next because of NEVERWINTER.

Ziggy G. 9 years ago
this is one of the most respected games in mmo history. its competitor, Champions online will soon have an influx of ready veteran gamers. lets just keep the spirit guys. whether it Champions, DC, Marvel, or in the future some other, we will always have COH in our hearts. we will always remember paragon. we will not forget Statesman or Recluse or all the ones we've looked to. we will always be the City of Heroes. remember that shit

Jesterhead1985 9 years ago
fond memories of this game. it should not be closed down. *signed*

DHX 9 years ago
CoH lives!

PSCBOB 9 years ago
In life there is a begin and an end to everything. We have to learn to live with it and move on.

Spocksarek 9 years ago
Yes, I signed the petition. We need more Superhero MMOs, not less.

Spocksarek 9 years ago
How does it compare to Champions Online?

sirguygisborne 9 years ago
i dont even play this game but i signed cause i know how it is

Jennifer Jerlstrom 9 years ago
Thank you so much for publishing the letter. It means the world to the community.

bad1one 9 years ago
Well, to tell you ,ive played it ,its 1 of the good 1,s out there ,never payed for anything ,but 1 of the 1,s i would to get nice toon , and in my opinion ,some1 or company ,will buy this ip. just for the fact that there isnt much out there for this kind of game ,(what like 3 or 4) so some1 will buy it soon ,try getting it cheater if they wait long enough. but its a unique game ,and alot of of older peeps ,love superheros and not 1,s from CB versions but make your own is great. it will be seen again so dont worry.

DeathSentry 9 years ago
As one of the affected, this letter so clearly hit the mark. I have been playing continuously as a VIP member since 2004 and based on the constant updates, the extremely responsive developers, and a fantastic community, I always stayed engaged.

And with the addition of Mission Architect, the ability to tell your own story, or perhaps, a twist on cannon or non-canon CoH stories was unlimited. So while it did start in the early 2000's, with the ultra mode graphics update, continuous addition of power sets, new/enhanced zones, the game was never dated but in fact, it continued to build on store and content that made other newer games pale in comparison.

So as the author stated, the developers have poured their heart and soul into the game as has the community, and given the level of customization available, each character took on a uniqueness that makes it even harder to delete. So in closing, if there is anything that can be done to spread the word and help us in this cause to keep a profitable, feature-rich, popular game from being destroyed, we would appreciate it.

Thank you.

L.I 9 years ago
^^ *throws blue shell*

Thank you so much for this letter, Alien. I hope it does some good. The way that the CoX community has rallied to this has just reminded me why I love this game so, so much. To see it wiped out would be just awful.

dsfd 9 years ago
first haha

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