It was hinted at in a recent dev blog from Epic Games. We talked about it on the F2P Cast. And now, it’s official: Paragon will shut down on April 26.

Epic Games posted a letter today announcing the news, saying that “there isn’t a clear path for us to grow Paragon into a MOBA that retains enough players to be sustainable” and that “We didn’t execute well enough to deliver on the promise of Paragon.” That’s pretty honest stuff, and it almost hurts to read it.

Even more surprisingly honest is the deal Epic is offering: a full refund to every player for every purchase made in the game, on any platform. It’s an outstanding gesture, and one that’s no doubt made possible by Fortnite Battle Royale‘s breakout success. When your “other” game brings in $89 million in a month, you can afford to be generous to fans, to try and keep their goodwill. You can find details on how to take advantage of this offer on the announcement page.

It was already edging shut, but I think that this effectively closes the door on the MOBA boom. Paragon couldn’t make it, and neither could Master X Master or — if you can remember this far back — other titles with big names behind them, like Infinite Crisis or Dawngate. Meanwhile, Blizzard seems to be perpetually struggling to gain traction with Heroes of the Storm. If big companies and big names can’t break through the three-way death grip that League of Legends, Dota 2, and Smite have on the genre, it’s likely that nobody can.

the author

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Niizzy on February 6, 2018

    I bet that Paragon failed because it was a bitch to run. I couldn’t run it with a GTX 970. MOBAs have cartoonish looks for people that have low grade PCs, so everybody can play.

  2. Gammaflux on January 29, 2018

    Epic should really consider about selling Paragon to someone else or change their mind because Paragon was a great game, fun, good graphics and with a good player base. I don’t really understand the reason to shut it down it just to focus on a game like Fortinite, that honestly is (to me) a worst game. I understand it may attract kids because it is a bang-bang-boom-boom game and looks like a smartphone game but they could just add some more maps to paragon and fix those little bugs here and there and keep it alive. Can’t believe they have not the reources to accomplish that. That’s really sad, i loved Paragon…

  3. Crushed on January 28, 2018

    This is why Companies shouldn’t make too many games in such short time. None of these Companies have been able to maintain their current games when the developers and publishers go rush off to work on new projects. I’m sure they could of found ways to make Paragon popular again and make the game last for maybe a couple more years if not 5-10 years tops.

  4. sss on January 27, 2018

    Fortnite is repetetive boring headache

  5. sss on January 27, 2018

    FORTNITE IS BRAINLESS REPETETIVE CRAP, mobas are the same but this one was ok to play rarely

  6. skullbash on January 27, 2018

    I don’t think a lot of people realize that they specifically said they would be slowing down updates to this game because they were pulling the devs to work on their copycat of a BR game Fortnite BR. The reason for them doing this isn’t because of the lack of players of Paragon or lack of support they were getting they are doing this because they value the quick money they are making from Fortnite BR over their other original content and communities who enjoyed them.

    • Skato on January 27, 2018

      Exactly this. This is why I’m so salty about the whole situation.

  7. PuddingBear on January 27, 2018

    Never got to play :(…at least Umreal Tounament still up.

  8. protonix on January 27, 2018

    Get ready for an influx of PUBnite type games.

  9. MrCafe on January 27, 2018

    I feel a great FPS can put in a moba style mode and it would do good, not as the games focus but as a mod, much like deathmatch, Currier mode, king of the hill etc.

    • Curst on January 27, 2018

      It’s been tried a couple of times without any success. The game either stops being a shooter (which makes it unappealing to its core audience) or it fails to become a MOBA but still doesn’t attract shooter fans (because a word “MOBA” in game description deters most non-MOBA players).

  10. Manipulator on January 26, 2018

    izt allright, Fortnite is more promising than this game

  11. Deathloche on January 26, 2018

    This is a sign the companies need to stop making MOBAs. Only a few can survive.

  12. Skato on January 26, 2018

    You know the game has a solid following if over a 100 people upvote a reddit post in less than 3 hours. I just don’t understand. I am honestly really frustrated with the decision, and so is every other Paragon player.

    • Skato on January 26, 2018

      1000 upvotes, not 100.

  13. Skato on January 26, 2018

    This really pisses me off. They could have found other ways to make this game more popular. They hadn’t even released a ranked game mode yet. I put hundreds of hours into this game just for Epic to toss it because they are getting enough money from a ripoff game mode on Fortnite. So much hate.

  14. Legionairie on January 26, 2018

    Game was good and fun till that last update that changed the card system and added more attack speed to all heroes, after that it was only downhill, I dropped the game because there was no more fun to play.

  15. lolthisguy on January 26, 2018

    Everyone was calling this the instant they “redesigned” the map and whatnot to “make it a faster paced game” which effectively killed any bit of fun the game was and attracted the most toxic players you can imagine. Among other issues they chose to ignore the player base pointing them out.