Petition To Keep Paragon Alive Surpasses 20,000 Signatures
Online petitions are about as useful as nipples on a man. They have about as much a chance of succeeding as the Cleveland Browns do of winning the Super Bowl. If they do succeed in their efforts, like this one, it's probably more to do with factors other than a bunch of people signing their names to a website.
So maybe I'm a little skeptical that anything will come of a petition on Change.org that's asking Epic Games to keep Paragon alive after the developer announced its imminent shuttering last week. It's got over 20,000 signatures right now, as of this writing, with the creator, Jude Dobbin, begging Epic to "keep the servers for paragon open even if they leave the game as it is right now."
On the surface, it makes some sense. Lots of games go into "maintenance mode" late in their life cycles, especially if the company has a more successful game that can foot the (minimal) bill of keeping the servers running. Paragon would certainly fit that description, with how well Fortnite: Battle Royale is doing.
Then again, while Jude Dobbin and some other folks might be willing to stick with a "dead" game, a lot of people probably won't. I don't know how long the match queues are for Paragon right now, but they're only going to get worse as people take their refunds and leave the game forever. Those who do stick around are likely to find things a little tedious after the game goes for a while without any updates. Hero X is overpowered? Hero Y is underpowered? There's a map exploit? You'll just have to deal with it ... forever.
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Some prefered the old Paragon, some the new Paragon. But both had substaintial flaws. Flaws that no team of modders, no matter how dedicated, can fix. At least not in a reasonable timeframe.
I'd love if Epic opened the gates of Paragon, like they have with Unreal Tournament. Maybe bring back the days of Defense of the Ancients, a game built for the community, by the community. But I wouldn't get my hopes up.
A game player is a person who is consistent at all times, signing up does not guarantee a player base more than likely it just shows support to those few players left.