Sad news today for fans of the multiplayer online battle arena title Paragon. Epic Games has announced that they will be officially putting an end to the game.
“After careful consideration, and many difficult internal debates, we feel there isn’t a clear path for us to grow Paragon into a MOBA that retains enough players to be sustainable. We didn’t execute well enough to deliver on the promise of Paragon. We have failed you — despite the team’s incredibly hard work — and we’re sorry,” the statement on their website read.
Paragon initially launched in Early Access on the PlayStation 4 and PC in March of 2016, with an open Beta following in August. Despite reports that at one point, Paragon had seven million registered players, the community never saw the kind of sustainable growth needed to keep the title going.
Originally players were charged for the Early Access copy of the game, but Epic Games later made it available for free. Players could still pay a premium to gain access to additional items and upgrades. Anyone who did pay for the game is invited to request a refund either through their Epic account for those who have one, or through the Epic Games website.
It seems that going forward, Epic will be focusing their attention on Fortnite, their co-op sandbox survival game. Fortnite has definitely seen more success since its release in Early Access in July of last year, and developers want to continue to grow the title and its user base.
Paragon servers will officially shut down on April 26. You can read Epic Games’ full statement on their website.