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(NCSoft)   I guess in the end, the good guys don't win. Farewell to more than five years of superheroes   ( na.cityofheroes.com) divider line
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2012-09-02 01:14:33 AM  
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Goodnight dummyman.
2012-09-01 05:17:03 PM  
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Tenatra: dababler: NcSoft is making a large mistake here, they are alienating a large player base. Practivally every post on CoH's boards are "We understand MMO's are not eternal but I'll never play a NcSoft game again based on how horribly you handled this".

Idle threats by people that don't have any will to move on with their lives, people are doing the same thing to Blizzard. Every update gets the same response about how blizz dropped the ball/people saying they are never going to play another Blizz game YET those same people are still sticking around to complain every day and raise a storm after each patch is released even though they already quit playing for good and will never buy another Blizz prouct. You will likely see these same types of players running rampant on the NCsoft forums denouncing NCsoft for whatever they do but still stick around as nuisances.

How can NCsoft handle it better? The customers already know that MMOs don't go on forever. Do they need more time to part with their virtual heroes? Will there ever be a time when they could move on and live without their heroes? If the answer is no to that last question then they were going to get this same response whenever they shut it down.

If they needed to shut down CoH (which I don't think they did, since... well... it's the only one of their MMOs that actually has mainstream traction, and even if they didn't want to run it anymore, they probably could have licensed it all out to someone else), probably a better way to handle it would have been to announce it in advance and have the devs ramp up one last, big story event to really take it out with a bang. Not lay off the devs and tell the players, "We're closing shop at the end of the year, try not to let the door hit you in the ass on the way out."

What I'm saying is that, if they're going to end the game, the least they could do is give it a proper ending.
2012-09-01 02:05:39 PM  
1 vote:
I thought CoH was a good game, just not a great MMO.
2012-09-01 01:17:46 PM  
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This is the reason why:

Cryptic Studios kept the original rights and engine when they separated from NCSoft and sold a 5-year licence to the company. Those 5 years are now up, and since that time Cryptic Studios has developed Champions Online, been bought out by Atari, which was itself bought out by Perfect World. Seeing how Perfect World is another Korean Developer with a Super Hero MMO of its own, it clearly doesn't want competition. Therefore, they will not sell the renewal licence to NCSoft or have made the licence fees too high for profitability.
2012-09-01 11:25:58 AM  
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CoH/CoV is a fond memory for me. It stood out as an excellent contrast to WOW and even the games designed specifically to replace it, like Champions online, paled in comparison to that "something special" that it had.

It will be missed.
2012-09-01 11:05:24 AM  
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My SG friends and I are taking the time we have left to do Memorial Portraits of our heroes and villains

/has a sad
//anyone got a wakie?
2012-09-01 11:01:46 AM  
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NetOwl: Sunset isnot a verb, article writer.

If you can word it you can verb it.
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