Fortnite Studio Shutting Down Paragon; Refunds Offered For All Purchases
Paragon will close in April.
Paragon, the third-person MOBA from Epic Games, will cease operations this spring. The studio has announced it will cease development on the game on all platforms--PS4 and PC--and shut down its servers. Additionally, refunds will be offered for every purchase ever made on the game.
Epic said recently that it was evaluating Paragon's future, due in part to the overwhelming success of Fortnite, which has consumed resources from the Paragon development team. The studio also indicated that Paragon was struggling to retain players. In a statement on its official website, the Paragon development team has now shared its decision to shutter Paragon altogether on April 26 and explained why it felt the move was necessary.
"It's with heavy hearts we've decided to close down Paragon," the message says. "We truly appreciate everything you've put into Paragon. We received many passionate ideas for where to take the game; the outpouring of thoughtful suggestions is another testament to this incredible community. 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."
Paragon is a MOBA similar to Smite, in that it's played from the perspective of a third-person action game, rather than an isometric, strategy game-style view. It debuted in paid early access in 2016 and has been available on both PC and PS4. It's a free-to-play game that players could spend money on, but any and all money spent on the game will be refunded, according to Epic.
"To try to make this right, Epic is offering a full refund to every Paragon player for every purchase on any platform," it says. "This refund will come directly from Epic rather than your platform provider."
The platform for requesting a refund is outlined here. It involves creating and linking an Epic account (if you don't already have one linked to the game) and then going to this page.
In the meantime, Paragon will remain playable until servers shut down on April 26. However, as an online-based game, Epic warns, "As the player population continues to decrease, matchmaking times and quality will further degrade."
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