Another MOBA bites the dust. The development team behind Paragon have announced that they will be officially closing down all servers by April 26, 2018. This one comes as a blow to fans who passionately posted opinions and commentaries about where the beloved MOBA could improve. The news came sudden, as the prior tweets and posts from the dev team simply centered around bug fixes and minor updates. According to their statement the development team felt that 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.”
The rough translation to this is that the MOBA was not making enough money. Fortnight and Fortnight Battle Royale edition on the other hand are enjoying a much higher degree of popularity in the present. While Epic Games is offering a full refund to Paragon players who supported the team, one of the immediate questions asked on the refund form is if players would like the refund in Fortnite V-Bucks instead. Was this a case of Paragon not being sustainable, or not having the kind of draw PlayerUnknown Battleground’s and Fortnite are bringing in? The answer to that is not very clear. Here at GWTW we put in hundreds of hours into playing Paragon and even found it rewarding and brimming with potential, especially in its initial beta stages.
For now, the development team seems to have taken the blow the hardest and place the closure’s blame directly on their own shoulders. In their press release today they stated, “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.” That was not our take, Paragon needed work, and some depth, but in no way was it a failure from a gameplay perspective.