Epic Games has announced that it will close its MOBA Paragon on April 26.
The news will not come as a complete shock to Paragon players – two weeks ago, Epic Games took to Reddit to admit that: “Progress has been slower lately for two reasons: First, the team’s time is split between immediate improvements and longer-term efforts, so there’s less visible progress. Second, a number of Paragon team members jumped onto Fortnite to help sustain the game as it has grown far larger than anything in Epic’s past.”
Now Epic has admitted defeat, confirming on the official Paragon blog that it will close the MOBA on April 26. The company is suitably contrite, saying: “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.”
However, it also confirmed that it will give every Paragon player a full refund: “To try to make this right, Epic is offering a full refund to every Paragon player for every purchase on any platform. This refund will come directly from Epic rather than your platform provider.” The blogpost above provides full details of how to get that refund.
No developer likes closing multiplayer-only games, but it is possible to have some sympathy for Epic Games, as it has clearly become the victim of its own success. To be precise, the success of Fortnite: Battle Royale, which has caught the public appetite for Battle Royale-style games whetted by PUBG to such an extent that it now has over 40 million players worldwide. It’s a shame that Fortnite’s success should come at the expense of Paragon, but sometimes, that’s how the world of videogames works.