Last friday, quite unexpectedly, Paragon Studios announced that NCSoft had made the decision to terminate the MMO City of Heroes, with servers being shut down by November of this year. It's hard to express the outright emotional response I felt at learning this news. Don't get me wrong, any MMO closing down is never a good thing, but over the years plenty of games I've played in, and enjoyed, have come and gone. But when I learned of this I felt a sense of outright loss. It made me sit back and really think, and I realized the reason this game's closure is affected me so was that more than any other game, City of Heroes was a part of my family.
Quite clearly though, I wasn't the only one shocked, and more than a bit upset. Across the blogosphere there was at first a sense of stunned loss, and then a call to action. And by today, that call to action has grown, and is continuing to pick up steam.
I don't usually participate in fan or community organized movements. I'm keenly aware that businesses are businesses, and once a decision has been made, most of the time no amount of fan outcry will change that. But this is important to me. And there are some cases where the community did make a difference. Perhaps this time it's different - perhaps we can show that are making this decision that it does matter, and that there is still money to be made here. So I'm getting involved, and I hope that perhaps you will too.
Yeah.. but how?
Well you'll be happy to know that it's already extraordinarily well organized!
At the very least, drop over to this location and sign the fan petition showing your support for keeping the gates to the city open!
If you're so inclined, I would encourage you to write to the good folks at NCSoft. As always, tact and professionalism will be far more effective than nerd rage. Remember this is a business decision. You can find an extraordinary amount of information in this forum thread.
And this Saturday, the 8th, there's going to be a massive thing in-game, in Atlas Park, at around 4:00pm central. There's going to be a huge costume contest, and in general I think they just want as many people as possible to show up and show their support. Details are here, but the short version is come by Atlas Park on Saturday the 8th on the Virtue server. And remember, if you haven't been by City of Heroes in a few years, the game has a free to play model. All it will cost you is the time to download the client, and the time to show up in game.
There is a official press release from the Titan Network, and you can check it here.
I'm going to be there. And I'm signing the petition, and may even write a letter. It's not much, but I want to be involved in this. I hope some of you do as well.