Epic Games to close Paragon on April 26th – What went wrong?
Nice knowing ya.
Epic Games has announced that they will be closing their third-person MOBA known as Paragon on April 26th, 2018. In regards to why, Epic delivered the following explanation:
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.
This kind of hits me in the feels a little bit, because it should have gotten more support from the get-go. Paragon was, for all intents and purposes, trying to cash in on the popularity of SMITE and it seemed like decent competition at first – but it was plagued by development focused too heavily on trying to turn a profit and not enough communication with their players.
It quickly became loot box central, having different levels of loot boxes and just a whole lot of bullshit that constantly asked players to cough up cash. On top of that, Paragon’s team kept making changes to both heroes and the gameplay itself that absolutely no one in the community asked for. I remember spending a lot of time trying to learn how to play Kallari well, only to have them completely rework and change her kit which absolutely wrecked everything I’d worked to master.
You’d learn someone else, they’d get nerfed cause no one bothered to learn how to counter play. Meanwhile, the real key to success was figuring out Paragon’s terrible playing card loadout that put you at a SEVERE disadvantage if you didn’t have the strongest cards which would again cost you real money or a plethora of gameplay hours. So many issues, so many headaches, just trying to enjoy something that should have been easy.
So yeah, it’s no surprise Paragon didn’t last – but why bother putting more effort into it when Fortnite exists and makes money, right? Epic further adds insult to injury here by offering refunds to anyone who’s spent any money on Paragon, and there’s a lovely little option to convert your refund from real money into V-bucks, which is the currency used in Fortnite.
Oh, and if you want that refund? Epic wants detailed amounts and pictures of receipts to prove your purchase. That’s great, except it’ll likely be more headache than it’s worth trying to track down receipts and exact amounts cause that’s what they want in order to process your request – instead of just looking at each Epic account and going “Hey, you spent X on Paragon. Would you like a refund?” Oh wait, my mistake, cause your account doesn’t see anything that makes any sense. In fact, my Epic Account doesn’t show anything ever redeemed on it nor any connected accounts in spite of playing Paragon on PS4 since like 2015.
In fact, the struggles with Paragon are 100% of the reason I avoid Fortnite. Go fuck yourselves, Epic.