NCsoft has announced that it plans to shut down Paragon Studios, making some 80 employees redundant; City of Heroes will close down on November 30. Paragon Studios had managed the City of Heroes franchise soon after NCsoft acquired the brand from Cryptic Studios.

“The team here at Paragon deserves special praise for all that we have accomplished over the last 5+ years,” posted Andy Belford, Community Manager at Paragon Studios. “These developers are some of the most creative and talented people in the gaming industry. By now, we’ve all been given this news internally, but to anyone who may be reading this message after the fact; know that your hard work and dedication has not gone unappreciated or unnoticed. To any potential studios looking to grow your team; hire these people. You won’t regret it.”

“Thank you. Thank you for your years of support. You’ve been with us every step of the way, sharing in our challenges, encouraging us to make City of Heroes better, more than everyone else thought it could be. We couldn’t have come this far without you. I implore you all, focus on the good things of CoH and Paragon Studios. Don’t dwell on the ‘how’ or the ‘why’, but rather join us in celebrating the legacy of an amazing partnership between the players and the development team,” he concluded.