American video game developer, Epic Games declared last week that this year on April 26, Epic Games is shutting down its free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game, Paragon. Epic Games’ Paragon went through many changes over the years of open betas and early access, but unfortunately, a final release won't be seeing the light of day. Even though Paragon had built a community of its own and reached over five million players, the game failed to found stability.
Epic Games’ post on its forum read:
“It’s with heavy hearts we’ve decided to close down Paragon. We truly appreciate everything you’ve put into Paragon. But after careful consideration, and many difficult internal debates, we feel that there isn’t any clear path for us to grow Paragon into a MOBA that retains enough players to be sustainable.”
But when one door closes, another one opens. With the shutdown of Paragon, it seems that Epic Games struck a gold mine with its co-op sandbox survival video game, Fortnite; not because of the original Save the World mode, but because it capitalized on the battle royale trend by adopting the core game to a drastically different style. Following in the footsteps of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Fortnite: Battle Royale has gained a massive popularity, reaching almost about 45 million players and dwarfing the numbers Paragon could muster.
After announcing about the shutdown of Paragon, Epic Games is trying to make the situation right by offering a full refund to every Paragon player for every purchase on any platform. And the refund will come directly from Epic Games rather than the platform provider.