Fortnite Battle Royale's success leads Epic Games to close down Paragon
The Battle Royale behemoth has claimed the life of Epic's MOBA before it ever really took off.
Though never available on the Xbox One, Epic Games' MOBA, Paragon, built a fairly dedicated community of players on PC and on PS4. Now, though, the sun has set, the curtain has closed and Paragon is being shut down on April 26.
The official release (via Kotaku) doesn't really mention the true underlying reasons behind the shut down though.
Less than two weeks ago, a member of the Paragon team took to Reddit for an 'open discussion' on where they were at with Paragon. And it became clear immediately that the massive success of Fortnite since launching the Battle Royale mode has lead to many of the Paragon team being redeployed.
With over 40 million players across three platforms, Fortnite Battle Royale has grown at an incredible rate, even with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds running alongside it. Battle Royale is getting bigger every day, so it's understandable that Epic would have to prioritize.
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That doesn't make Paragon players feel any better, though. They've got until April 26 to keep on playing though it's likely player counts will start to dwindle following the announcement of its closure. What is good news for Paragon players is that any money they've spent on the game (it's free to play with in-game purchases) will be refunded in full by Epic Games
Full details on the closure and how to get your money back can be found on the Epic Games blog.
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It's a shame. I've never tried their game, nor do I like MOBAs in general, but it seems like they had a good attitude towards theirs.
Paragon was kinda cool but not something i wanted to play for a long time or every day. and btw, it should have been on xbox from the start too.
It's cool they're refunding everyones money though.
It's kinda awful that Fortnite became successful not with the original concept of their game but copying the gameplay of PUBG.
Swings and roundabouts. PUBG uses Epic tech to even exist. On console at least though Fortnite is a much better experience right now.
Guess Epic's MOBA is now...😎...ParaGONE. YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!