NCsoft surprised a lot of people when they announced that City of Heroes / Villains and Paragon Studios would be closing on November 30, 2012. I believe the issue is that CoH/V hasn’t seen its revenue improve while its importance to NCsoft has declined at a time when finances are a bit tighter at the corporate level, which is why NCsoft planned to shutter the title.
Much like other titles that get the closure announcement, the CoH/V community rallied with a “save our game!” campaign. To be honest, I didn’t expect much success, since that’s what every MMO community tries and the closure still happens anyway. But the CoH/V community is making the loudest noise I can remember seeing for such an event, getting 14 613 signatures to save the game in less than a week at the time of writing. (Click that link to sign that petition and add your support, should you wish.)
Will it work? I don’t know. But so many people making a request to NCsoft for the game to keep going sends a clear signal out to a lot of people about how passionate the CoH/V community is for their game. Which may mean that if NCsoft isn’t interested in continuing the title, someone else might be. And maybe, at a time when a “one-off” cash boost would help make NCsoft’s bottom line look a little rosier, there might be a chance they’ll sell it. (“Who will buy it?” is a whole different question.)
It’s a long shot, but that’s pretty much in keeping with the whole comics theme, isn’t it?