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Paragon: The Overprime is shutting down

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It’s a sad day in MOBA land as Paragon: The Overprime is being shut down…again. It would seem that a new developer and a slight name change weren’t enough to save the third-person MOBA from a second death.

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The Netmarble team made the announcement on February 21 that Paragon: the Overprime would be shutting down on April 22, 2024. This is a little over a year since the title went into early access on December 8, 2022. The reasoning for the decision is the inability “…to provide a stable and satisfying service moving forward.”

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This isn’t the first time that the Paragon franchise has heard the death knell. After launching in March 2016, the MOBA was shut down in March 2018, following an official Reddit post stating that a number of staff had been moved to Fortnite in the wake of its massive success. After being shut down, Epic Games released $17M worth of Paragon assets for free to all Unreal Engine 4 developers, including 29 characters and over 1,500 environment components.

Despite a few other studios making use of the Paragon assets, Epic Games ultimately granted Netmarble the full rights to the license in October 2022, which led to the studio’s title being rebranded Paragon: The Overprime. With the release of a new hero, Terra, less than a month ago, this end-of-service announcement seems abrupt. Either way, if you’re a long-time fan or were mildly curious, now is the time to jump in as the servers will go dark in April.

Paragon: The Overprime – End of Service Schedule

  • February 22, 2024: Purchasing end
  • April 22, 2024: Service ends
  • April 29, 2024: Social media and official communities end
  • August 22, 2024: Customer service ends

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