Paragon: Epic is Shutting Down the Free-to-Play MOBA

Players who made purchases within Paragon will receive full refunds.

Epic Games is shutting down their free-to-play MOBA, Paragon

“It’s with heavy hearts we’ve decided to close down Paragon,” reads a post on Paragon‘s official website. “We truly appreciate everything you’ve put into Paragon. We received many passionate ideas for where to take the game; the outpouring of thoughtful suggestions is another testament to this incredible community.After careful consideration, and many difficult internal debates, we feel there isn’t a clear path for us to grow Paragon into a MOBA that retains enough players to be sustainable.We didn’t execute well enough to deliver on the promise of Paragon. We have failed you — despite the team’s incredibly hard work — and we’re sorry.”

The official shutdown will occur on April 26th. Epic has stated that they will be offering players refunds on any purchases they made have made within Paragon. PC and PlayStation 4 players will just need to make sure their Epic accounts are properly linked and can then request a refund via this website

The studio also warns that server quality and matchmaking may suffer as the shutdown nears. 

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Paragon was first made available as a pay-to-play title in 2016. It went free-to-play in 2017, but Paragon never attracted the same size of playerbase that games like League of Legends, DOTA 2, and even Smite. Paragon tried to distinguish itself from the most popular MOBA titles via its more cinematic style and third-person gameplay, but MOBA fans stuck with more established titles while casual gamers looked elsewhere. 

Oddly enough, it was Epic’s Fortnite that may have been the final nail in the game’s coffin. Since Epic released that game’s battle royale mode, they’ve watched Paragon‘s playerbase count drop dramatically. It seems that they may have realized that they were late to the MOBA game and just in time for the battle royale era. As such, it makes sense that they would remove resources from Paragon in favor of focusing on Fortnite and other projects.