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Save City of Heroes Campaign Turns To Disney For The Hail Mary

Matt Gardner
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Save City of Heroes Campaign Turns To Disney For The Hail Mary

There's no real British equivalent to alluding to a ploy as "a Hail Mary pass", but that's rather besides the point. As the date of November 30th looms large, awaiting the death knell for City of Heroes' servers, the campaigners fighting the shutting down of the game -aptly titled Save City of Heroes - have reached out to Disney in a last ditch attempt to court a buyer.

Author Mercedes Lackey helped to draft the pitch to Disney Interactive, saying: “We believe that Disney and City of Heroes are a perfect match; Disney now owns Marvel and two impending Marvel MMOs which are slated to be mirror opposites of the cooperative, community gameplay fostered by City of Heroes.

“By reviving City of Heroes, Disney will be able to satisfy the gaming desires of every player of MMORPGs. In addition, Disney has the reach to effortlessly give City of Heroes the exposure it never had under NCSoft’s regime of benign neglect--and City of Heroes will provide Disney with some extremely unique cross-marketing opportunities. Disney has always understood and fostered community and loyalty--something NCSoft never did.

“We believe that acquiring City of Heroes will provide Disney Interactive with the logical extension of their games for kids and teens, offering a game that literally the whole family can play.”

NCsoft made a direct statement to the player base of City of Heroes at the beginning of October decisively confirming the closure of Paragon Studios and setting a date (November 30th) for the shutting down of the popular MMO. This was in the face of a campaign that had not only secured 21,000 signatures petitioning against the closure, but had also attracted support from the likes of Neil Gaiman, Sean Astin, Felicia Day, not to mention novelists John C. Wright and the aforementioned Ms. Lackey.

NCsoft have apparently "exhausted all options" to sell the franchise on, so it would seem that the #SaveCOH campaign are making their own impassioned pitch. Time will tell if they prove successful, but there's just really not a huge amount of it left.

We wish them the very best of luck, and have contacted Disney for comment.

Add a comment12 comments
Squigglywiggly  Nov. 28, 2012 at 13:31

Thanks so much for this article, and for the good wishes. We're very grateful for the support your site has given us.

We're doing all we can to bring Paragon back after the 30th.

Logan1066  Nov. 28, 2012 at 14:14

Thanks for covering this story. But I want to offer a correction. This won't be the last attempt at saving City of Heroes by a long shot! We're going to keep trying. And if Disney can't or won't buy the property, there are others to be tried.

Knightslayer  Nov. 28, 2012 at 14:42

Thanks for the coverage and the best wishes, Matt!

ArcticForce  Nov. 28, 2012 at 15:13

Thank you for covering this. Disney can be a Hero for all our Heroes...and Villains #savecoh

TheQuinch  Nov. 28, 2012 at 15:46

Hi there! I'd just like to chip in with the thanks for the coverage - if you've got any questions or stuff we could clarify, feel free to hit us up. There's stuff we can't say, obviously, but everything else is fair game.

MercedesLackey  Nov. 29, 2012 at 00:44

Thank you for covering this. You know, we are not the only fangroup to try to resurrect our passion -- merely, perhaps, the most audacious. But remember the successes, long after people declared the franchise was dead. BRowncoats. Trekkies. Galacticans. Stargaters. And that most British and most-resurrected franchise of all -- Dr. Who. Speaking of which, if you see a reflection of yourself in our cause, please do not hesitate to write letters to Disney, explaining why, long after the nay-sayers declared something dead, it rose from the ashes. Please, we can use your help.

darkhawktman  Nov. 29, 2012 at 05:00

Thank you for covering this. I have been playing this game since it launched and have never strayed from it. Hopefully I will never have to stray.

JasonTheNero  Nov. 29, 2012 at 10:03

NCsoft's loss can be Disney's gain. There's nothing quite like a good old fashion superhero. #SaveCoH :)

TheOneGirl  Nov. 29, 2012 at 16:21

I can't thank you enough for all the love and support everyone has given this. The enormity of the love here has brought me to tears. Your participation has saved my life and love so many times. I wouldn't be feeling the love if not for all you have done. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you. Cynthia

daisymayhem  Nov. 30, 2012 at 01:01

Thanks for the article. Come on Disney save out City!

JohnRobey  Dec. 3, 2012 at 10:45

Thank you dealspwn.com for your article covering this. I'm late in posting my thanks to you due to playing as much as I could this past week prior to the shutdown. Many gamers are passionate about their hobby, but City of Heroes attracted and largely retained a uniquely wonderful community of players and fans. Parents, children and grandparents teamed up to design and play superheroes of their own creation in a well crafted world still under development. At least one mom used the game to teach responsibility in a fun way to her children. Our most recent update, Issue 24, was in open beta when the servers were taken offline as scheduled on Nov. 11, 2012. There are so many features that make City of Heroes an enduring yet up to date classic, I fear I'd run out of space to list them. We fans and players of City of Heroes (CoH) are hoping in much the same way consumers in 1985 got Coke Classic back on the shelves when it was replaced by New Coke that social networking and letter writing from gamers both within and outside the immediate CoH community will help bring City of Heroes back as swiftly as possible. Even a brief postcard to Disney suggesting they acquire the rights to City of Heroes would mean much. Thank you.

HeatSpike1  May. 22, 2013 at 01:17

Thank you for taking the time to post this article in interest of our cause: to save City of Heroes!

We're doing all that we can to bring back the game that we all love to our community. Although NFSoft abandoned the game and kicked it's paying customers to the curb [without valid reason] we're hoping that another company will see the desire and passion that we have for the game, and give CoH a shot at reaching it's fullest potential. We'll keep fighting until that day comes.

Continuing the fight until justice is served. #SaveCoH

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