Usually when video games die they are consigned to the history books, never to be officially played again. Epic, though, is doing things a little differently with dead game walking Paragon.
Epic Games has announced that it's pulling the plug on free-to-play MOBA Paragon, and that servers will go offline on April 26th.
The news comes barely a week after the developer's candid post to the Paragon forums, in which it cast doubt on the MOBA's future. At the time, it admitted that it was struggling to achieve "that magical combination of ingredients that make for a sustainable game", and revealed that key Paragon staff had already been moved to work on Fortnite.
"Over the next few weeks", it said, "we'll be figuring out if and how we can evolve Paragon to achieve growth and success". And now, just a week later, a decision has been made.
Epic Games has thrown doubt on the future of Paragon, its free-to-play MOBA, in a surprisingly frank Reddit post from community coordinator Edgar Diaz.
Remember when Epic Games flew the Xbox 360 flag with Gears of War? Those were the days. Now we get Paragon (open beta), a not-bad MOBA; Fortnite (alpha), a base-building survival game in development for six years now; and a new, somewhat openly developed Unreal Tournament (pre-alpha).
Oh, and one other game, just announced: Battle Breakers. A turn-based tactical role-playing game for mobiles and PC, with cross-platform play.
Battle Breakers looks like typical mobile fare, with your team's heroes stood on hex grids on your side, facing off against enemies standing on hex grids on their side. There's an anime style and tone to the whole thing, with loud noises and flashy abilities. Do I sound old yet?
Sony has unveiled its Instant Game Collection - i.e. PlayStation Plus freebies - for the month of July.
Epic Games' MOBA Paragon goes into open beta 16th August. That means you won't need to buy into any Early Access programmes to play it - it will be free on PC and PS4. You do not require PlayStation Plus.
The cheapest way in right now is a Paragon Founder's Pack for Ł16 on PS4 and $20 on PC. Epic promises to never reset account progress in the build up to the game's full launch later this year.
In addition to the beta date, Epic unveiled new duellist hero Khaimera, detailed a a huge new Paragon game update, and talked a lot about Paragon's current meta and what it's doing about it.
Epic Game's free-to-play MOBA Paragon will be offering an open beta weekend from 26th-30th May on both PS4 and PC.
To participate all you need to do is register by 25th May at paragon.com.
Paragon has been in closed beta for the past couple of months, and players can pay $19.99 (about Ł13) to play it early and receive some extra goodies like cosmetic items and boosts.
UPDATE: Microsoft has responded to Tim Sweeney's Guardian piece, insisting its Universal Windows Platform is "a fully open ecosystem".
You can play Epic's upcoming MOBA, Paragon, from the 18th March - if you buy the Founder's Pack.
It's been a funny few years for Epic Games. A generation ago it was firing on all cylinders: Gears of War struck like a thunderbolt in 2006, followed by everyone and their dog licensing Unreal Engine 3. Then there was the incredible success of Infinity Blade on mobile devices. I, and probably you, sat eager for what big new game would come next.
Epic Games has revealed a new PC game called Paragon.
Set for 2016, little is known about Paragon other than it will contain various "heroes" revealed each week between now and 3rd December. The terminology suggests this may be a MOBA, or shooter hybrid of the popular genre, but that's just a hunch at this point.
Today's reveal shows off a playable hero named Twinblast. As seen in the teaser trailer below, Twinblast a man sporting a couple of those cool red bionic arms that are all the rage these days.