The date was December 5, 2015. As the Press Conference for PSX 2015 came to a close, Paragon from Epic Games ended the show. It didn’t exactly receive the greatest reception, but it was nice to see Epic Games back on PlayStation consoles.
Fast forward to 2018, the game has a nice community of fans, yet nothing to brag about. Epic has clearly dumped a ton of time, money, and resources into the project, overhauling the core gameplay several times to attract players. There is one major problem. After being in development for years, Fortnite finally arrived. Then came Fortnite Battle Royale. Then something amazing happened. After only being on the market since July 2017, 40 MILLION PEOPLE have played some mode of Fortnite, combined, across all platforms.
Epic Games’ focus has changed, and it isn’t Paragon. Epic broke the news in an official statement regarding the future of Paragon on the their subreddit.
However, progress has been slower lately for two reasons: First, the team’s time is split between immediate improvements and longer-term efforts, so there’s less visible progress. Second, a number of Paragon team members jumped onto Fortnite to help sustain the game as it has grown far larger than anything in Epic’s past.
Here inside Epic, we’re talking about the future of Paragon in pretty much the same terms as you’re talking about it. The core challenge is that, of new players who try Paragon, only a small number continue to play regularly after a month. Though Paragon has evolved, no iteration has yet achieved that magical combination of ingredients that make for a sustainable game. (As an aside, the problem isn’t marketing or how to make money with Paragon. We have good ideas that would solve those problems if we can find a way to make Paragon grow.)
TL;DR? “Fortnite is one of the biggest games in the world and Paragon will never reach that kind of popularity, Brah”.
Paragon won’t die overnight, but the signs are all there. Enjoy it while you still can, ladies and gents. Because one day, it will be Para-gone.