While Paragon Studios
is being tight-lipped about exact numbers since City of Heroes'
free-to-play conversion, Lead Designer Matt "Positron" Miller
has said that the company has been "blown away" by the results.
According to an interview at GameZone
, City of Heroes
has witnessed not only an "incredible number" of subscribers, but also a tidal wave of returning and first-time players curious about the new model. Miller cites the popularity of the Paragon Rewards program as a key factor in Freedom's success: "We've really broadened the idea of what a free game can be to a lot of people."
On a more somber note, Positron delivered a touching eulogy
for the recently departed Statesman on the City of Heroes
website. "Statesman's hand was a hand that lifted us up with inspiration," he wrote. "His back was the strong back of a sheltering protector. His wisdom, that of an insightful teacher and leader. His confidence, driven by a profound optimism about the human spirit."
Massively recently spoke with Paragon Studios
about this momentous in-game event.