Paragon studios has been closed by owner NCsoft, and as a result its superhero MMORPG City of Heroes will also shut down.

It has been reported that around 80 employees have been let go thus far, with more redundancies to come.

“In a realignment of company focus and publishing support, NCsoft has made the decision to close Paragon Studios,” read a post on the game’s forums from community manager Andy Belford.

“All recurring subscription billing and Paragon Market purchasing will be discontinued effective immediately,” he added.

City of Heroes was launched by Cryptic Studios on April 28 2004, before NCsoft acquired the rights to the game in late 2007, assigning it to subsidiary Paragon.

It ran on a subscription model, with a limited free-to-play option added in 2011.

In September 2008, the game’s player base was around 125,000.

The City of Heroes servers will be switched off on November 30.