The latest two games made by Epic, Paragon and Fortnite, are having two entirely different levels of success. While the latter keeps breaking records (the latest milestone was 45 million players) after the addition of Battle Royale mode, the former is struggling to say the least.
A few hours ago, a Community Manager wrote an open letter to the community on Reddit where it's practically confirmed that the studio is now focusing on Fortnite as it became far larger than originally anticipated. Epic didn't manage to find the right formula yet and for now, while they try and figure that out, the update cadence will become slower.
We know you have a lot of questions about the future of Paragon. We care deeply about this community and we know this is important to you, so here's a summary of where we are.
Going from Legacy to Monolith to a new card system and all of the changes in-between, our efforts have always been focused on growing the game. While each of these incarnations has been beloved by a core community, none has been large enough to achieve mainstream success. This, combined with the humbling success of Fortnite has caused us to question if we have a good path to grow Paragon and make it thrive.
Work on Paragon continues. V.45 ships this week with both Hero and Card balance as well as stability improvements.
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.)
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be figuring out if and how we can evolve Paragon to achieve growth and success, and trying some things internally. In the meantime, Paragon’s release cadence will be slower.
Meanwhile, Fortnite is stronger than ever. The game will receive Update 2.2.0 today with several additions to both PvE and PvP modes.