Believe me, I'm still going through a bit of Post-shutdown depression. I was in-game for the game's last 6 hours or so playing on Liberty Server.
I'm not upset that CoH shutdown. I figured it had a couple more years of playable life, at least. I'm still angry at how it was shutdown. Trust me, CoH's Publisher is never gonna get another dime from either my GF or myself, ever.
As far as I know, there was no official server release, check http://www.cohtitan.com/ for any serious fan-lead efforts.
simply, NcSoft told the public/players and the Paragon Studios staff at about the same time on Friday, August 31, 2012. Giving the staff no advance notice to prepare a proper closing event, and halting development on the next "issue" (equivalent to a season here) which was, in my opinion less than a month away from going live.
I was also there for the last moments in CoH.
Atlas Park on the Justice server, holding my torch at City Hall.
Still seems strange that it's gone.
As long as I've been playing MMO's, it was always... there.
It was my online "home" for 6 years. I will miss it very much.
I was so angry about how the devs were laid off.
A very similar thing happened to me about 2 years ago (the company I worked for laid off almost half of it's employees in one day. No one had a clue till the lay-offs began). They seem to be in good spirits though, which is more than I can say for myself after my own experience, lol
I've heard a few devs from Paragon Studios came here to Cryptic.
Only know of one, specifically.
So, "Dr. Aeon", excited to have you here in STO :-D
It's true, COH may not have been "Cryptic's" for a few years now, but that doesn't mean we don't hold an attachment to it. There are still many people at Cryptic that worked on that game. Many of whom were there when the lights got turned on in the first place.
For me, it was my first game industry job. I haven't worked on it in a couple years, but I bet I still know my way around Paragon City better than most. It's sad, but it was inevitable. Still, COH launched in 2004. 8 years is pretty respectable in the MMO world. I am proud of what we made, and while the closing is sad, it makes me happy to hear how many people still love the game. And for how many people COH was their first MMO.