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Hellgate Closed Beta Starts Tomorrow

By Jim Rossignol on June 2nd, 2011.


Well, they’re calling it closed, but it looks like anyone can sign up, and they’re also offering the client download on the main site (and mirrors) for anyone to download. Anyway, this means the return of the long-dead action-RPG in a free-to-play guise. Will it work? Do we even care? I guess we’ll find out pretty soon!

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Hellgate: Back, Back! BACK!

By Jim Rossignol on May 20th, 2011.

It's back!
Flagship, poor dead Flagship, made a game called Hellgate. It wasn’t great, and not enough people bought it to save them from destruction. Now, however, the techno-fantasy action RPG is back, and will be relaunched in North America as a free-to-play title. No game can rest! All must live again under the banner of the undead F2P army! There’s a website for the relaunch here, telling us that there will be a beta in June.

Game footage below!
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Blink And You’ll Myth It: Mythos Released

By Quintin Smith on April 28th, 2011.

She looks a bit sheepish.

See the takeover advert that currently adorns this page like somebody’s upended roast dinner? The game it’s for, free-to-play Diablo-alike Mythos, has just been released. You can download the client here, and play for as long as you please with your entirely wallet stowed for the duration. What an age we live in! How far we’ve come. How far we’ve come from prehistoric times, when early man would have to make his own fun by seeing how many rocks he could fit in his mouth.

PC Gamer have spotted a launch trailer and I’ve put it after the jump, but it’s so naff that watching it filled me with a paralysing loss of self-worth. Instead, click on through the jump in order to read me talking about Mythos’ development history, which actually involves Runic, the Torchlight devs. It’s an interesting one.
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Ongoing Rebirth Of Mythos, Euro Beta Now

By Jim Rossignol on December 13th, 2010.


Of all the ill-fated games of recent years that I have been surprised to see live again, Mythos comes close to top of the list. When Flagship spiraled into bankruptcy it looked like the game would go down with them, but it turns out that companies such as HanbitSoft, Red Bana, and Frogster had other ideas. Over the past year the game has slowly come back to life, and has been at closed beta in North America for a while now. Frogster have just send word that their European beta for the “hack ‘n slash MMO” (they’re calling the “first” hack ‘n’ slash MMO, which doesn’t quite ring true in my brain) is now taking sign ups. There’s also a lovely video of the game in action on their site, too. Glad to see this one survive, and I am looking forward to seeing live and playable.

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Mythos Edges Ever Closer

By John Walker on July 7th, 2010.

Release it already!

The rebirth of Mythos – the splendid Fate-like MMO originally created to stress-test the Hellgate: London servers – still doesn’t have a release date, but is looking ever-more concrete. Travis Baldree’s game was the surprising highlight of Flagship Studios, before he went on to create the happiness that was Torchlight. Then it was all swallowed up in the ugly mess of Flagship’s collapse, and the muddle that led to its being owned by Hanbitsoft. Then there was that giant battle in the sea, the reverse volcano, and the Great War Of Swords. And finally, now in the year 3032, we’re getting ready to play all over again.

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See You Later, Hellgater. Yes.

By Kieron Gillen on January 20th, 2010.

This broke a couple of days ago, but it’s the sort of thing worth mentioning in the Public Record Of PC Games that is RPS. I’ll keep it short. Remember Hellgate closing? And then to open in the lands of not-us? Well, now it’s to return to the lands of us. When I say “us”, I mean “RPS”. Not trying to start some kind of race war against anyone from South East Asia, where Hellgate was already going to happily play around. I leave the starting of race wars to Walker. Or Jim. Or, if he’s in a particularly bad mood, Alec. I will never start a race war. Except against the 100m dash. I hate that with all my heart. DIE SHORT SPRINTS, DIE.

Er… question is begged. What about those life-time subscribers, eh?

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Mythos Does The Lazarus Thing

By Alec Meer on May 8th, 2009.

The greatest tragedy about the closure of Flagship last year – apart from a ton of good people losing their jobs, of course – was not the loss of dreary demon-basher Hellgate: London, but of the promising free-to-play Diablolike Mythos. Ditching the subscription fee was a dangerous experiment for Flagship, but Bill Roper and co never got to see if it worked. However, their sometime publisher Hannbitsoft managed to hang on to the license and tech upon Flagship’s demise, and they’ve just announced development has restarted. From a different studio, inevitably. How do we feel about this?
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Hanbitsoft Savages Flagship. Like, Really.

By Kieron Gillen on July 17th, 2008.

He said what about me?

The Hellgate situation appears to be descending further into Hell. Hellgate Guru have translated this story in the Korean press where their Hanbitsoft are terribly mean about partners-in-Hellgate Flagship. “Selfish”? “Irresponsible”? You wouldn’t be surprised if they went on to say they smelt bad too. The reason for the rancour is that they claim while they tried to find a deal to keep Flagship going, the founding-fathers preferred to just sack all the staff. They claim to be making good progress in getting the rights to Hellgate, and are preparing a lawsuit against the founding directors of Flagship. Our industry analyst thinks: Hanbitsoft must fancy Flagship. If they start pulling Flagship’s pigtails, we’ll know for sure.

We’re planning on giving our industry analyst the heave-ho, admittedly.

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Bloodbath at Flagship?

By John Walker on July 12th, 2008.

What on Earth’s going on with Flagship Studios? The short answer is it’s not entirely clear yet. But some newsmen are claiming that the creators of Hellgate: London, and the forthcoming Mythos, are shutting up shop, with the ownership and IP of both games transferring elsewhere. Blimey. How did it come to this?
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