Posts Tagged ‘Hellgate:-London’

Hellgate: The Returnening: The Open Beta

By Alec Meer on June 24th, 2011.

It's like 2007 all over again

As the less forgetful among you will recall, the guns’n'demons MMO is being resurrected despite a broadly unhappy reception and an early demise, with Korean dev T3 transplanting a free to play heart into it. While a select few have been allowed in previously, the unwashed masses (hullo!) will also get to peer suspiciously at it in just six days’ time, when the open beta lands. It brings with it brand new modes for Hellgate’s below-London adventuring. One of them, you may be unsurprised to hear, involves zombies.

Anyway, this open beta sounds a bit like one of those betas that’s actually a launch. Damn you Google, you ruined the word ‘beta’ forever.
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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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From Hell: The Hellgate Mini-Movie

By Alec Meer on May 24th, 2011.

Hope it still looks like our four year old screenshots, or there'll be some kind of egg on my some kind of face

‘Tis a strange thing, to be posting a trailer for a game which came out four years ago, and died in the interim. Much-maligned MMO Hellgate: London is due for a free to play relaunch as simply ‘Hellgate’ later this year, at the hands of Korean rights-holders Hanbitsoft. It’s apparently attempting to shrug off its embarrassing legacy and reposition itself as Serious Business, as the below 12 bloomin’ minutes of pre-rendered, scene-setting hyper-earnestness reveal…
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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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Roper Talks Flagship, Hellgate, Sadness

By Jim Rossignol on February 8th, 2011.


Gamasutra have a wide-ranging interview with Bill Roper, the juciest portion of which talks about how Hellgate: London went wrong. He says: “It still eventually comes down to dollars and cents and time. I mean, I think when Hellgate: London came out… we knew it needed another four to six months. The publishers knew it needed another four to six months. Everybody was all in. That was kind of the mindset.”. And much more. Go read.

Mythos, Flagship’s other project, is now in beta.

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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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Hellgate Banished To MMO Hell

By Alec Meer on October 27th, 2008.


Or heaven, if you’re one of the 12 people who liked it. We kind of lost track of what was going on with Flagship’s flagship game after their messy demise, but looks like it managed to squeeze out a few more months of half-life. That’s all over come next February though, when the gate to hell will be permanently sealed.
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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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