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Posts tagged “Hellgate”

Hellgate: The Returnening: The Open Beta

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…

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From Hell: The Hellgate Mini-Movie

'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…

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Hellgate: Resurrection Heads To Tokyo

After the phenomenal runaway success of Hellgate: London it was only a matter of time before there'd be an expansion... Justhangonaminute. Astonishingly this is not a mad lie. There really is to be a Hellgate: Tokyo. There's even a debut teaser to prove it, below. However, it's looking likely that the Korean owners, HanbitSoft, will be keeping the game and this new expansion inside Asia.…

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Flagship At Half-Mast But Still Afloat

Those of us hoping for a fairytale ending to the snowballing Flagship Studios saga aren't going to get one. But we do get one of those ambiguous movie endings where whether the hero lives or dies after the credits roll depends on the viewer's rationalisation/wishful thinking. Yes, a weird story gets weirder: despite reports of their demise since Friday, the troubled studio behind Hellgate: London…

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Bloodbath at Flagship?

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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Flagship: “We ended up rushing Hellgate”

I recently had a bit of a chinwag with Flagship COO Max Schaefer for Eurogamer. Primarily it's about free MMO Mythos, a game they sound supremely confident about: "Can we take down the big boys? I think we can take down some of them. And I'd like to put a dent in the others." He's also remarkably honest about its similarities to Diablo and WoW,…

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Hellgate? Screwed. Tabula Rasa? Okay. Apparently.

If we paid attention to note the relative amounts of Online RPG noteworthy news, we'd be sure to note that today is the biggest day for noteworthy news since the previous noteworthy news day. Firstly, Bluesnews brings to our attention that Flagshipped discovered Guy Somberg's blog post about the state of affairs at Flagship. He rapidly deleted it, but Google-cache remembers all, where he despairs…

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Hellgategate

We're hearing contradictory reports as to the success of the oft-maligned Hellgate: London. Well, we know it's not doing so well over here, but grindfest-lovin' Korea's another matter. Developers Flagship have chucked out a press release claiming it's the most successful online launch in Korea in three years, rising to become the ninth most-played online game in the country. Which, in a country with a…

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Hellgate: Plunder

Poor old Hellgate: London hasn't been off to a splendid start. One Wednesday it was revealed that customers were having their credit cards billed repeatedly, then to rub salt in that financial wound, even after paying people still weren't getting access to the members' benefits. In the early hours of this morning, Hellgate developers Flagship posted this to their forum (I link to the unofficial…

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Hellgate Demo Materialises

The demo of Flagship Studios' demonic Big Smoke-based guns 'n' magic RPG has arrived. Oh yes. You can summon the 1.5gb beast from here, here, or here. This demonstration version of the game features two classes and a bunch of missions from the Holborn and Covent Garden sections of the game. The full game, which features all kinds of multiplayer group-hugging and zombie mashing functions,…

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Hellgate: London Loves

As the number of Beta Impressions of Hellgate spread across the net, deductive game-watchers will realise the embargo has lifted for us Journo sorts. Well, mostly. We can only use five grabs from the first part of the game or we'll be crushed by enormous fists. So, whilst other sites are doing useful things like telling you about the game, we're going to deal with…

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Money for Old Roper

I'm interviewing Flagship Studio's Ex-Blizzard-ite Bill Roper tomorrow for a magazine, so have been doing a little research into what sort of things the man's been saying recently. Some interesting stuff out there. Hellgate: London is a game which I've been, while not ignoring, I've been more waiting to actually actively have a chance to play the bally thing than following the hype. So, while…

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