Posts Tagged ‘Hellgate’

Hellgate: The Returnening: The Open Beta

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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From Hell: The Hellgate Mini-Movie

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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See You Later, Hellgater. Yes.

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?

Hellgate: Resurrection Heads To Tokyo

This is from the March patch by HanbitSoft.

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. Still, with the announcement of a new version of Mythos last week, it’s interesting to see what happened next to the disastrous MMO.

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Bill Roper Speaks About Flagship

Bye : (

The mystery behind the Flagship fiasco has produced much speculation. At last Bill Roper has spoken out, in an interview with 1Up. You can now learn about the last couple of months at Flagship in detail. And it looks like it really is the last couple of months at Flagship. Sad stuff.

“Really, our focus now has been on how we best take care of the guys that aren’t there anymore and help them find jobs with other teams… We’re really working to get those guys placed. Then, past that, we’ve been spending a lot of time trying to take care of our creditors and other fiscal challenges. But it’s definitely at the point where we’re not exactly trying to plot a gigantic turnaround with a bright, rosy future at Flagship. It’s unfortunately more the other side of the coin… We’re working hard on how to end gracefully.”

Read the full interview here.

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 and Mythos still functions.
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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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