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nekrosoft13
01-26-09, 02:05 PM
Although it is slated to stop operating in the West on January 31, multiplayer online title Hellgate: London will continue on here as a free-to-play game, according to comments from Korean publisher and developer HanbitSoft.

The announcement comes in spite of a decision by Namco-Bandai, which co-published the game through an agreement with Electronic Arts' EA Partners, to terminate the game's servers.

HanbitSoft has asserted that it owns the IP, engines and source code for the Flagship Studios title worldwide, and will maintain Hellgate: London for its global community. HanbitSoft had previously been responsible for only the game's Korean operations.

The switch to a free-to-play model was the first official announcement the company has made regarding the fate of the title, which during its lifetime suffered from perceived quality issues, and an insufficient userbase, playing a key role in the closing of Flagship Studios in July 2008.

HanbitSoft also says in an official press statement seen by Gamasutra that future updates for Hellgate: London are in the works, with a focus on "strengthening community features" while maintaining the core gameplay as is.

The next "large-scale" patch, according to HanbitSoft, will be released "soon," and will combine the game's two play modes to unify its communities. The company also plans class balance improvements and further distinction between the game's five acts.

http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=22005

|MaguS|
01-26-09, 02:07 PM
I might try it out if its free to play, then it would be nothing more then a Diablo clone in 3D. :)

nekrosoft13
01-26-09, 02:13 PM
not 100%, but i think you can download the game here

http://hg.hanbiton.com/DataRoom/Download.aspx?chk=3

Tr1cK
01-26-09, 02:13 PM
not 100%, but i think you can download the game here

http://hg.hanbiton.com/DataRoom/Download.aspx?chk=3

hieroglyphics?

NaitoSan
01-26-09, 02:23 PM
I'm actually glad to see Hellgate: London is still alive with upcoming patch to fix many things. I like Hellgate: London and wanted it to do well so we could see a better sequel. The concept is great but too bad it didn't meet up the exception.

I still have the copy, not sure if it'll work but we'll see. I'd give it a try when it's up and ready.

|MaguS|
01-26-09, 03:18 PM
not 100%, but i think you can download the game here

http://hg.hanbiton.com/DataRoom/Download.aspx?chk=3

Its for less then a buck on ebay.

ViN86
01-26-09, 03:24 PM
I might try it out if its free to play, then it would be nothing more then a Diablo clone in 3D. :)

not worth the time imo with Diablo 3 in the works.

|MaguS|
01-26-09, 03:31 PM
not worth the time imo with Diablo 3 in the works.

Yeah but thats not coming out till 2015... speaking of Diablo, I reinstalled D2 and Titan Quest recently, hehe. :)

Tr1cK
01-26-09, 03:52 PM
TQ rocked. We need more of these genre!

Badboy_12345
02-01-09, 03:32 AM
Wait so its completely free to play now?

*grabs the box and installs*

There are no servers up.... YOU LIED!!! LIER!!!
:bleh:

lumpyhed
02-01-09, 06:09 AM
awesome news! Now they just need to integrate lan play :p