Hellgate Making A Comeback
"HanbitSoft is looking to bring the Flagship Studios and Namco Bandai RPG Hellgate back to life."
Published: 19th January 2010 | Source: GamesIndustry.biz |
Hellgate: London was, by general consensus, an utter failure. The Flagship Studios RPG suffered from numerous in game bugs as well as problems with the core subscription system. Discouraging player feedback led to low morale in the studio and members began to leave in numbers. Eventually, Flagship Studios went under and the American and European Hellgate: London servers were taken offline at the end of January last year.
Still, it seems at least one person felt the game had some worth and potential. Korean developer HanbitSoft is now looking to bring the RPG back to life. Having acquired the intellectual properties for the game back when Flagship fell, HanbitSoft has been hard at work redeveloping the game under the name Hellgate: Resurrection.
The game has received updated source code with additional content as well as a removal of the original 50 level cap. It features the popular Korean MMO business model of free play for basic item content with the option of purchasing other items with real money.
Korean servers went up near the end of last year, with an expansion Hellgate: Tokyo to go live in March, and other Asian servers are currently in the works. Now it seems HanbitSoft feels they are ready to bring the game back to the west.
HanbitSoft has announced that they have acquired worldwide publishing rights for the game from Namco Bandai Games. With this, they plan to release the game once again in America and Europe either this or next year.
"We would like to thank Namco Bandai Games America for allowing us to acquire the Hellgate publishing rights and are thrilled to have eager gamers worldwide return and enjoy the franchise," said HanbitSoft chief Kee-Young Kim.
"Hellgate: Resurrection is heading towards success in Korea such that we decided to push ahead with launching the game overseas next year. We will do our best to get the game to the fans as soon as possible," added Kim.
"We are pleased to participate in the revitalisation of Hellgate through this agreement and are deeply gratified to allow Hanbitsoft to take the lead on this franchise and bring this game to the people who seek it," added Zack Karlsson, senior director of business development at Namco Bandai Games America.