Hellgate: London reopening later this year

HanbitSoft confirms free-to-play version of shuttered Flagship MMO will return in 2011; beta scheduled for June 3-5.

It's been well over two years since reports emerged that Korean game company HanbitSoft had taken over work on Flagship Studios' defunct online shooter role-playing game Hellgate: London. Today, HanbitSoft, along with partners T3 Entertainment and Redbana, confirmed that the full conversion of Hellgate: London to a free-to-play, microtransaction-supported massively multiplayer online game is approaching completion.

The nice thing about gates is they close and they open. They close and they open.

HanbitSoft and company expect to open up the retooled Hellgate: London for a brief closed-beta window between June 3 and 5. The team expects to release more information on how to gain access to the beta test through the game's official website. A full launch for the PC is expected to follow later this year.

Often likened to a postapocalyptic Diablo, Hellgate: London melded fast-paced shooter action with role-playing game item collection and character development. The title was created by Flagship Studios, which was cofounded by one-time Blizzard North executive Bill Roper.

For more information on Hellgate: London, including a post-shutdown postmortem, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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74 comments
GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

Can I play with my special edition mantawraith again?

pharral
pharral

im so excited to play this game online again :D heheh and i hope there using the old one, i bought two for the house and a few for friends :D

CPNGamerGhost
CPNGamerGhost

I got the game when i got it and im down loading it on my laptop that would suck if i have to buy it again

Chilly
Chilly

I wonder if I need to buy it again, or a huge patch?

deal266
deal266

something for while i wait for SWTOR?

Evil_Saluki
Evil_Saluki

The thing I didn't like about Hellgate London playing it online (apart from the fact the game felt like you had bubble vision in first person mode) was how all player characters other then your own were in low resolution, so people can never see how neat and geared your toon looked, as you were just a polygon cutdown smeared mess to them. There were no options to change this, I tried and tried.

fred1mk
fred1mk

Played it before,i will try the MMO to see what will be have.For the living,we march!

wexorian
wexorian

I and other players were expecting soo much from this game But I stopped playng in middle of story, it could be so cool like it was in trailer, i did not like combat at all, well if they are going to make cool game and free 2 play then it will be awesome.

Delius
Delius

Hellgate is one of those games that had huge potential, but ended up disappointing. I expected so much more from that development team. I think the game is fixable, but I'm not optimistic that will happen with this new company.

motorxd
motorxd

I'd love it if all those of us who purchased HGL the first time around got a free pass into the beta... Or at least something.

THA-TODD-BEAST
THA-TODD-BEAST

June 3, eh? You mean the same day as the DNF demo? Great timing.

gytis49847
gytis49847

The graphics was best in game but quests were all same to kill someone or take samthing back after while its gets bored to play :/

Ohaidere
Ohaidere

Microtransactions are the biggest rip off ever. You pretty much are guaranteed to have to spend at least $20+ a month in order to keep up in the game, in comparison to the flat $15 you pay monthly in non F2P games. Free to play is literally one of the more egregious cases of false advertisement in gaming.

gzader
gzader

I bought this when it came out years ago. It was good but repetitive. Played it single player which is probably why it felt repetitive. This should be a good free to play game. I hope it does well. It's sad the original company couldn't make it work.

adilejaz
adilejaz

so far the trailer reveals only jump and slash hit for this class!! is that it??

XxzMayhemzxX
XxzMayhemzxX

This game wasn't that bad.. It was a FPS/3rd person actioner played just like Diablo... The graphics were very muddy, the item menus were even muddier... quests/missions/acts were on par with Diablo basically... I still play the original from time to time... all it needed really is a fresh coat of paint and a new online system, and it's getting it. I'm assuming they sacrificed graphics for the level randomizer engine. It was Borderlands before Borderlands.. Borderlands owes all it has to Hellgate for doing what it did, and building and improving on it. Good news and a much needed restoration for a game deserving so much more... Tip for the old Hellgate London: Only play it with the shooter class in FPS mode... the 3rd person action classes sucked...IMO

sataricon
sataricon

I applied for the beta and got my key let's just hope it's good

Frosty192
Frosty192

@deterrentolive2 you should just delete your account and go somewhere else.

Dpl420
Dpl420

wait what.. holy crap i might play hellgate london again

ptown58
ptown58

Does it take some time to be sent a code ?

-Saigo-
-Saigo-

Signed up for the beta and got in as well...seems like anyone who signs up gets in? I was excited to play this when it first came out but never picked it up due to the bad reviews and complaints. Hopefully they've fixed it as the premise looks promising. @gamerboy100 Yep...that's exactly what it means.

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

I read the books that lead up to the game I was kinda curious how the story continued but then I heard that they where shutting down the online and never picked it up. I'll be looking into this. @deterrentolive2 look up dates before u post

Lash540
Lash540

@deterrentolive2 ..... your dumb.

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

@sirbobislost, It was a paid subscription and single player..

trav75
trav75

@deterrentolive2 This was out before Borderlands...

leepialong
leepialong

is this mmo or single ? it looks like single player.

xViiRGIL
xViiRGIL

Allready signed up and accepted lol(said my courage has been noted, which means when it launches im in lol) Cant wait for june 3rd!!!

Reyveign
Reyveign

One of my favorite games of all time. Original game was cluttered full of bugs (and it took a miracle to play on my Vista build at the time) but man oh man did I have some great fun with that game.

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

Also the big thing about MMO's which the developers dont seem to get is that they take a huge amount of time. If you are playing one of them and enjoying it then you arent going to try a new one.

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

Talk about rising from the dead.....I never played the original but it sounded like a colossal cluster ..... What have they been doing the last two years? Updating graphics, adding content or what?

kyosukeugc
kyosukeugc

Awesome! I can't wait!! I loved HGL!

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

I gave this game a fair shake, I really did. It could've been huge. Every time I think of this game, I get angry. It is the best example of a developer not doing their job and delivering an unacceptable product. Don't care if it's being redone. It failed, bury it already.

swmeek
swmeek

I wonder if they'll decide to patch the single player once they start back up? wait a minute what the hell was I thinking that would make since and actually please people. LMAO

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

I never even knew this game was subscription based in the first place since it's free maybe I'll get round to playing it this time

juliano001
juliano001

I did not liked this game a bit.

Frosty192
Frosty192

@Vambran Diablo 3 will be pushed back another 3 years anyways because Blizzard is known to do that crap. Saying that diablo 3 will beat this game is irrelevant, this is an mmo diablo is co op with a few players.

SiCwan
SiCwan

Wonder if they'll do anything for the people who paid for a life sub.. I doubt it.. :(

vaejas
vaejas

Eh?? A conversion doesn't involve a helluva lot of new code. Sorry chaps, can't have a "beta" for a game that's already released and you aren't going to be charging for. At best it's a new Release Candidate, but this Beta crap has to stop. "The line must be drawn, HERE! THIS far NO further!"

amylian
amylian

I love the game as in fact I am currently immeresed in playing it. I once posted on my facebook this question: Can a videogame that sucks in terms of graphics, storyline, music, design provide a thrilling and enjoyable experience..? The Answer is yes. Hellgate: London does provide such experience...!!

luncHb0X84
luncHb0X84

i loved this game, and hated the fact that it was dead online. so psyched!

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

O M G .... not in a million years did i see this one coming XD. Oh well, maybe ill get my monies worth now!

fustahman24
fustahman24

Im surprised people are excited seeing as it's a Korean developer taking over. That will mean micro transactions out the ass and items that have expirations and need to be repurchased. This is horrible news.

Vambran
Vambran

Diablo 3 will Kill this game, if it even lasts to the release date.

blueliquidplus
blueliquidplus

Can I get my old characters back with all their gear cause I worked my ass off for it lol My Hunter, Templar, and Cabalist are itching for a return ;)

Comra
Comra

Revive Tabula Rasa instead. It was much better than Hellgate ever was.

JOKER677
JOKER677

Wow I remeber seeing this game's previews and wanting to play it a couple years ago I think. Looks nice but don't have the gaming rig...YET. Not until Skyrim

Evilnator
Evilnator

Everything is going free to play.

shaedar
shaedar

Woohoo! It wasn't a perfect game, I'll admit, but it brought a lot of great stuff to the table. I'm excited about the possibility of getting more.

lapiza
lapiza

why make something new when theres something broken that can easily be fixed