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.

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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.
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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