Hellgate: London was the first (and only) game released by Flagship Studios, the company founded by the creators of the Diablo series and most of the others who created D1/D2/D3. Despite high potential, HGL didn’t do too well upon launch, and for a while “Flagshipped” was an adjective you most definitely did not want applied to your work. HGL launched in late 2007 and was offline in the US by late 2009.

    Since then it’s been available, sort of, in Korea and other parts of Asia, and we’ve had sporadic news tidbits about plans for a future F2P version for the US. I didn’t give that much credence, but apparently it’s actually happening. They’ve got a website offering closed beta sign ups (apparently all spots have been filled) for a testing period from June 3-5, and they promise much more to come over the summer.

    Developed by T3 Entertainment and published by HanbitSoft, the new and enhanced Hellgate, formerly known as Hellgate: London and including the Hellgate: Tokyo expansion, will reopen its gates to players who crave life and death encounters. Available in both third person and first person perspective, this dark world of futuristic demons utilizes random maps and monster inventions during gameplay. Hellgate also offers a choice for players to join other parties in multiplayer mode, or go it alone in a solo campaign – if they dare?

    So how ‘bout it? Has it been long enough that your HGL memories and scars have faded? Have you read enough self-lacerating Bill Roper interviews to forgive and forget? Are you interested in trying the game again? Or do you still hold a grudge and decline quite firmly any possibility of demon-hunting through the ruined streets of London and/or Tokyo?

    Thanks to Bob ROss and Dacar92 for prompting me to finally write something about this.

    I should say “no way.” Hell, I’ve still got a DVD of the original game that I never even finished. But watching that old intro cinematic just now… I am sort of interested. Despite my better judgment, and despite not having the time to play it even if I wanted to.

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