Hellgate: London Expansion Coming, HanbitSoft to 'Continue Developing the World's Best Game'

By Chris Faylor, Nov 03, 2008 9:11am PST Korean publisher HanbitSoft has revealed that it is working on an downloadable expansion for Hellgate: London, and confirmed that it now holds the rights to the troubled PC action-RPG franchise.

The update is meant to "surpass The Abyss Chronicles" content that arrived earlier this year, according to a HanbitSoft statement noticed by Gamasutra. The studio noted that development is occurring in its US studio, likely referring to the new development studio recently founded by HanbitSoft majority shareholder T3 Entertainment.

The expansion will be distributed through the HanbitSoft website. North American co-publisher Namco Bandai recently noted that it will shut down the game's online servers come February 2009, which follows the closure of Hellgate developer Flagship.

Though HanbitSoft did not directly address the online server shutdown, the studio expressed its hope to deliver "good news shortly" and its intention to "continue developing the world's best game."

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  • Here's the big issue with the game: It promised the world Lionhead Studios style and actually had the look/feel down pat on the videos that we saw put out (Remember the bug wielding blademaster jumping and dashing through stuff? ). The game looked stunning and seemed like everything we wanted in a diablo clone with guns and magic.

    Then the alpha/beta came. We saw that it was still not finished, buggy, game breaking errors that had no reason why they weren't fixed (Engineer drone losing all skill points/items on crash/logout). Forum post after forum post after error and bug log were put up on the forums but nothing was done. Then Oct 31st came and the world saw what all of us in alpha/beta saw and the hate came flooding in.

    Has the game come a long way from release? Yes, yes it has. It still can be fun at times with friends, but the game play gets old fast. The story mode looks half finished, the list of bug problems exists, skill trees still need tweaking. It's 75% done but Flagshipped folded under the tremendous hate mail and INTERNET damnation (flagshipped.com holla!) that drove the company down and out.

    It was neat in principle, flawed in execution, failed in follow-up. That's what killed this game. Yes I bought the collector's edition and recommended it to all my WoW buddies, they all hate me for it still. Hellgate has promise, I'll wait and see what Hanibitsoft can do with it from here.