Hellgate: London Saved by Namco Bandai?

With the fate of Hellgate: London (PC) uncertain following significant layoffs at developer Flagship and the halting of the game's subscription service, publisher Namco Bandai appears to be stepping in to continue support of the online action-RPG

"The game is up, the servers are not going away in the short term and any major changes to status will be communicated in advance," Namco Bandai senior business development director Zack Karlsson wrote on the game's official forum.

"Many things are in flux and we don't have all the information yet," he continued, asking for "patience as we try to figure it all out and chart a new course" and stressing that "in the short term, please do not worry."

Namco Bandai was originally slated to publish the game in North America. However, as the game's release neared, publisher EA handled most of the title's promotion for Namco, with the logos of both companies appearing on the game's cover.

The recent happenings at Flagship Studios have been mired by confusion and contradictory information. The company denies rumors that it has shut down, though it appears to have ceased all internal development and lost a majority of its staff.

Furthermore, Flagship claims that it still retains the rights to both Hellgate: London and Mythos, a fact disputed by Korean publishing partner HanbitSoft, which is said to be preparing legal action against the studio and its management.

HanbitSoft claims that it is owed the Mythos property while Comerica Bank holds the Hellgate rights per a past loan agreement with Flagship, and has stated its intent to continue development and support of both Hellgate and Mythos.

Thanks to Sylvanus for the heads up.

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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