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Hellgate: London Going Free-to-Play in U.S.?

Troubled PC action-RPG Hellgate: London will soon be entirely free-to-play in Asia, Korean publisher HanbitSoft has confirmed, with the game's international fate unknown.

Gamasutra claims the that game "will continue on here [in the West]", though HanbitSoft's official blog does not specify territories for the forthcoming updates.

North American and European publisher Namco Bandai previously said that it would shut down the multiplayer servers in those territories on January 31, 2009, adding that "the servers will never exist in the US and EU again" as Hanbit does not have the rights.

According to Namco, HanbitSoft "owns the IP and rights to publish anywhere other then the US and EU." Following the closure of Hellgate developer Flagship, Hanbit described itself as "the publisher and distributor of Hellgate: London in Asia."

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

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