Hellgate open beta begins Thursday

HanbitSoft's free-to-play revamp of Flagship's shooter MMO Hellgate: London will begin begin open beta testing in North America and Europe on June 30, which looks like it'll run for at least a month.

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The free-to-play relaunch of Flagship's failed shooter action-RPG Hellgate: London will enter open beta testing in North America and Europe on Thursday, June 3, new co-operator T3 Entertainment has announced. This follows an unusually short three-day closed beta earlier in the month.

There's no word on exactly how long Hellgate's open beta will run for. However, it has to be at least a month, as that's the duration of one of the events celebrating its launch. Four events will reward players with fancy items, tokens, or virtual currency for playing in a large guild, doing daily quests, levelling quickly, and hitting level milestones.

Two new game modes will also be available when the open beta launches. Duel Arena will offer team-based deathmatch fun, while the Cow Room will contain no bovines but, rather, hordes of zombies and the promise of "the newest and rarest Hellgate item drops."

The revamped Hellgate is due to launch in earnest some time this year. It's being brought back by publisher T3 Entertainment and its subsidiary HanbitSoft, who have continued to operate the game in South Korea since the closure of creator Flagship Studios in 2008.

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    June 27, 2011 7:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Hellgate open beta begins Thursday.

    HanbitSoft's free-to-play revamp of Flagship's shooter MMO Hellgate: London will begin begin open beta testing in North America and Europe on June 30, which looks like it'll run for at least a month.

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      June 27, 2011 7:22 AM

      Looking forward to seeing what changes they made active. Was one of those that got the megaedition and was sad when the game was shutdown.

      Free to play=awesome even for this game which was OK on launch with all it's potential and just floundered around not knowing what to do with itself.


      Hopefully it's a better game now.

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        June 27, 2011 8:39 AM

        The melee classes were pretty fun. The ranged classes... not so much.

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          June 27, 2011 8:43 AM

          Engineer was boring. Marksman was ok.

          My favorite was the evoker.

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            June 27, 2011 9:06 AM

            the caster classes were awesome because BEE GUN

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              June 27, 2011 1:53 PM

              IIRC melee got bee swords.

              regardless...

              Give 'em the BEES!

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      June 27, 2011 8:34 AM

      its like resurrecting the dead horse only to have it beaten to death again

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      June 27, 2011 9:01 AM

      Have these been old pics of the game or current? If current they changed nothing art wise : /

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      June 27, 2011 9:53 AM

      the closed beta a few weeks ago was hella fun. I'm all over this. Still love the idea of this game, and they've made a number of fixes and changes from the original.

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        June 27, 2011 2:02 PM

        did they add impact animations and improve the weapon attack/impact sounds?

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      June 27, 2011 8:03 PM

      Original Post Shows "June 3rd"