Hellgate returning to US and Europe

Written by Joe Martin

January 18, 2010 // 12:10 p.m.

Tags: #flagship #hanbitsoft #hellgate #hellgate-returning-to-us-and-europe #london #namco #resurrection

Flagship Studios' failed RPG punt, the dreary Hellgate: London, is set to make a return in the US and Europe after the server closures and collapse of Flagship of last January.

The game may have closed down in the West, but it's been going strong in Korea for a while now even though legal issues over the ownership of the rights have prevented wider sales.

Now though, Namco Bandai has relented an allowed HanbitSoft to acquire the rights to Hellgate and begin a re-launch across America and Europe.

The re-launched version of Hellgate: London will be re-titled to Hellgate: Resurrection and will boast new features and a new free-to-play business model. The new features have been added by T3 Entertainment, who have been working on the game since July 2008, say GI.biz.

"Hellgate: Resurrection is heading towards success in Korea such that we decided to push ahead with launching the game overseas next year. We will do our best to get the game to the fans as soon as possible," said Kee-young Kim, CEO of Hanbitsoft.

"We are pleased to participate in the revitalisation of Hellgate through this agreement and are deeply gratified to allow Hanbitsoft to take the lead on this franchise and bring this game to the people who seek it," added Zack Karlsson, senior director of business development at Namco Bandai Games America.

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