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January 19th, 2010, 03:33
Hellgate: London is returning to Europe and the US according to Inc Gamers.
Hellgate: London was launched by Flagship Studios in 2007, but failed to make a mark and the game’s servers were closed down indefinitely in Europe and NA. Namco Bandai, who obtained the rights to the game after Flagship’s demise, stated at the time that there were no plans to re-open the game in the west, although HanbitSoft would be continuing the game in Korea.
Since that time, HanbitSoft has rebuilt and expanded the existing game, and the next instalment, Hellgate: Resurrection, was announced last month.
It now looks like players in the west will be getting back in on the Hellgate action later this year, following the announcement this morning. The company plans to re-launch the game in China, Taiwan, South East Asia, followed by Europe, NA and Japan.
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January 19th, 2010, 03:33
Hmmn, Hellgate Tokyo

Interesting to see what happens but the community was more fun than the game-not really an RPG but a ARPG
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January 19th, 2010, 03:40
HG:L might go down as one of the most overhyped PC games ever. It wasn't a terrible game, just nowhere near as good as its expectations.
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HG:L might go down as one of the most overhyped PC games ever. It wasn't a terrible game, just nowhere near as good as its expectations.
Exactly … and it didn't help that they spent all that time with the user-hostile subscriptions which essentially screwed over their loyal followers in the end.

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January 19th, 2010, 12:09
Great news.

I really enjoyed the game, even with its atrocious launch. I really feel for those guys, because while they obviously didn't understand PR and how to deal with the modern MMO market, they obviously knew about gameplay. It's the single most visceral experience I've had playing an action RPG. If only they didn't ignore the presentation of the story, because it was sort of interesting in some ways. Not that I'd ever play an action RPG purely for the story, but they took it too far in terms of not working on it.

I think it's the best in the genre since Diablo 2 - warts and all.

Can't wait to get back into it.
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January 19th, 2010, 13:42
I still have a big ol' collector's edition box sitting there … someday when I have time I'll reinstall … like you say, not as bad as the backlash would indicate, but a nice case study of how to destroy a company with bad decisions.

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January 19th, 2010, 13:47
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HG:L might go down as one of the most overhyped PC games ever. It wasn't a terrible game, just nowhere near as good as its expectations.
nahh I'd give that distinction to DA:O.
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January 19th, 2010, 14:11
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nahh I'd give that distinction to DA:O.
Perhaps you should change your user name to 'Sirtrollsalot'

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Perhaps you should change your user name to 'Sirtrollsalot'
And maybe you should change your name to hyprocrite1265
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January 20th, 2010, 15:29
While such comments are certainly amusing, I don't think you'll find many RPG fans (even oldschool ones like the majority of the posters here at the Watch) that feels DA did not deliver.

Can't think of any promises made by the developers that was not actually delivered in the game. Except the DLC "The Return to Ostagar", of course.
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January 20th, 2010, 22:03
Originally Posted by Maylander View Post
While such comments are certainly amusing, I don't think you'll find many RPG fans (even oldschool ones like the majority of the posters here at the Watch) that feels DA did not deliver.

Can't think of any promises made by the developers that was not actually delivered in the game. Except the DLC "The Return to Ostagar", of course.
But didn't it have too many "R"s in the names of persons and locations?
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January 21st, 2010, 04:10
Originally Posted by Maylander View Post
While such comments are certainly amusing, I don't think you'll find many RPG fans (even oldschool ones like the majority of the posters here at the Watch) that feels DA did not deliver.

Can't think of any promises made by the developers that was not actually delivered in the game. Except the DLC "The Return to Ostagar", of course.
Actually if you look on most forums (especially the news site forums) on most website, you'll find people who are dissatisfied with DA:O. I for on can say that DA:O didn't really do anything for me. fun game yes, GOTY material, not really.
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January 21st, 2010, 07:28
I personally disagree with you, but you'd put it down as one of the most overhyped ever, even more so than Hellgate? Because that's the original context.

In terms of your post, sure, some people are disappointed - as with with virtually any game - but I'm pretty sure they are a smaller group than those that love it. If it doesn't win GotY here, it will come close. It's in the quarter final voting at Qt3 and so on and so on.

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January 21st, 2010, 07:57
I didn't expect much from DA:O, so I was actually very pleasantly suprised.

In the end, it was a great CRPG that I consider one of the best in years. Unfortunately, it didn't quite hold up throughout - because I found the character mechanics underwhelming, and I was especially disappointed in how little incentive I found to replay the thing.

But that's because I enjoy the character building aspect more than the idea of replaying the same story from slightly different angles.

Overall, though, it remains a fantastic CRPG and certainly Bioware's best since KotOR.
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January 21st, 2010, 09:16
Since the story was a major problem with Hellgate: London I wonder how Hanbitsoft will do. Korean and Japanese developers usually focus more on the story in their games so maybe they could make that aspect better.

PS. Also I think Tokyo would fit better with this kind of game.
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