Sorry Hellgate fans – even the promise of a new expansion won’t keep your game of choice from getting the padlock treatment in 2009.
Community manager Diane “Tiggs” Migliaccio explained in a post on the official Hellgate forums:
“People are speculating and I don’t want anyone shocked on January 31, 2009 when the server and forums shut down and there is nothing.”
“Let me explain things a bit to see if it clears up any issues for you. [Expansion developer/publisher] Hanbit owns the IP and rights to publish anywhere other than the US and EU and I think the other territory is Japan. NAMCO owns the rights to publish in the US and EU.”
And that’s that. For now.