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Flagship on Hellgate: London: “We just tried to do too much”

Flagship CEO Bill Roper has said Hellgate: London’s failure boils down to simple over-ambition.

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  • HanbitSoft accquires global rights to Hellgate IP

    HanbitSoft has acquired the full rights to Hellgate in the west. Yep: that means the fated pseudo-MMO will return to the US and Europe.

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  • New Hellgate expansion in development

    Bit slow on this, sorry. HanbitSoft – the South Korean company that now owns the rights to Hellgate: London – has confirmed that there’s new content in the pipe for the troubled action-RPG-MMO. “Since acquiring the intellectual property rights, HanbitSoft Inc., the publisher and distributor of Hellgate: London in Asia, has concentrated on the development […]

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  • Hellgate's Bill Roper lands at Cryptic Studios

    Champions Online developer Cryptic Studios just confirmed that Bill Roper has taken a role at the firm as design director. Roper’s last project, Hellgate: London, ended in the closure of Flagship Studios, the company Roper co-founded. “Bill brings a ton of creative energy to the Cryptic office and we’re thrilled to have him join our […]

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  • Roper on Flagship: "We're working hard on how to end gracefully"

    Speaking to 1UP in a frank interview, Flagship boss Bill Roper has admitted there’s nothing left to do with Hellgate developer Flagship other than pack up and go home with a little dignity. “We’re working hard on how to end gracefully,” he said. “Obviously, we’ve got people we owe money to, so we’re doing absolutely […]

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  • Namco steps in to rescue Hellgate

    According to a post on the official Hellgate forums, Namco has stepped in to save the Flagship game being washed away in the wake of the developer’s demise. “I know everyone is looking for an announcement, and we’d love to make one, but right now, many things are in flux and we don’t have all […]

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  • Mythos says goodbye to community in wake of Flagship firing

    Travis Baldree, project lead and programmer on Flagship MMO Mythos, has created a thread on the official Mythos forums bidding adieu to the game’s fanbase. You’ve been an incredible community that we’ve all felt privileged to be a part of, and we’re not quite ready to let go of that little family just yet. No […]

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  • Flagship not dead, but everyone has been fired

    According to this Bingegamer piece, Flagship boss Bill Roper has issued a statement on the state of the developer, saying that while everyone has been laid off, the company is still alive. “It is with deep regret that I must announce that Flagship Studios has laid off most employees,” he said. “However, the core management […]

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  • Breaking: Flagship Studios to close today, says report

    According to this Voodoo Extreme report, all Flagship Studios staff have been laid off and the Hellgate developer’s office will be officially closed down today. From the piece: Word of the studio closure reached Korean distributor HanbitSoft, leading to the release of a statement regarding intellectual property control and the subsequent clarification by their American […]

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  • More trouble at Flagship as lay-offs are confirmed

    Hellgate developer Flagship Studios has made significant staff cuts, the firm has confirmed to Gamasutra. The news comes after a programmer claimed people were leaving the company “in droves” last month, a report quickly controlled by the company. No specific details are offered in the Gamasutra report on the size of the redundancies.

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  • Flagship staffer does fast back-tracking on "droves" blog post

    Guy Somber, the Flagship developer who authored a blog post saying people were leaving the company “in droves”, has told Destructoid has said that the text was aimed at his family and friends and had no bearing on what was happening at the company. “Things here at Flagship are running business as usual,” he said […]

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  • Staff leaving Flagship "in droves," says programmer

    Talking on his blog, Flagship audio and gameplay programmer Guy Somberg has admitted that the Hellgate studio has something of a leakage issue. “So why is work depressing? The reason is that people are leaving. In droves, they’re leaving,” he said. “We’ve had programmers, accountants, HR people, and artists leave. The founders are all still […]

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  • Hellgate gets over 1 million subs in Korea

    Funny old world. Despite not really doing the do in the west, Flagship’s Hellgate: London has attracted over a million subscribers in Korea after only two weeks on sale, Joystiq reports. From the site: Hellgate’s beta officially kicked off in Korea on January 15, and according to Korean online game tracking service Gametrics, the game […]

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  • Flagship gets more funding

    Flagship Studios has announced a funding deal with Comerica Bank which apparently uses “an independent film financing model as its basis”. A film facility’s been set up based on the money made from Hellgate, from the sound of it. “By following a model similar to independent film financing, we are able to directly finance ongoing […]

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