Bet you weren’t expecting this to drop in November.
But still, it’s nice to see Hellgate return. The game launched in 2007 but was beset with crippling bugs and memory leaks at launch. After a couple of years the game closed down, having struggled to crack the subscription model that World of Warcraft was dominating.
HanbitSoft, a Korean firm, bought Hellgate off creators Flagship Studios in 2010. The game was got a free-to-play re-release in 2011, and a mobile spin-off appeared a couple of years ago.
From the Steam description, the 2018 version of Hellgate will provide “a single play environment with the latest version (Version 2.0) of the Hellgate: Tokyo service.” It’s not known at this stage if it’ll be an upfront purchase, free-to-play, or some kind of hybrid model (hopefully not the weird blend that Hellgate‘s original launch had).
It doesn’t look like multiplayer will be included, with the Steam page only showing singleplayer support. The page doesn’t inspire a great deal of confidence, though. For instance, Windows 9 is listed in the recommended PC requirements:
Expectations aren’t high, then. But it might be fun to roam through Hellgate again. You can follow the project through the Steam page here.