Korean publisher HanbitSoft is finally ready to reopen Hellgate, Flagship Studios’ online multiplayer tale of demonic invasion, in North America. Closed beta for the free-to-play game launches in early June, with a full release coming later this year.
and is back (in Asia). In the West, however, it remains dead, despite the best efforts of new franchise owners HanbitSoft.
Hellforge posits that 2008 was the worst year on record for MMOs. But the “collapse” had nothing to do with the genre’s viability, and everything to do with hubris and poor decisions by game-makers.