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Hellgate MMOFPS Open Beta is Now Here

Thursday evening T3 Entertainment, HanbitSoft and Redbana officially opened the gates to the hellish free-to-play action-RPG game, Hellgate. Currently it's in Open Beta and available to gamers in Europe and North America only (this version, anyway). And as promised, T3 Entertainment is celebrating the long-awaited launch with four special events: the Guild Reservoir event, the Daily Supplies event, the To Level in Hell event and the Level and Be Rewarded event, each awarding top players with valuable prizes.

"Hellgate is a free-to-play, online, action RPG that allows you to play in a first-person or third-person perspective," reads the game's description. "Set 27 years into the future, an ancient prophecy made centuries ago has come true and the gates of hell have opened. Demons have overrun the world of man and roam our lands, destroying, pillaging and killing humans. With the world above ground abandoned, dark and burnt to hellfire, humans are forced into hiding to protect what remains of their race while making plans to take back a world that was once theirs. In the game, mankind escapes to the underground system under the sprawling metropolis of London."

Hellgate was originally developed by Flagship Studios and launched back in October 2007. After the studio went bankrupt, development halted and the IP was seized as collateral by Comerica Bank. Prolonging the game's eventual death, Namco Bandai provided free US/EU server support until January 31 2009 when the servers were taken offline. HanbitSoft finally swooped in, acquired the Hellgate properties and launched the game in Korea after a controversial legal dispute with the defunct developer. The company then secured the US/EU territory rights in 2010.

As reported last week, the open beta now includes two new game modes – the PvP Duel Area and the zombie-infested Cow Room. To download the client, interested demon hunters can head here where there's a list of mirrors and an optional torrent method. The download size is right around 5.66 GB.

  • Trialsking
    I wonder if it will be as lame as the Hellgate London game.
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  • agnickolov
    Typo in the title - should be MMORPG, not MMOFPS
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  • brandonjclark
    I actually liked Hellgate:London a lot. It had a GREAT loot system.
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  • king421
    I thought they changed it from free-to-play to a "free trial" two days ago. You have to spend like $4 to play all the content from what I have gathered.
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  • henydiah
    i love free .. awesome
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  • englandr753
    That would kill the mood to go back. I don't have time to play this game atm anyway.

    I'm anticipating the new Oblivion release on 11/11/11 instead. =D
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  • NuclearShadow
    Hell Gate London is one of the more modern examples of why games should not be over-hyped. Hype is good for sales but when its over done people end up expecting something the game could never live up to. Everyone walks away in disappointment and in this case financial ruin for the original devs. Not only did the game not live up to the hype but it was extremely bug ridden. All my friends fell into the hype and went out and purchased this game and I didn't, next thing I know every single one of them was whining to me about it. Sadly I doubt neither the industry nor the gamers have learned their lesson yet.

    englandr753I'm anticipating the new Oblivion release on 11/11/11 instead. =D
    I think you mean the next Elders Scrolls, Oblivion was simply the name of the forth in the series. If you haven't already try Elder Scrolls 3 Morrowind if by any chance your a rather young gamer and the graphics put you off there are mods to make it look much better. It's a fantastic game.
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  • psychshaman
    king421I thought they changed it from free-to-play to a "free trial" two days ago. You have to spend like $4 to play all the content from what I have gathered.
    Yah, this was a terrible idea. You can only get past lvl 20 content if you get the ticket. The ticket is across your whole account, and you can either pay the $4 or spend like 250k in game gold. So if you really like the game, and you don't want to spend the $4, you can still trade with people for it.

    They should have just charged $5 to play the game, or increased the price of the other cash shop items.
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  • englandr753
    NuclearShadowI think you mean the next Elders Scrolls, Oblivion was simply the name of the forth in the series. If you haven't already try Elder Scrolls 3 Morrowind if by any chance your a rather young gamer and the graphics put you off there are mods to make it look much better. It's a fantastic game.
    Correct. I was in a hurry posting and had been working in my media center room 12 hours prior to sitting down for a minute relaxing browsing THG. Thanks for the correction...


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  • clonazepam
    I gave it another go but starting over completely and the dated graphics couldn't get my sauces flowing. I'm gonna hop over to the conan one and see what's up cuz i never tried it before. still just waiting for sw:tor.
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