Directly from the Hellgate London website:
For questions regarding the shut down or additional information about Hellgate: London, please visit the game’s official website at www.hellgatelondon.com.
Santa Clara, Calif., (October 24, 2008) – NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today announced that they will continue to support customers of PC game Hellgate™: London with online server support and play through January 31, 2009 despite the closure of Flagship Studios. In a further gesture of support, Namco Bandai Games will provide this server support free of charge to all fans and players of the game up until the shut down date.
NAMCO BANDAI Games appreciate the enthusiasm of all the Hellgate: London players and looks forward to providing them with future entertainment products.
P.S. All the sub features and everything are open to everyone till servers go down.
Well it was fun while it lasted.
Good luck to the various people who worked on the game with whatever they do next, thanks to Tiggs and the other ex-Ping0 people who stuck around until the end and thanks to all the fans who made this site a joy to be a part of.
Now onto Diablo 3!!!
Kaiser just posted a response to the concerns about the EULA, which contains a paragraph about an “adware” collecting non-personal information. Some do not care, some think it is a breach in their privacy, and here is a summary (because this post is rather long) of what Kaiser has to say on the subject :
- FSS will not scan the player’s computer for personal information without warning.
- This part of the EULA is useful, as it will permit FSS to fight hackers and cheaters more effectively.
- EA does not have control over the online and offline security of the game.
- The ads are in the game to further realism.
- Partnership with Massive saves time for FSS, who won’t have to take care of the advertising themselves.
- All ads must be approved by FSS before entering the game.
Should we elect to serve ads, they must be approved by us, Flagship Studios. […] We have no interest in putting giant, bright-white billboard in the middle of your battles or having you wield swords of Brand X Cola.
- Ping0 and FSS keep total control over the online components of Hellgate: London.
Finally, Hellgate: London and all of the online play and components are controlled by Flagship Studios and Ping0. We’re all gamers here, and we’re as sensitive to protecting our personal information as you are. This is why we have spent the past six months becoming a member of the ESRB Privacy Online certification program. This means that we’re meeting the most rigorous standards in the industry for protecting your privacy and the information that you provide us.
Well, I am sure most people will be reassured. I am ^_^
Looking to work with one of the hottest developer groups ever to set up shop in the fine state of California? Got mad skills in designing web-focused graphics? The perfect position has opened up for you!
Graphics Designer/Artist, Ping0, San Francisco
Flagship Studios’ Online Division, Ping0, is developing a high-performance client/server network platform and, upon that foundation, the online functions for the worldwide launch of our eagerly-anticipated PC action/role-playing game, Hellgate: London. Ping0 is currently seeking a skilled Graphics Designer/Artist to join its growing team.
* Site Architecture, Structure and Layout of external facing websites
* Ability to clearly visualize projects from concept to final design
* Minimum two years of experience as a Graphics Designer/Artist
* Experience working with current graphics tools: e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, etc…
* Graphics Art/ Layout experience
* Solid portfolio of previous websites designed including corporate and business sites and entertainment oriented sites
* Ability to effectively work individually or as part of a team
* Experience/interest in online gaming preferred
* Degree in Graphic Design or related field
Bonus Points Awarded:
* Experience creating UI Art or Designing User Interfaces for software of any kind
* Experience implementing user interfaces for software, web-based or otherwise
* UI Design and Information Architecture background
* Strong attention to detail
* Interest in hit games
Send us your resume!
Also, be sure to include a link to an online portfolio, or mail a CD/DVD of your work to:
ATTN: Graphics Designer/Artist, Ping0
221 King St. #118
San Francisco, CA 94107
As an additional tip, a magical pixie has offered me the following hint to share: “a decent portfolio and an interest in games may be more important than the listed requirements.” Go get ‘em, Hellgaters!
Perhaps one of the rarest occurrences in the lifespan of a fansite staff member is when he or she evolves, levels up, or otherwise jumps the shark in the form of being hired by the very developers producing the game that the fansite follows. Well, lightning has struck twice here at Hellgate Guru. And so! Without further ado! It’s my pleasure to (re)introduce our newly ascended Hellgate Guru staff members!
In the left corner, wearing orange, weighing in at next to nothing and towering above almost everything (no kidding either, guy’s damn tall), it’s the fearsome Taylor “Chatroom Terror” Balbi, previously known as Krazy Kaution, one of our Technical Crew members! And in the right corner, also wearing orange, weighing in at…wait, he didn’t write numbers in the weight and height boxes, just “DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU…” — it’s none other than the impervious speed hack maestro, Joshua “Ihasaflavour” Galvin, whose mild-mannered alter ego is Technical Director Pyke, one of the administrator triad here at Hellgate Guru. And now, to the more than 5500 in attendance and the millions watching worldwide (hey, I can hope), let’s get ready to Hellgaaaaaaaaaate!
Lighthearted announcements aside, major congratulations and kudos on being hired by Flagship Studios and/or Ping0, gents. Now I want to have a good, clean fight, got it?
While we were made aware of the start of Mythos’ beta test a few days ago, the press release from Ping0 just went out this morning.
“The opening of the closed beta program is a real milestone in the development of Mythos,” said Phil Shenk, Creative Director of Mythos and founding member of Flagship Studios, “With its simple pick-up-and-play gameplay and an ever-expanding universe, the beta test will offer players their first opportunity to experience the Mythos universe before the commercial release later this year.”
Mythos is an online, action role-playing game that is free to download and free to play. Set in the land of Uld – a fantasy world arising from the ashes of an epoch-long war of darkness – players assume the roles of fantasy heroes as they explore, adventure, and quest through entirely randomized dungeons and environments. With an elegant point-and-click interface and an accessible “isometric” perspective, Mythos is poised to have near-universal appeal. The game allows thousands of players to interact within the same world while using mostly “instanced” dungeons to create unique gaming experiences suited for both solo and group-minded players.
For those who haven’t gotten into the test yet, you can sign up here
It’d seem they didn’t see fit to wait for the new websites to launch. Job openings with Flagship Studios, Flagship Seattle, and Ping0 have been listed on the temporary Flagship Studios website.
Good luck, applicants! Thanks, Sulfuric, for the heads-up.