Namco Bandai has now announced that it will close all the servers for the ill-fated Hellgate: London
, ending the online portion of the game, on the 31st of January, 2009.
The game, which was published by Electronic Arts and developed by Flagship Studios, proved to be a failure on both critical and financial fronts and resulted in the closure of Bill Roper's Flagship Studios
earlier this year.
The failure also forced the cancellation of Flagship's other project, Mythos
, which was then in the late beta stage.
Namco Bandai, who now run the servers for the online RPG portion of the game, have announced that in a gesture of support for the community the servers will be free from now until the shutdown date.
Whether or not the games will return in some form at a later date is still a bit unclear, but Asian publisher T3 has bought the rights to both games and is rumoured to have an internal studio working on the titles.
scored only mediocre reviews back when it was released, though you can check out our extensive graphics analysis and review
for more information.
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