Today EA and NAMCO BANDAI announced the release date for Hellgate: London - the highly anticipated MMOG developed by Flagship Studios, which is headed by ex-Blizzard co-founder Bill Roper.
As a veteran MMO player, this concerns me a bit due to the fact that the game is still in alpha. A 3 month beta period for an MMO really isn't enough to hammer out all the possible bugs with it, but maybe Flagship has something up their sleeves that the general public doesn't know yet.
EA AND NAMCO BANDAI GAMES ANNOUNCE OCTOBER 31st RELEASE DATE FOR HELLGATE: LONDON
Redwood City, Calif. – August 6, 2007 – Get ready to hack, slash, and shoot your way through a demon-infested London this Halloween! Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) and NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced that Hellgate™: London, the premier title from Flagship Studios, will start hitting retail stores in North America on October 31, 2007 and in Europe on November 2, 2007 for the PC. Hellgate: London represents the next leap in the evolution of the action RPG genre, combining the depth and addictive gameplay of traditional RPGs with the visceral action of first-person shooters.
“We wanted to hit the sweet-spot for release in terms of the development schedule and delivering the highest-quality game to our players,” said Bill Roper, CEO of Flagship Studios. “Halloween was the perfect fit as it ensures that Hellgate: London will have an appropriate amount of beta testing, while also being an incredibly fun time to unleash the game.”
One of the most anticipated PC games and RPGs of the year, Hellgate: London offers infinite re-playability with dynamically generated levels, items, enemies and events. The player creates a heroic character, completes quests, and battles through an innumerable amount of demons to advance through a deep, rich story-driven campaign. A robust, flexible skill and spell system, highly customizable appearances, and a massive variety of randomly generated equipment allow each player to create his or her own unique hero.
If you want to read more, you can check out the news and press release by visiting the Hellgate: London release announcement.