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Namco Bandai keeping Hellgate open?

Hellgate London developer Flagship Studios receiving support from Japanese publisher amid job losses and subscriber uncertainty.

Last week, San Francisco-based developer Flagship Studios announced it had not only laid off the majority of its employees, but it also shut down subscriptions for its online action game Hellgate Palladium.

Many suspected that this may be the death knell for the company and its games, but Flagship insisted it was moving forward with the core management and founding team members still in place.

While things continue to look uncertain for the developer created primarily by ex-Blizzard North developers, at least its game looks to be getting support from its international copublisher Namco Bandai.

Zack Karlsson, Namco Bandai Games America's senior director of business development, headed to the game's forums to reassure players that the game was still running despite all current subscriptions not being billed.

"The game is up, the servers are not going away in the short term and any major changes to status will be communicated in advance."

Karlsson also confirmed that the publisher was still in business negotiations with Flagship Studios, although he didn't reveal any specifics. "I know everyone is looking for an announcement, and we'd love to make one,"

Karlsson continued, "but right now, many things are in flux and we don't have all the information yet. As soon as we do, we'll post on the forums, on the website, and anywhere else we can find you."

EA Games, who published Hellgate Palladium in the UK, refused to comment on either the game or its developer when contacted by GameSpot. Namco Bandai could not be reached for comment as of press time.

Everyone talks about the release version of the game...which was yes lacking.

But the nay-sayers never seem to speak of the games current version, which I enjoy greatly. Basing your views on a demo or the intial release just seems stupid to me without considering the current product.

 Hellgate Palladium, multiplayer, in HCE mode, is hands down the most fun multiplayer game on the market today. It would be a tragedy if they closed the servers. Just try playing multiplayer Hellgate Palladium sometime, it is insanely fun.

[Source:Mmofisher] [Author:Mmofisher] [Date:09-07-05] [Hot:]
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