HanbitSoft has secured worldwide publishing rights for Hellgate from Namco Bandai, and they're "thrilled" to be bringing it to "eager gamers".
"We would like to thank Namco Bandai Games America for allowing us to acquire the Hellgate publishing rights and are thrilled to have eager gamers worldwide return and enjoy the franchise," said HanbitSoft's CEO Kee-Young Kim, reports .
Hellgate: Resurrection is the new name and it's been in the pipeline for a year and a half with T3 Entertainment, getting new features and a free-to-play model. It'll release in China, Taiwan and South East Asia first before hitting North America, Europe and Japan.
"Hellgate: Resurrection is heading towards success in Korea such that we decided to push ahead with launching the game overseas next year. We will do our best to get the game to the fans as soon as possible," added boss Kim.
"We are pleased to participate in the revitalisation of Hellgate through this agreement and are deeply gratified to allow Hanbitsoft to take the lead on this franchise and bring this game to the people who seek it," said Namco Bandai America's Zack Karlsson.
Hellgate was all about the poor world succumbing to a massive demon invasion, and leaving the UK capital looking a little less cheerful, though arguably just as dirty and crime riddled as before. Were you a fan of slaying nasties RPG-style in Hellgate?
HanbitSoft get Hellgate's publishing rights, to return to US and EU
18 January 2010 | By Simon Priest