The painful and short history of Hellgate: London is about to come to an apparent end. The game's official site has the news that Hellgate: London is going to shut down at the beginning of next year. The latest owners of the franchise, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. have announced that February 2009 you will see the closure of all of the game's servers. Until that point, the service will continue to be free of charge.
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
Hellgate: London has once been the most anticipated tip in most gemelist of MMO game sites. When launched, the game had received tons of pre-release hype thanks in part to the founders of Flagship's previous work at Blizzard on the first two Diablo games. However, Hellgate London suffered from massive bugs and issues indicating a rushed product. Sales plummeted as a result and in July Flagship Studios shut down operations. Now, would you wanna play this game anymore if it all gets wiped in 90 days?
Read the official news here