Hellgate: London revival project opens its alpha to everyone

    
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Still finding yourself pining away for Hellgate: London on occasion — or perhaps you missed out on it the first time around? This 10-year-old multiplayer ARPG is making an unofficial return thanks to a fan project dedicated to its revival in the west.

Essentially an emulator for the long-dead (yet often resurrected) game, London 2038 seeks to restore the Hellgate multiplayer experience for both old and new generations of players. The title has been progressing through alpha patches this fall, with the test open to everyone who has a copy of the original game.

“All of the 2038 team missed the amazing, ahead-of-its time ARPG Hellgate: London and wanted to bring it back to the passionate, dedicated, and friendly community the game has fostered after all these years,” the project leaders wrote. Check out some of the boss battles from the alpha after the break and then head back to read our weird and somewhat sad history of this game.

Source: London 2038. Thanks William!
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BarGamer

I was one of those unfortunates who got the Collector’s Edition with Lifetime Sub. Does anyone know if the revival folks are gonna honor that?

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Jeff

This game taught me a lesson that no matter how much a company deceives it’s customers the developers can simply pull up stakes and get hired by other companies.

Nothing is a career killer in gaming

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megus

For those who might have an interest in the game: The updates to the game are substantial and includes new content. As a fan of the game I am very happy :)

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James Crow

got two box copy,comics and the books.
already finished all the content so im not going back.

i would like to get something like Destiny in Devilish settings.

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Bruno Brito

Schlag, do your thing.

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Stropp

Thought I had this at the bottom of a desk drawer. Just had a look but couldn’t find it. I might have to do some digging.

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Nic

OMG I have toss the CD away ages ago and now I want to play this

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Tizmah

I wish City of Heroes was risen from the dead this many times. At least I’d get to play it again :(

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NeoWolf

Hellgate is such a good setting but the game doesn’t keep failing for no reason. This is nothing new and will undoubtedly go the same way as all the previous attempts to revive it. What it needs is a studio to make the game a full blown proper MMO. Now that would make me happy :)

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JJ Jensen

You’re pretty misinformed. First of all, it was only brought back once after the 2008 shut down, and that revival lasted for almost 5 years.

Second of all, this is a fan private server with no costs, no EA, and no pressure. They have done a great job and there are tons of new people going to their Discord every day. To say it will “undoubtedly go the same way as all previous attempts” is lazy, asinine, and sadly typical of armchair experts on game website comments sections :)

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NeoWolf

LOL wow smarmy much.. It was released as a game (for which I bought a lifetime..) and it died, it has been revived once since then.,,that makes TWO, and now it is being done again, that makes THREE. Keeping up? or is the math difficult for you? lol
Also there is a HUGE difference buttercup between lasted and prospered, the revival was largely dead for a long time and saw almost nothing in the way of updates for an even longer time. It was also graphically very out of date as was the gameplay and the new revival doesn’t look much better.

And no there are not TONS of new people going to the new revivals discord every day, im on it. So don’t make sh** up, you just look silly.

As I said this awesome setting deserves better, it deserves a triple A treatment and not as some half arsed FPS diablo’esque style shooter but as a proper MMO.

So if you want a rinse and repeat version, knock yourself out..but others BESIDES you like this game too and want a little bit more than ANOTHEr doomed to fail rince and repeat revival.

I do however love being lectured to by an uninformed muppet who cannot even count to three ;)

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JJ Jensen

You said “previous attempts to revive it” so maybe you mistyped and meant “previous attempt to revive it” since by your math there has only been one attempt previous to this one. It’s ok, we all get things wrong sometimes so I forgive you.

If you want to draw some semantic line in the sand between lasted and prospered that’s ok, but that’s not what you said in your OP. I mentioned it to clarify for readers of your comment that it wasn’t anything like Hellgate popped up and crashed and burned over and over.

As far as new people showing up to the Discord… I’ve been there since the beginning and they went from 5 people online to about 550 online pretty consistently, from about 100 total members to 2500 last I checked, had hundreds of people sign up in the last few days for open alpha, new people asking questions all the time, if you want I can ask an admin to tell me how many people are coming per day…. So I’m sorry you made yourself look silly, next time bring some facts :(

Also a little bit of a history lesson, let me know if you have any questions… Hellgate: Global was the crappy Korean-ified version with extremely down-tuned graphics (for lower end PCs/internet cafes), pay-to-win, poor support, completely inactive development staff, and grindy mechanics added (to make people buy stuff in the store). The graphics, gameplay, support, mechanics, etc were totally different from what London 2038 has now. Global was seen as a betrayal of the game by most fans, but many still played because it still offered something unique that draws people to Hellgate. London 2038 is completely based on the original Hellgate: London which is the game that true fans loved and missed, it was basically incomplete at the time it was published (rushed out by EA) but still managed to grow a rabid following (hence why people still care about this project). To equate the failure of the original game or the 5 year run of the definitely not good Global to somehow mean the game in any form is destined to fail is, again, intellectually lazy.

If you could present me with exactly why it is doomed to fail I would be very interested to hear, since you seem so certain.

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NeoWolf

Pitiful attempt to play with semantics when you knew FULL well what I meant, but hey carry on your just making yourself look an even bigger fool ;) Also have to love how you claim facts when you appear to be lacking in any, but please..continue, you amuse me greatly :)

SAME game, different publishers, SAME game.. hows your history keeping up? lol Hence REVIVAL (need me to explain the word? I could even use pop ups if it helps?). Not re-built from the ground up, new engine, different mechanics.. SAME assets, same engine, same game. This latest version is the only one that has differed and that is in VERY minimal ways it looks exactly like the last two..hence why I say its doomed to fail and go the same way. You may not like it..I could care less, your opinion is yours and mine is mine. You want more of the same.. knock yourself out but like I side, I and others want more, want better..want this awesome I.P treated probably rather than via some lame ARPG.

It will fail for the same reason as the last two (which makes three seeing as your still struggling with the ability to count to three), same game, nothing new, wasn’t enough last time to keep it afloat, won’t be this time. the ONLY thing this game has going for it is its awesome I.P everything else has been bland and non captivating leading to said aforementioned fails.

Those same flaws in the revival version you mention have been the same flaws this game has had throuhgout its resurrections. So why do you think this time it will be different, when it is STILL the same game design, the differences are minimal. Game launch ended in fail, the 5 years run revival.. ended up fail (fail being not successful or popular enough to stay in business hence closure seeing as you seem to be sturggling with the concept or indeed ANY concept other than your own).

You call me intellectually lazy when you have yet to say anything that shows your even capable of ANY intellect or indeed anything other than rabid fanbois love for a game which has failed and died twice and will likely do so for the third time in its next next to nothing new incarnation of the same previosuly failed design, but as I say please..continue with your tirade it makes me chuckle.

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NeoWolf

Just to further illustrate the point visually for you. These are random screengrabs from all three versions. If you are familiar with the gameplay and footage of the first two) and have watched the footage show of the latest revival attempt are you REALLY going to tell me they have reinvented the wheel this time round and it is not just going to be a rinse and repeat of the two that went before? As all evidence would seem to say otherwise.

Slightly (very) different graphics and UI’s but they all have the same game, the same class, the same playstyle. Nothing new. No change, means no reason it would do differently.

Same game = same reasons to fail, not rocket science.

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John Lolwig

Just one question, since you’re equating the 3 “versions” of the game. Why do you (seemingly) believe that restoring MP functionality is where the project ends? Because that’s not the project’s only goal, by any means. There are quite a few creative goals as well, fortunately backed by the ability to realise them.

I’m not suggesting that the project will revamp the game into the “full blown proper MMO” that would please you and many others. I’m only suggesting that a group of experienced players, that’s unencumbered by the financial struggles that Flagship has had and the revenue-generating agenda of t3, may very well make the proper creative calls to elevate the game into what it could have been if Flagship hadn’t gone under prematurely.

It’s unquestionable that the game does have its innate flaws, which contributed to its previous downfalls. However, Flagship also fell victim to financial mismanagement and publisher pressure (among other factors), and t3 adapted the game to its own, non-western, intended audience, and straight up abandoned it after its first year of release. Neither was purely the case of a bad product alone.
I’d argue that, since none of these do or will apply in this case, there should still be room for optimism :)

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NeoWolf

Firstly, thank you for a civil and well thought out response to my post unlike the individual before, I appreciate it.

I haven’t said anything about restoring MP functionality or that doing such would be where the project ends.

What I DID say however is that re-creating the game as it has been twice before is almost certainly doomed to fail again, for the same reason the last two did. And that I personally would prefer this awesome I.P had the triple A treatment and got turned into a full blown MMo instead of a half baked ARPG fps diabloesque game, which clearly does not keep it alive.
Again.. MY preference. I don’t want the game to fail, I love the setting, but the game as it was died, and died for reasons, the revival made the same game..it died for the same reasons and now this unofficial revival for a third time as cool as it is..is ONLY doing the same again, making the same game.. so in all likelihood it will fail again for the same reasons. This isn’t grasping its just a logical progression based on what has gone before.

If this revival totters along and keeps its head above water, great..but it is unlikely. Especially without the financial backing and support and skills needed to give the game what it needs to as you say “elevate the game into what it could have been”, which most of us would be happy about on some level. And especially when all we have seen so far is just more of the same, not elevating anything. (again not poking at it, simply pointing out where it is atm).

The developers and marketers of the previous versions undoubtedly played a part in its failures but it would be remiss to assume the games design did not ALSO playa significant part in those failures.

My preference for it to be given the triple A and made into something worthy of its I.P is not a lack of optimism indeed it is the opposite it is me dearly wanting the games great setting to be given the time in the sun and treatment it dearly deserves in order to see it propser and endure.
And I’m afraid I simply do not see how a third revival of more of the same is going end any differently than it did the two times that “version” of the game was around before (much to JJ whathisfaces much confused notion to the contrary).

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John Lolwig

I do understand your scepticism; it’s true that the IP could have run a better course.
My objection only lies in the fact that the official versions actually had such factors as revenue in place, whereas this unofficial project does not. The project does not intend to generate profit off of the game, or compete with current games to such ends. It’s entirely comprised of volunteers who wish to restore MP functionality to the original game (which was the premise I assumed you had in mind) and eventually improve and expand it.

That’s where my optimism stems from; the 2038 team has no market rules to abide by and no deadlines to meet. It’s players wishing to continuously polish (what they believe to be) a gem of a game in their free time, for other players to freely enjoy.
Granted, it will likely not match the efficiency of a studio of the size and caliber of Flagship, but personally I prefer this direction to the VR shooter direction that the current IP owners have chosen. It feels more “true” to the source material, if you will.

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Hagrar Leetsauce

Brilliant game! The team of volunteers behind the London 2038 project have done an amazing job resurrecting Hellgate in all it’s original glory. Graphics are no longer downsampled and look better than they ever have and many of the original Hellgate bugs that plagued us are gone! 10 years later and this game still holds up against the rest. Give it a try!