Latest News - September 11th
-If you pre-order HG:L you will also be able to upgrade your account to a "Founder Account" which is a Lifetime Subscription for $149.99. You have to Pre-Order, and it's only offered until November 30th, 2007!
-If you go to http://www.hellgatelondon.com/beta/ you can see that if you Pre-Order HG:L you will be able to join into the Beta at a (as of today) undisclosed date. Also shows the three different Dye Kits you can get from the 3 possible vendors.
-European Subscription Pricing Announced! (€ 9.99 / £6.99 per month) Official Link
-You can now input your e-mail, and then sell your soul to Satan, for a chance to get randomly chosen into the Alpha/Beta here
-New info on the Korean Beta + lots of new hot screens here at PlayHGL
-New Coop Trailer
showing a Guardian and a Marksman. Really smooth and just plain awesome. Shows loot!
-New info on the Collector's Edition down in the CE Section...
-Release dates announced! October 31st, 2007 for North America, and November 2nd, 2007 for Europe! No Asian release date announced so far. [/size]
-New Gamespy Hands-On
of the Co-op aspect of HG:L. Really interesting, 3 guys play together as a Marksman, Guardian and a Summoner.
info on Marksman and Engineer skills and it includes lots
-Brand spankin' new trailer for Hellgate: London
. You will NOT be disappointed. YouTube Link.
-Yes, that's right, it's summer-time and the smell of newly sent Alpha emails is slowly trickling in. F5 buttons are crying out in pain. Life is good.
If you want to be a part of the testing process sign up at www.hellgatelondon.com
to recieve their newsletter and to have a chance at testing HG:L in later stages. Right now they are going in alphabetical order of email. Please Digg
-New E3 cam videos of game play about 90 seconds long. Shows Guardian and Summoner classes and some character voice. In regular
takes place in 2038
, 18 years after the start of a war: London
has been invaded by demons
. These particular hellions are a tireless lot, and have been looking for a way into our universe for a long time. Up until recently, humans have had many champions looking to hold back the flood. Various real-world events are referenced in the background of the Hellgate story as averted crossover attempts. The Crusades
were actually undertaken to fight back the minions of Hell, as was the charring of London in the great fire to wipe out the Plague. According to the story line, the famous Knights Templar
were the keepers of knowledge on how to battle these demonic forces. Unfortunately, these heroes underwent a charring of their own at the hands of a jealous King Phillip IV
, who hated the power they held in the world at large. While the Knights Templar survived as an organization, their numbers were severely diminished and were forced to remain in hiding to stay alive.
As time passed and technology progressed, the old ways began to fade from memory and the secrets of the arcane were lost. When the demons attacked again, they found their enemies unprepared. Ordinary weapons were no use against the demons, who could shrug off an RPG round. The Templars offered their special services to the military, but the leaders balked, refusing to believe in the new truths. Hell quickly took the victory in the battle for Earth. The Burn
, a decades-long process of "hellforming" or turning our world into theirs, has begun.
However all is not lost, as various groups have been preparing for just such an eventuality. Freemasons
built the London Underground
to be demon resistant, and as such the stations now act as bases, "safe zones" for would-be defenders. These defenders are armed with a fusion of modern weaponry and arcane magic such as flamethrowers that throw Greek fire
. In the game, you play one of these defenders." -HellgateDB
Three main Factions are the defenders of London. Cabalists, Templars and Hunters.
-Delvers of arcane knowledge, students of the dark arts, and explorers on the fringes of science, Cabalists use the powers of the demons against them. Cabalists are spell-casters, and more specifically, summoners and controllers of demons and the primal forces of the netherworld. They seek to study and dissect the essence of the demons to achieve the next evolution of mankind.
-These guys are broken up into Summoner and Evoker classes. Summoner are the Necros of HG:L, while the Evokers play like Mages using special weapons.
-These are the followers of the ancient rites and rituals of the Knights Templar whose writings and disciplines foresaw the demonic invasion centuries ago. Since the Dark Ages their order has been prepared for this apocalypse, training in the ways of holy magic and organizing their followers for the eventual war against the forces of Hell.
-This archetype is broken down into the Guardian and Blademaster classes. The Guardians wield Massive shields and use auras ala a Paladin, and the Blademaster dual-wields to deliver swift and painful death upon Hells' demons.
-Black Ops. Wetworks. The Agency. Every government has its darker side. No matter the name, the world powers have always maintained highly-trained individuals who are most comfortable clinging to the shadows and dealing with threats in their own extremely deadly ways. Trained with technology that is far superior to what the common man could even dream of, these Hunters commonly went after the most dangerous prey of all -- each other. That is... until the Demons came.
-The archetype of the Hunter is obscure, cloaked in mystery and subterfuge. In one way he is the Assassin, the Ninja, the Knife in the Dark. In other ways, he is the Ronin, a highly-trained warrior with no master. In yet more, he is the Destroyer, a force of blazing gunfire and deadly accuracy that lays waste to any that stand in his way. In all ways, The Hunter will not be staid.
-The Hunter Faction breaks down into the Marksman and Engineer
classes. The Marksmen wields Heavy Weapons and grenades relying on his abilities with the gun to kill anything that moves. The Engineer on the other hand relies on his weaponry, his drone (like a Hunter pet created from spare weaponry) and his drones.
The World of London
"The game world of Hellgate: London
is a massive set of perilous environments, featuring safe zones
(disused Underground stations) connected by numerous demon-infested dungeons and city streets. The journey between zones will be randomly generated, as in Diablo II
, but unlike Diablo II
the levels will be fully 3D. Randomly generating convincing 3D levels is technically fairly difficult; it was attempted in Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix
to mixed critical response. For this reason, Hellgate: London uses its own proprietary graphics engine
, an upgraded version of the Mythos engine. Included in this randomization is randomly generated enemies, as well as weaponry used by the enemies.
The game will feature London areas and buildings of interest, and indeed St Paul's Cathedral
was featured in an early concept art drawing, hinting further at this. Another building that has been brought up in an interview is Big Ben
. However, the developers are still keeping these details, and which role such buildings may play in the game, mostly to themselves and thus a surprise for the gamers.
The game has been revealed to consist of five acts to unify the areas a player travels through on a greater scale. This act system is also used in other games of the action-RPG genre, not to mention the five acts of Diablo II
. These acts actually will be transparent and the user will have a very difficult time realizing they just moved to a new act.
The safe zones scattered across the world will act like safe havens to purchase and upgrade items at NPC
merchants, interact with other people in the game world, and gather and complete quests. The safe zones are the only parts of the world that are not instanced." -HellgateDB
The game plays like Diablo 2 in 3D set in the future. Basically. Theres a slot inventory system where you place your armor, weapons, and mods. Mods are little addons that you place on your weapons which can add special effects or give boosts to damage, ect. But they also appear ingame on your weapon. Neat. Best way to get an idea of how it plays is to watch one of the many gameplay vids, especially the newer ones.
Hellgate: London IRC
The PA HGL/Mythos Teamspeak Server
Mythos/HGL Channel Pass: wang
Hellgate: London Novels
There will also be a trilogy ofnovels based on Hellgate: London
written by Mel Odom. The first novel, called Exodus
was released in June 2007. The second novel, called Goetia
is scheduled for release in February of 2008.
I'm not going to really comment on this section because there is no solid info about this AT ALL.
A free Diablo clone made by Flagship to test the Hellgate engine that is currently in beta. A fun little game that could.
-Special Packaging and Art Design
-Hellgate: London Game 2 DVDs
-Bonus Disc containing: “Making of Hellgate: London” & Official Game Soundtrack
-Hellgate: London Map Poster
-106 page Dark Horse Graphic Novel
-Unique in-game pet – Mantawraith (Picture below of a possible look of the pet)
So that's pretty much it, might update the OP if I have forgotten anything, but for now just keep refreshing those mailboxes in hopes of a beta invite. More news as it flows in.
Please don't talk about subscription plans because 1) Nothing is set in stone right now 2) because no one cares 3) it always makes shitty discussions. Thank you