Video Game: Hellgate: London
is a sci-fi/fantasy Action RPG
developed and published by now-defunct
Flagship Studios in 2007. Many members of the development team previously worked on the Diablo
series and went on to form Runic Games, creators of Torchlight
.In the near future, the world falls prey
to The Legions of Hell
. Modern-day weaponry and tactics prove largely useless against the hordes.
Surviving humans flee underground and much of the surface world suffers from "The Burn", a kind of demonic terraformation.
The game focuses on London, England, in the year 2038.
The streets are overrun by demon soldiers, zombies
and mindless hell-beasts.
Survivors dwell in The London Underground
, protected from intrusion by Alchemic wards
built into the stations by The Freemasons.
Most people are just trying to survive in this nightmarish new world, but three large organizations are striving for change and searching for ways to hinder or even push the demons back: The sword-and-light
swinging Knights Templar
(yes, those Knights Templar
), the high-tech Hunters,
and the sorcerous
Player characters belong to one of these three factions, each with distinct weapons and methods for combating demons, but the ultimate goal is the same- drive the demons back through the Hellgate once and for all.
The game received mixed reviews due to a massive amount of bugs and a generally rushed impression, and the online servers closed down in early 2009 after Flagship Studios declared bankruptcy. Hanbitsoft has since obtained the IP and is now working on Hellgate: Tokyo
. In addition, a small modding community is attempting to revive
the original game. Finally, Hanbitsoft's relaunch of the game in Korea was successful enough that they are planning on bringing over Hellgate: Resurrection
to International shores, which will include HG: London and HG: Tokyo. A short beta of the game recently started (and ended), with more details on the official website, at T3Fun.com
The original game has become a Steam Greenlight game
retitled simply Hellgate
There's also a novel trilogy, by Mel Odom. Since there are no known coding errors with paperback novels, it has very few detractors.Welcome to London...
The game provides examples of:
... You're not welcome here.