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Hellgate Hubbub Follow-ups

Shacknews has a follow-up from EA on their story from last night (story) about subscription fees for Hellgate: London, Flagship Studios' upcoming action/RPG. Word from EA is that no final decision has been made yet about charging for Hellgate multiplayer, while Shack defiantly maintains they have reported Bill Roper's words accurately (they promise a full interview soon). The Hellgate Guru Forums has a Q&A with Flagship Studios community manager Ivan Sulic that seems to indicate the issue that this touches on is how they will be able to fund the creation of additional content after the game's release:

Ivan
Yeah, we haven't made a final decision. Seriously, the directors debate about this quite a bit. Basically, we want to do ongoing content. We don't want it to be like Diablo where we had a patch and an expansion and that's that. We really want to do ongoing content. So the directors have to just figure out how the hell we're going to pay for that. Could be anything. Really.

Scaper-X
Are continuing expansion packs still on the table in lieu of monthly fees?

Ivan
Could be the bonus dvd does it or subscription or real money transactions or auctions or micro purchases or lots of smaller expansions. Could seriously be anything. Which is why they still debate some. So... Until the reach a decision, whatever that is, and then print it across the web in a release, it's all going to be speculation and misunderstandings and odd quotes

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14. Re: Death before Dishonor Jan 10, 2007, 19:31 FourPak
 
the issue that this touches on is how they will be able to fund the creation of additional content after the game's release:
yeah, how in the world do you expect EA Execs to afford a new corporate jet every year, or pay berthing fees for their private yachts, or buy a new Rolls Royce Phantom convertible every year if they don't charge these fees!

These guys are practically PAUPERS!

I mean CMON!, that new Ferrari they bought for junior last xmas is over a year old now!

 
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