Statement on Recent News on the Hellgate London: Forums
(thanks Shifter) is
a follow-up from Flagship Studios CVO David Brevik to the negative comments by
programmer Guy Somberg in a blog update (story
I would like to respond to some of the recent coverage that Flagship Studios has
received as a result of the publication of Guy Somberg's blog.
Everyone has good days and bad days. Guy was having a bad day. It was his
friend's last day of internship and he found out another friend was thinking of
leaving. He vented, exaggerated, and posted information that was inaccurate.
We will be the first to admit that Hellgate: London did launch with some
problems. The game would certainly have benefited from a couple more months in
the oven, but as an independent developer we didn't have the ability to delay
our ship date. It can be difficult to stand by and see something that you put
your heart and soul into, week in and week out, get the initial reception
Hellgate got. It can put a strain on any developer and some days it can get to
you. Thankfully, after some very hard work by all the people here, including
Guy, the game is much better now and we believe in the future of Hellgate.
Both our studios are currently fully staffed, with our San Francisco studio
working on ongoing content for Hellgate: London and our Seattle studio working
on our free-to-play MMORPG, Mythos, which should go into open beta within the
next couple months. In total, we have over 100 employees working for both
studios. As is typical in the industry, after a game is released some people
naturally want to work on something else and they leave the company to do so.
But in total we have had less than 10% turn-over and have rehired for all needed
All our Directors and Founders are still working at Flagship, and all of them
are working on Hellgate: London or Mythos. The team size for Hellgate is as big
now as when we shipped. We are putting all of our efforts into these projects
and I think it will show in the upcoming Hellgate Abyss Chronicles.
Sincerely, David Brevik CVO Flagship Studios