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Korea ♥'s Hellgate: London

IncGamers has a press release from Flagship Studios declaring that "Hellgate is the Most Successful Online Korean Launch in 3 Years." This seems to refer to beta testing, rather than sales, as they go on to call this: "the most successful online video game launch in Korea of the past three years with over 1 million accounts registered within the first two weeks of its open beta test." Flagship feels this comes from their listening to player feedback, and has them looking forward to "expanding the Hellgate universe." Here's that bit:

“To become the most successful launch in Korea for over three years is an incredible achievement,” said Bill Roper, CEO of Flagship Studios. “This milestone wouldn’t have been possible for us to achieve without the incredible support of our publishing partner, Hanbitsoft, and our dedicated community in Korea. We look forward to expanding the Hellgate universe and building upon this success in the future.”

“Flagship Studios are well aware of how the Asian market operates very differently to the Western territories” said Alex Kim, CEO of HanbitSoft, “By listening to players’ feedback and through constant updates to the game, Hellgate: London will continue to be an incredible success throughout Asia.”

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23. The Boredoms Apr 11, 2008, 20:00 space captain
 
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Go forth, and kill!
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22. Re: Tom Waits Apr 11, 2008, 19:36 Kxmode
 
I got the style but not the grace
I got the clothes but not the face
I got the bread but not the butter
I got the winda but not the shutter
But I'm big in Japan I'm big in Japan But heh I'm big in Japan
I got the house but not the deed
I got the horn but not the reed
I got the cards but not the luck
I got the wheel but not the truck
But heh I'm big in Japan I'm big in Japan I'm big in Japan
I got the moon I got the cheese I got the whole damn nation
On its knees I got the rooster I got the crow
I got the ebb I got the flow
I got the powder but not the gun
I got the dog but not the bun
I got the clouds but not the sky
I got the stripes but not the tie
But heh I'm big in Japan I'm big in Japan I'm big in Japan
Heh ho they love the way I do it
Heh ho there's really nothing to it
I got the moon I got the cheese
I got the whole damn nation on their knees
I got the rooster I got the crow
I got the ebb I got the flow
I got the sizzle but not the steak
I got the boat but not the lake
I got the sheets but not the bed
I got the jam but not the bread
But heh I'm big in Japan I'm big in Japan I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan, I'm big in Japan

Like I said: total grind fest

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21. No subject Apr 11, 2008, 19:10 Tanto Edge
 
Holy shit!
Not exactly the whole truth by a long shot! The game enjoyed a worldwide success much as it did in my living room.
Downloaded it, played it, deleted it.

I liked customizing guns and with it's primitive gameplay, it sort of felt like playing System Shock 2...
True it lacked the hacking... and the stealthing... and the wicked music... and the incredible storyline, woven throughout, and the scenery was kinda different, ok, a lot different, and the title was Hellgate, but essentially, it felt like System Shock 2.

 
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20. Tom Waits Apr 11, 2008, 19:05 Fausticle
 
I got the style but not the grace
I got the clothes but not the face
I got the bread but not the butter
I got the winda but not the shutter
But I'm big in Japan I'm big in Japan But heh I'm big in Japan
I got the house but not the deed
I got the horn but not the reed
I got the cards but not the luck
I got the wheel but not the truck
But heh I'm big in Japan I'm big in Japan I'm big in Japan
I got the moon I got the cheese I got the whole damn nation
On its knees I got the rooster I got the crow
I got the ebb I got the flow
I got the powder but not the gun
I got the dog but not the bun
I got the clouds but not the sky
I got the stripes but not the tie
But heh I'm big in Japan I'm big in Japan I'm big in Japan
Heh ho they love the way I do it
Heh ho there's really nothing to it
I got the moon I got the cheese
I got the whole damn nation on their knees
I got the rooster I got the crow
I got the ebb I got the flow
I got the sizzle but not the steak
I got the boat but not the lake
I got the sheets but not the bed
I got the jam but not the bread
But heh I'm big in Japan I'm big in Japan I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan, I'm big in Japan

 
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19. No subject Apr 11, 2008, 17:08 Bone43
 


Just wish this game would hurry up and die already.

 
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18. Re: No subject Apr 11, 2008, 16:41 Cutter
 
Touting success in Korea is not something to brag about. Fagship should just pull up stakes and move to Korea. No one hear wants them around.


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17. Re: No subject Apr 11, 2008, 15:01 Stanly Manly
 
Seems like Flagship is taking marketing lessons from Turbine.

 
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16. No subject Apr 11, 2008, 14:14 loomy
 
the american release of hellgate was an alpha for the korean beta

 
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15. Re: No subject Apr 11, 2008, 13:32 Overon
 
I am going to sound like a overgeneralizing idiot, but it seems like koreans love every piece of shit mmo that gets released.

 
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14. Re: No subject Apr 11, 2008, 13:02 Lactose The Intolerant
 
Christ this is the market for horrendous shitty grindfest games and they can't succeed there? lol

 
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13. meh Apr 11, 2008, 13:01 Kxmode
 
Koreans also love to grind. I don't know if that means anything.

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12. flagshipped.com Apr 11, 2008, 12:56 Tumbler
 
flagshipped.com

LOL, that is fucking awesome. The title graphic alone is worth the trip.

You Got flagshipped! LOL. Even tossed in an EPIC FAILURE!

I think I'm saving that and adding to my rolling screensaver pictures.

Feel sorry for FSS to be honest at this point...But that is probably becuase I haven't played the game.

 
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11. Re: No subject Apr 11, 2008, 11:50 MMORPGHoD
 
Hmmmm, someone is not telling the whole truth:
http://www.flagshipped.com/2008/03/25/hellgate-in-korea-failure-in-the-form-of-a-chart


Yup. And that trend line is not lookin too good...

http://gamechart.co.kr/hompy/m.php?mode=report&pid=962


 
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10. No subject Apr 11, 2008, 11:39 basis
 
as opposed to the SouthEast Asian launch of HGL?

http://www.1up.com/do/feature?cId=3166996
http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=183206

and to think a certain govt poured in taxpayers cash by the millions to support this crud.

 
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9. Re: No subject Apr 11, 2008, 11:10 Kajetan
 
Hmmmm, someone is not telling the whole truth:
http://www.flagshipped.com/2008/03/25/hellgate-in-korea-failure-in-the-form-of-a-chart

 
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8. Re: No subject Apr 11, 2008, 10:56 Nick W
 
Bah. Might have been some useful text to quote in the bluenews posting. I guess I should have read the article

 
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7. Re: No subject Apr 11, 2008, 10:55 Undocumented Alien
 
I'm pretty sure you have to actually sell copies and be out of beta to have a "successful launch".

Yeah, I agree, I think Flagship is just doing ANYTHING they can for some sort of positive PR. A

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6. Re: No subject Apr 11, 2008, 10:54 Bhruic
 
True. And it has, and it is.

Hellgate: London was released commercially on February 22nd, and achieved record sales in its first week of presales.

 
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5. No subject Apr 11, 2008, 10:42 Nick W
 
I'm pretty sure you have to actually sell copies and be out of beta to have a "successful launch".

 
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4. Re: No subject Apr 11, 2008, 10:42 Undocumented Alien
 
flagshipped.com

 
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