Written by Sulfuric
Minor edits (for readability and accuracy) by Scaper-X
FAQs: frequently asked questions about Hellgate:London.
1.1.0 What is Hellgate: London?Edit
Hellgate: London is an Action/RPG being made by Flagship Studios. It features both third- and first-person playing perspectives and a blend of arcane and futuristic styles. Further detail will follow in the rest of my FAQ. It will also feature both single player and multiplayer modes.
1.2.0 Who is Flagship Studios?Edit
Flagship Studios is a company founded in October 2003 by former executives of Blizzard Entertainment and Blizzard North. Such names as Bill Roper (Producer and Voice Actor in many Blizzard/Blizzard North titles), Max and Erich Schaefer (Lead Designers of Diablo and Diablo 2), David Brevik (Lead Design, Diablo and Diablo 2) among others brought this company into being.
1.3.0 When will this game be released?Edit
The current official release date for hellgate london in the US is October 31st.
1.4.0 Where will this game be released?Edit
Worldwide. Flagship Studios will be working closely with its publishers to release the game worldwide, simultaneously.
1.5.0 What systems will this game be released for?Edit
Short answer: For PC. Long answer: For PC and perhaps possibly maychance nothing confirmed for consoles in the distant future.
2.1.1 How will dungeons be handled?Edit
Dungeons in Hellgate: London are instanced. Beyond that, they are randomized anew each time the player enters them. (However, a player can go to town after generating an instance without the instance being rerolled.) Each non-town level is randomly generated, from monsters to treasures to the different pathways to get to the end of the instance.
2.1.2 How will towns be handled?Edit
Towns or “stations” will be littered throughout London. Some stations can hold hundreds of players at a time. Smaller stations can only hold about 30-40. After that limit, a new town will be created on top of the other, and new players trying to enter the town will be forced into the less full one. When that town is filled, a third will be generated and so on and so forth.
2.1.3 Won’t that split up parties?Edit
No. The splitting system is designed with parties in mind so that parties will always be kept together when they go to the same town. (Note: The answers to 2.1.2 and 2.1.3 are based on dated information that may or may not be accurate anymore.)
2.1.4 Are there any persistent areas (areas that don’t change)?Edit
We do not currently know of any, other than towns.
2.1.5 Can I use melee attacks in first person?Edit
"First person view is only available while using ranged weaponry. The game defaults to third person when a melee weapon is equipped." Scaper-X
2.1.6 What is the aiming system like in first person?Edit
"Hunters feature a targeting reticle in first person view while the other two factions do not." -Scaper-X
2.2.1 What is the story of Hellgate: London?Edit
London, 2038. According to legend, when the ravens depart the Tower of London, it will crumble to rubble and disaster will befall England. As man became more dependent on science, believing only in what he could define or create, ancient knowledge and rituals were lost to the antiquity of time. Prophecies that had stood as warning for untold generations were seen as archaic folly or ignorant superstition; so when the harbingers of evil began to manifest, few saw and fewer believed. When the demons finally came, there was little that stood in their way. Emerging from the swirling chaotic Hellgate, they overwhelmed humanity’s defenses quickly and systematically. Even the nuclear and biological weaponry employed by a few desperate nations did little more than slow the apocalypse. The nature of the demons’ attack presented little in the way of strategic military targets to the generals of mankind’s armies. With no obvious headquarters to bombard, visible supply lines to cut, or known leaders to assassinate, the usual tactics of war were useless. Only those that still practiced the holy, ancient, and arcane rights could stand against the dark invaders, using weapons and spells forged in the traditions of their forefathers. Their successes were scattered, and the leaders of the great military forces could neither understand nor accept their strange ways. This mystical resistance drew the immediate attention of the immensely powerful creatures, seemingly immune to the weapons of mankind. Soon, those that had preserved the knowledge of how to combat the demons shifted their focus from driving them back into the twisting nether to saving as many of their fellow humans as they could. They retreated to the relative sanctuary of the London Underground, a haven whose construction they had orchestrated decades before.
Now, the once great city lies in ruins. A massive, sinister gash in the fabric of our reality swirls and churns, dominating the horizon as it blends into a permanently darkened sky. The Invasion, the unspeakable cataclysm that befell London, eventually engulfed humanity. The powerful nations of man were eradicated, and the decades-long process called The Burn – the transformation of our world into theirs – had begun.
But mankind is a race of survivors. Men and women hide in the shadows of their former dominance, struggling to survive, yearning to strike back at their conquerors. These survivors banded together, and they are learning.
Learning how to travel undetected. Learning how to forge weapons capable of piercing unfathomable defenses. Learning how to harness the forgotten and arcane powers of magic. Learning how to kill demons and close the Hellgate…
2.2.2 Will real London sites be featured in Hellgate: London? If so, which?Edit
Yes. Some of the main areas include Covent Garden Market, Bloomsbury, the British Museum, the Tubes (Covent Garden Service Line, Northern Line, Leicester Square Line), the Sewers, and Covent Garden Station.
2.2.3 Will Hellgate: London be divided into acts?Edit
The last we heard, yes. However, the acts will be somewhat invisible to the end-user, meaning there will be no conscious act changing, just a boss at the end of the act. Please note that this information is quite old and may not be accurate.
2.2.4 Do we ever get to go to hell?Edit
There are hellrift portals in instances. When entering a hellrift, a breath meter appears. The breath meter serves as a sort of timer, though it is unknown whether the breath meter reaching zero means death, or the beginning of a steady loss of health. There are also breathing apparatuses for these extra instances. (Note: These may not actually be breath-related. The term was used for comparison and may not be the actual term used in-game.)
2.3.1 What type of playable characters will be in Hellgate: London?Edit
Right now, playable characters are divided up into three factions, with two classes each. These will be explained later in the FAQ. Each faction has its own section.
2.3.2 What are factions?Edit
Think of factions as the “races” of Hellgate: London. Sure, everyone is human, but in Hellgate: London, there are three different divisions of humans able to fight. Each faction is divided into classes.
2.3.3 So, then, what are classes?Edit
Classes are just that, the standard RPG classes. Each faction currently has two classes, and will only have two at release. Classes are decided at the same time as determining faction. Character skills and stats will reflect the class chosen.
Because of the current wording of responses to “will each faction only have two classes,” it is believed that a third class for each faction will be released as part of the “ongoing content”. Note that this is an unconfirmed rumor, but still possible.
UPDATED: 6/21/07 Fixing some outdated info here: Additional classes for each faction will be available as part of the ongoing content.
2.3.4 What stats will be featured on characters?Edit
According to the latest screenshots from GDC ’07, Accuracy, Concentration, Stamina, and Willpower are the base attributes. Other stats include damage, health, power, speed, critical hit chance and critical hit bonus, faction standings, shields (not the item), armor, and defenses (think resists from Diablo 2).
There are also individually listed stats for health regeneration rate, power regeneration rate, and shield regeneration rate.
2.3.5 So wait, what are the non-item shields then?Edit
Shields are extra barriers that take damage before your health does. They slowly regenerate over time, so long as you have them. If you need a way to picture them, think either the Protoss units from StarCraft or the Energy Shield from Halo 2.
Shields are based on one’s equipped items. Chest and back items can add more durability to one’s shields or raise the regeneration rate.
2.3.6 What is the level cap going to be?Edit
UPDATED 06/21/07: 50.
2.3.7 Is there a priest class or faction? What about a support-style class?Edit
No. Flagship Studios has expressed its intention to make all factions and classes offense-oriented. There are no buffslaves or healbot players in Hellgate: London. There will be supplementary healing abilities, such as perhaps a healing aura for one of the Templar classes, and maybe a medic drone for one of the Hunter classes, however, it will be unlikely that a player can build his or her character for the sole purpose of healing.
2.3.8 How many characters will there be per account?Edit
3 for Non-Subscribing Multiplayer Characters. 24 for Subscribers.
No news of Single Player, which is most likely “as many as your computer can store”
2.3.9 What kind of physical features are customizable on new characters?Edit
"There are six variables you can tweak when creating your character: face, hair style, skin color, hair color, height, and girth. There were about six options for the face and hair style (a guesstimate) and ten options for the colors (also a guesstimate). These numbers will probably change come beta.
The character creation screen shows off your character-to-be wearing sample garb they might find in their travels based on their faction." -Scaper-X
2.3.10 What kinds of colors are available for skin color?Edit
"Just preset hues, most of them natural. The stranger ones were the pale snow-like tones, presumably for the cabbies." -Scaper-X
2.3.11 What about facial hair?Edit
Yes, you can get your Chuck Norris on.
2.3.12 Can my character undertake a profession (like blacksmithing)?Edit
According to the last we were told, no. This information may have changed, as it has been several months. Don’t hold your breath, though.
2.4.0 Templar QuestionsEdit
2.4.1 What are Templars?Edit
The Templar faction was the first announced faction in the game. They are the holy warriors. They do not necessarily serve the Christian god as their mythology has been somewhat rewritten by Flagship in order to serve the purpose of the game. The Templars have been awaiting the demon’s invasion for centuries.
2.4.2 What are the Templar classes?Edit
Blademaster: This class is all about dealing as much damage as one can as fast as one can. It is the only class known to be able to dual-wield swords. The Blademaster also gets a nifty skill called Throw Sword Mastery for hitting those pesky out-of-reach demons.
Guardian: This class is the stereotypical tank, built around the use of offhand shields. The Guardian makes for great crowd control, especially since it comes coupled with a handful of AoE skills made to keep the demon mobs on their knees.
2.4.3 Can Templars use guns?Edit
Templars can use pistols, but two-handed guns are off-limits to the Templar. One such pistol is the Grappler, which fires a Palladium tether to pull the enemy up close, only to watch it be chopped in half by the Templar’s sword.
2.5.0 Cabalist QuestionsEdit
2.5.1 What are Cabalists?Edit
The Cabalist faction was the second faction announced. They walk the line between humanity and…uh, demonity? Demonicness? Well, these are the spellcasters of the game. They use the demon’s own power against them, walking the line of corruption.
2.5.2 What are the Cabalist classes?Edit
The Cabalist classes were announced in the May 2007 issue of PC Gamer:
"Evoker: Ranged damage class that carries mystical Focus items (instead of guns) that grant special skill and attack bonuses. If he/she has two Focus devices, an Evoker can double the damage and attack bonuses of his/her skills.
Summoner: Can summon two categories of pet: major and minor. Major pets are tanks, healers, and high damage dealers. Minor pets, such as Elementals, exist for blasting, short-lived tanking, and doing damage over time. Summoners also focus their base Cabalist skills on regenerating health, which they can then feed to their various pets to keep them in the fight."
2.5.3 Can Cabalists use guns?Edit
Cabalists get their own special guns, such as the Electric Eel Gun. One gun mentioned in an official FSS podcast mentioned a gun that shoots africanized killer bees. There’s even a Plague Of Locusts Gun. Expect the creativity of the designers and developers to shine through on Cabalist-only weapons. (Note that the names of these weapons are temporary.)
2.5.4 What are “focus items”?Edit
Focus items are Cabalist weapons. They are made to focus the Cabalist’s arcane powers into an energy they can use.
2.5.5 Can Cabalists use melee weapons?Edit
There are no melee weapons available for the Cabalist faction as far as we know.
2.6.0 Hunter QuestionsEdit
2.6.1 What are Hunters?Edit
The Hunter faction was the final faction announced. These are your bad-ass “speak softly and carry a big fucking gun” kind of guys. Black Ops, Wetworks, the Agency…these guys are the dark side of government, trained with technology way beyond what the common man could dream of. Trained to be almost modern-day ninjas, they don’t trust magic, or the “holy” approach to demons, valuing their own skill over such superstition. (Let’s just hope they don’t like to yell out “BOOM, HEADSHOT!”)
2.6.2 What are the Hunter classes?Edit
The Hunter classes were announced in the May 2007 issue of PC Gamer:
"Marksman: Ranged damage. Focuses on weapons and damage delivery rather than skills and effects. A Marksman changes the type of damage he’s dealing by changing guns, not by changing skills like an Evoker.
Engineer: Gadget guy. Engineers excel at tricking out their high-tech pets, which they can equip with items and control on the battlefield. Can make other devices that follow you around and do small amounts of damage to enemies or buff party members. Unlike the Summoner, who is always summoning different creations, the Engineer gets only one pet out there and then focuses on improving it with skills and equipment."
Information from previous Community Manager Ivan Sulic has confirmed a post-launch class for the Hunter, the Recon class. Details of how this class will play are still sketchy, but it is likely to focus on the Hunter’s stealthier side.
2.6.3 Can Hunters use melee weapons?Edit
As far as we are told the Hunter faction has no melee weapons.
2.7.1 Do we know anything about what skills and how many will be in the game yet?Edit
UPDATED 06/21/07 Each class will have at least 26 skills. Some skills will be shared between classes of the same faction, and all classes will have a basic skillset (Fire Left Weapon, Fire Right Weapon, Fire Both Weapons, and Sprint…you cannot put points in these, but you can bind them to left or right click)
Nothing set in stone yet has been announced about skills. Most recently, conflicting reports have surfaced from GameSpot and IGN about the number of skills, IGN saying 26-27 per class, and GameSpot saying 240 (divided by 6, that would be 40 per class.) A recent image surfacing on hellgate.hanbiton.com suggests 27 per class, which would mean a total of 162 skills at launch.
An image from GDC shows a Holy Wind aura for one of the Templar classes. Also confirmed is the Throw Sword Mastery skill for the Blademaster class.
The May 2007 PCGamer article announced three skills per class along with its announcement of the six classes.
Aura of Defense-for every enemy within the Guardians’ Holy Aura radius (up to five), your armor rating increases by one percent. In short, the greater number of enemies attacking you, the less damage you take.
Shield Turn-This shield bash spins your character around to deliver two blows to all nearby monsters, stunning them and knocking them back. They might block one hit, but two? Not a chance.
Armor Mastery-Decreases armor requirements, so a Guardian can wear armor that would otherwise be out of his league-heavier, cooler, better armor than a Blademaster ever could.
Whirlwind-This turns a player into a Tasmanian devil with swords for arms. You’ll tear through your enemy like a walking meat grinder–just watch out for cross-dressing rabbits. Matched Blade-With this skill, a Blademaster can wield two swords at once, doubling his or her melee damage.
Crosscutter-As long as you’re carrying two swords, wh y not throw one at an enemy? This does a full sword strike’s worth of damage on impact, making it a highly punishing ranged attack.
Swarm-Throws out a swarm of bugs that do toxic damage and cause fear. The toxic swarm is a self-targeting homing projectile that chases baddies pretty much anywhere they go. If successfully poisoned by the attack, monsters cannot heal and will lose health continually.
Arc Legion-Causes forks of electricity to erupt from an Evoker’s Focus device(s) and has a very “Dark Side of the Force” feel to it. When triggered, the Arc Legion shoots 10 arcs of electricity over one or two Focus items. Each individual arc can shock an enemy, interrupting its actions. Focusing all 10 arcs on a single monster results in a greater chance a shock will be effective and also inflicts 10x damage multipliers on that character.
Tempest-Summons a cloud above the player that acts like a stationary turret and zaps monsters within range with bolts of lightning. The tempest cloud will attack more often if you pump skill points into it, but it only works for a limited duration. All electrical-based attacks coming out of the Tempest also carry the chance of shock or interrupt.
Summon Ember-This skill summons a Fire Elemental, a handy ranged-assault pet. The more points a Summoner has invested into this skill, the more Fire Elementals he or she can summon (between five and eight, depending on the final balance, says Flagship).
Enrage-Casting Enrage on an enemy causes your pet to go into a frenzy and attack that enemy with increased speed and damage power for a few seconds. It also enlarges the pet.
Dominate-This skill allows a Summoner to instruct his healer pet to control the will of a lesser demon, with success depending on how powerful the demon is. Zombies, for instance, are much easier to convert than higher-level demons; just look at the decomposing beast, trigger the skill, and your pet will initiate Operation: Zombie Mind-Rape!
Pinpoint-This skill switches players into first person and zooms in through a sniper scope. It greatly reduces a player’s rate of fire, but overcompensates by dramatically increasing damage and range benefits. Players are still capable of looking around quickly when zoomed, and the skill doesn’t unsteady your sight. Pinpoint also groups the shots of weapons that would otherwise spread out into tighter bundles. Thus, it’s good for use not just with a rifle but also with shotgun-style weapons that shoot all over the place like the Char Buster.
Rapid Fire-For a few seconds players become immobile while spraying ammunition with a low accuracy and range but a huge increase in rate of fire. Ideally, you’d want to use this against a large monster that’s in your face (note: your survival not guaranteed) or a pack of weaker monsters that are closing in on you.
Tactical Stance-Increases critical chance and range, but renders you temporarily immobile. May also include some form of hit point regen.
Construct Drone-By default, this mobile pet does enough electrical shock damage to take down weaker enemies, and can sustain a bit of damage itself. The Drone can also heal you and your party members within range. As you level up, so does the Drone. This means it can get armor, hit points, and damage bonuses and exotic damage types.
Drone Attachment/Encasement-This is what makes the Drone so badass; it can wield guns and swords and wear armor. Even if the Drone blows up, players can respawn it with the weapons and items it last had equipped.
Rocket Bots-When the Drone’s firepower just won’t get it done, call in a Rocket Bot. As its name suggests, this bot shoots rockets at enemies. It also comes standard with a fuse that causes the bot to self-destruct after it has expended its ammunition.
2.7.2 How will skills be learned in the game?Edit
Currently it is the same system as Diablo 2, where skill points are gained upon leveling up. These skill points can be distributed mostly as the user pleases.
2.7.3 Will a character be able to learn skills from a different class or faction?Edit
06/21/07 Some skills are shared between classes of the same faction. An example of skills like this are Summon Ember, which is available to both the Evoker and Summoner and Tactical Stance which is available to both the Engineer and Marksman.
2.8.0 Items and EquipmentEdit
2.8.1 What can you tell us about items?Edit
Well, Weapons and Armor will follow a similar style to Diablo II. Randomization, randomization, randomization.
Weapons have things called “mod slots”, built for specific items called “mods”. Think of mod slots and mods like Diablo 2’s sockets. But better. Why better? Because, as far as we currently know, mods can be inserted and taken out as the player pleases.
Expect uniques and possibly even set items, just like in Diablo 2. While they haven’t been outright verified, former Community Manager Ivan Sulic has suggested in some of his previous interviews that yes, uniques and sets will be in the game.
Most of all, expect hundreds upon thousands of possibilities with stats and affixes able to be attached to weapons. With random prefixes, suffixes, and the moddability of weapons, no two snowflakes– er, weapons, may be alike.
2.8.2 Okay, what about armor, though?Edit
Hmm. Not much is known about armor. Judging from the most recent screenshot of the Guardian Templar, there are equipment slots for main hand and offhand (two weapons or weapon/shield), torso (shirt), hands (gloves), shoulders (pauldrons), chest (armor), waist (belt), legs, feet (boots), head (helmet), and eyes (goggles), as well as two other sets of weapon/shield or weapon/weapon slots.
On that topic, there are three equippable sets of hand-held items (guns, swords, and shields). You can toggle through these sets by F1, F2, and F3 (possibly remappable, don’t know yet). It’s like the W button in Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction, but with one more choice. Along with these sets, you can set skills for both the left-click and right-click of the mouse to be set when you press F1, F2, or F3. This could be used to set up a sword/shield that are better against a lightning-based enemy when your standard equipment is based on fire
2.8.3 What is the currency of Hellgate: London?Edit
The currency of Hellgate: London is called Palladium. User-coined nicknames include Pd, Pal, and just simply P.
2.8.4 How will Palladium be used in Hellgate: London?Edit
The full details of this are not fully known, though Palladium will be accepted as legal tender to all vendors. It is likely that the auction house (mentioned in Item Trading) will accept Palladium, though this cannot be said for certain as of yet.
UPDATED 06/21/07 Palladium will also be used for several “machines” around town such as the Augmentrix 3000.
2.8.5 Where (or how) are items found in the game?Edit
From merchants and monsters. Kill monsters for “phat lewt” (a term used by Bill Roper himself). Items may also be traded between players in the multiplayer portion of the game.
2.8.6 How are item drops handled in multiplayer?Edit
Presently, when a group kills a monster, drops are randomly generated for each player (or not generated, if you’re unlucky). What appears on one’s own screen belongs to that player. Items will stick around even for a while after the player has left the instance, according to Scaper-X:
"In the build that I played at Flagship in February, items would remain on the ground in instances you’d already traversed through, even after town visits."
This system avoids arguments over “ZOMG THAT WAS MY DROP” and prevents programs like “Pick-It” from grabbing all the good items before a player can even see the items hit the ground. Presently, this system is NOT based on who killed the monster, the drops are still random, but with a method to its madness.
2.8.7 Will there be potions like in Diablo 2?Edit
Not potions, per sé. There will be healing items. The current item may not be finalized, but the current healing item is an injection of sorts. The life-based healing does not currently work while poisoned, and the player must use an antidote before he or she may inject himself in order to restore his or her health.
2.8.8 What kind of item storage system is planned?Edit
Once again, this is something of which the full details are not fully known. As mentioned in the above crafting question, some items can be broken down into stackable components for easier storage. However, the “stash” system is still something not fully detailed. It is currently known that an account-based stash is being pushed for, however.
UPDATE 06/21/07 All characters have a stash. According to the GFW article that contained information about the subscription, non-subscribers have a stash that holds about 20 items, for each character…and subscribers have a stash that holds about 40 items per character.
2.8.9 How will trading be handled?Edit
The full details are not yet known, however there will be an auction house available in the multiplayer portion of the game
2.8.10 Will there be a crafting system?Edit
Yes! Not much is currently known, however. Former Community Manager Ivan Sulic has revealed that items can be broken down into stackable junk for inventory space.
In an article from MPOGD.com from CES2007, it was revealed that:
"Creation of mods by players will use some form of in-game crafting, but details are not available yet, beyond the fact that when collecting junky loot in game, items can be broken down (salvaged) into useful components."
More details will be able to be found Here when we find them out.
2.8.11 What about armor styles (matching armor)?Edit
Armor in Hellgate: London is made to match, both in color, and in style. Armor is set by default to match the chest armor, however, a player can choose to match his suit to a specific piece of equipment. Unfortunately, there will be no Clown College Templars, as all armor is made to match.
2.8.12 Are there two-handed swords or two-handed melee weapons at all?Edit
Not at the moment. It is possible down the road, but there are none currently in the game.
Shoot, so that's that one spupsoes. Shoot, so that's that one spupsoes.
2.8.14 What will the economy be like in Hellgate: London?Edit
It is too early to tell, as this is something determined more by the players than by the developers.
2.8.15 Are there town portals like in Diablo 2?Edit
Yes. In Hellgate: London there are two methods of going back to town (aside from walking). The first is a Personal Relocation Device, which will allow the player to go back to town, then re-enter the instance where he or she was when he returned to town. The other item’s name is not currently named, but it allows the player to return to town without marking the place he or she was when the trip to town was made.
2.8.16 Are there any class-specific items?Edit
Some of the gear is faction-specific. Shields MAY be class-specific to Guardians (This is unverified, though supported by an image of a shield red’d out to the Blademaster class.)
2.8.17 Is it possible for characters to equip items reserved for other factions?Edit
This is currently unknown.
2.8.18 Are there any melee weapons other than swords?Edit
Not fully known. This is something still under consideration or development. There is a gimmick weapon called the Cricket Bat, however. (Shaun of the Dead fans, unite.)
2.8.19 Are there items only available to subscribers? (ADDED: 05/09/2007)Edit
Yes. However, according to Ivan, Kaiser, and Lee Dotson, these items are not “stronger” than items available to regular players. Their differences are either purely cosmetic, or still fit into the grand scheme of balance. Most are purely cosmetic in their differences, however.
2.9.1 What kinds of monsters are in the game?Edit
A fairly large bestiary can be found at the official site:
2.9.2 What else is known about the demons?Edit
Little. A good collection of data can be found at the following locations:
2.9.3 What kind of AI can be expected in this game?Edit
Expect vastly different AI based on monster type. Early in the game, a player fighting swarms of zombies may not find much intelligence…but, as shown in an excerpt from a recent IGN Article:
"The second new level, called Chocolate Park, is apparently tied to the story a bit more heavily, but offered a different look from what we’ve seen at this point. The entire area is covered in a brown haze. More importantly, there’s a Chocolate Fog rolling around the area that causes damage and disorientation but can’t be destroyed itself. Players will have to keep moving around the area to avoid the fog while dealing with any enemies. Inside the Chocolate Park we were able to see Apocalypse Walkers that teleport around the area at different intervals, Zombie Summoners that can heal zombies and generate armies of smaller zombies on the fly, and Imp Shamans that can throw shield bubbles around the smaller imps that we’ve seen before. Also seen floating around the area are some of the large Exospectors that are more for atmosphere than any real combat though, as with everything else in Hellgate, could change at a moment’s notice."
2.9.4 What about unique monsters?Edit
There are mini-bosses that appear randomly, that have a slightly better chance to drop good items.
2.9.5 Will I be able to kill bosses more than once and farm them for items?Edit
I didn’t have a quest and killed a quest mob, then I got the quest and killed it again. It didn’t drop anything without the quest, though.
So, the way it is right now, one will be able to kill bosses more than once, but will not be able to kill them over and over for items."
2.10.0 Single Player QuestionsEdit
2.10.1 Will Hellgate: London be able to be played in single player mode?Edit
2.10.2 How long is the single player campaign?Edit
The developers have estimated it to be 30-40 hours
2.10.3 Will single player get content updates?Edit
According to a recent post by Community Manager Brennan Ieyoub, yes!
2.11.0 Multiplayer QuestionsEdit
2.11.1 Will Hellgate: London be able to be played online?Edit
2.11.2 For free?Edit
2.11.3 Then what’s all this P2P junk?Edit
To fund their continued support (via both servers, and content) Flagship Studios will be featuring some sort of paid-for service to acquire additional content. However, there will still be free multiplayer form. It’s just…paying to play gets you more.
UPDATE (05/09/2007): Games for Windows magazine has finally released information about the P2P scheme for Hellgate: London. The game will still be playable for free, as mentioned above. However, for those who subscribe:
- Elite subscribers pay $9.95 a month
- 24/7 phone- and internet-support
- No (server) queues for elite subscribers, with preference over non-paying customers
- 3 chars per account for non-elites, 24 for elite-customers
- Elite subscribers can store up to 40 items (instead of 20 for non-subscribers), which can be accessed from any char in an account-wide item vault.
- Visible distinction from other players. Elite subscribers are recognisable from their equipment and may trade subscriber-only equipment to other elite subscribers.
- VIP-Shuttles to remote areas
- Housing and founding of guilds are enabled for subscribers. Elite subscribers may attain officer/leader priviledges within their guild.
- Elite subscribers have access to additional game modes, including Hardcore mode.
- Elite subscribers and non-subscribers can play with each other.
- Costs actually depend on where you live. Subscription fees in the Asian market will cost considerably less, in accordance to the market conditions and expectations of the players and local publishers within the region.
2.11.4 So they’re offering a gimped mode for those that don’t pay them?Edit
No. The full, completed single-player version will be able to be played online, for free. Everything in the box at the store will be available to the free players. The P2P mode is to buy ADDITIONAL content produced further down the road. Because they can’t do this without constant revenue, they are looking for ways to fund this. And the money is going to come from the player.
- Free Play-
- Does have customer support but it isn’t 24/7 premium customer support. Being ‘just an artist’ I don’t know all the specifics here. - Can join guilds but can’t found a guild or use guild officer functions. - Can play with elite players in all areas of the game that come with the shipped game but not in new areas added post launch. - Can not use ‘elite’ items. It should be noted that elite items are not more powerful/unbalanced items but rather have flashier appearances or simply new items that still fit in the overall balance scheme. - Includes patching/balance updates. (in case that’s not obvious) - On the same secure servers as ‘elite’ players.
2.11.5 So how will they take our money, via monthly fee?Edit
This question is no longer relevant…since it’s answered above.) Yes, via monthly fee. The fee will however, depend somewhat on the region in which it is being collected. The fee in Asia has not been announced.
2.11.6 Will subscribers and non-subscribers be able to play together?Edit
UPDATE: 05/09/2007 (This question is also answered above.) Yes.
2.11.7 Is Hellgate: London an MMO?Edit
This is a subject of debate. It will feature massive amounts of players interacting on the same servers, but because of the layered towns and instanced dungeons, some may consider it, like Guild Wars, not an MMO. To all intents and purposes, however, CEO of Flagship Studios, Bill Roper calls Hellgate: London an MMO.
UPDATE 05/09/2007: For some reason, the June GFW article in which the monthly fees were announced states Bill Roper as saying Hellgate: London is not an MMO. This contradicts everything he’s said up to this point, so I believe this is a misquote.
2.11.8 Can I use my single player mode characters online?Edit
UPDATED: 4-10-07: No.
2.11.9 Can I join an instance a friend of mine is already in?Edit
At the moment, you can only join someone’s instance if you are in his or her party. You can join his or her party at any time, as well as the instance. (Once again, this is based on dated information and may have changed.)
2.11.10 Is LAN play available on Hellgate: London?Edit
No. LAN play is not implemented because of piracy concerns. However, for those who still want LAN play, there is a slim, SLIM chance of hope that it may make its appearance. It does have its supporters within FSS. But due to the piracy concerns, LAN play is not currently featured in Hellgate: London.
2.11.11 Will Hellgate: London feature raids?Edit
2.11.12 What are the raids like?Edit
This information is not currently known. This section will be updated when more information is known.
2.11.13 What is the difference between single player and multiplayer?Edit
To quote a recent interview with Bill Roper conducted by Jörg Langer:
"It really is much more, it really is an MMO experience. It’s client-server-based, it 24/7 customer service, you’re buying and selling items, you go to auction houses, you’re forming guilds. All those things you would expect from an MMO environment."
2.11.14 Will there be PvP battles?Edit
There will be some form of PvP in the game, though it is unknown how it will be handled. PvP is not a focus of Hellgate: London. I will update as new information about the PvP methods arise.
UPDATE: 05/09/2007 According to Flagship employee Lee Dotson, PvP is a Subscriber-Only game mode, along with both Hardcore and an RP mode.
2.11.15 Will I be able to play Hellgate: London with my friends overseas?Edit
Flagship is doing all they can to make it possible for everyone around the world to be able to play with one another
2.11.16 How will parties be created and joined? (ADDED: 4/10/07)Edit
According to an Interview with Bill Roper in MMO Magazine, Hellgate London utilizes a unique Terminal Matchmaking system. The terminal can display players by
"game mode, party name, party description, maximum number of players (up to the group size limit), and even level ranges so you don’t have someone to under- or over-powered trying to join your group."
The Terminal can look through potential groups, and find groups whose requirements the player meets, and show the player how many players, what classes, and what levels the other players in the group are.
If a player knows the name of another player, he can invite that player to join him at any time. This also applies to any character currently onscreen for the current player.
Players in Guilds see parties formed by their guilds at the top of the Terminal list. (Roper goes on to mention that there MAY be incentives for encouraging Guild play, such as special bonuses for Guild-only parties venturing together. He gives no further detail or explanation.)
2.12.1 Will Hellgate: London have clans or guilds?Edit
Yes. They will be called guilds.
2.12.2 How will guilds be organized?Edit
UPDATE: 05/09/2007 Guilds will be created and run by subscribers only. Only subscribers can hold the Officer positions.
However, all players can join guilds. Non-subscribers are just stuck in peon roles.
2.12.3 Will there be guild-based storage?Edit
According to Brennan Ieyoub, current FSS Community Manager, there will not be Guild Storage at launch
2.12.4 Will guilds be account- or character-based?Edit
This is also unknown. More details will come as release approaches, and I will update when details arrive.
2.12.5 Will there be guild halls?Edit
UPDATE: 05/09/2007 For subscribers, Guild Housing will be available. Only the subscribers have access to this content
2.13.0 Hardcore ModeEdit
2.13.1 Will there be a hardcore mode in Hellgate: London like there was in Diablo 2?Edit
Yes. (For those unfamiliar with the definition of hardcore mode: It means there are no extra lives. Once you die, your character can no longer be played.)
UPDATE: 05/09/2007 According to both GFW and Lee Dotson, Hardcore mode will be subscriber-only content.
2.13.2 Will hardcore characters be able to interact with softcore characters?Edit
While it is unknown whether or not they will be able to interact, it is known that hardcore characters can enter the same towns as softcore characters. This is from IGN’s Bill Roper Sneak Peek #8:
"An example of a gameplay mode would be Hardcore, where a character gets a single life. This means that if you fall to the hordes of Demons, you stay down forever. Of course, Hardcore players get loads of recognition within the world for taking this risk… different armor and item looks, color themes, effects, titles, auras and so on. When a level 40 Hardcore player enters a station, other players will take notice"
2.13.3 Will there be any other benefits to being a hardcore character?Edit
This is not known yet.
2.14.0 Music and SoundEdit
2.14.1 What about music?Edit
The music of Hellgate: London is done by Sonic Mayhem of Quake fame. Expect very high-quality music.
2.14.2 And sounds?Edit
Well, I would expect nothing short of the best. Hellgate: London won a Golden Reel for Best Sounds in a Video Game Cinematic for the Opening Cinematic. (News of this can be found here.)
2.14.3 Will the demons talk?Edit
You bet. From the previous QuickFacts:
"Feb 21, 2006 Demons have their own languages. Some of the chittering little freaks are a bit unnerving. I’m not sure if our more humanoid offshoots of higher level castes will eventually speak English, or at least opt to in certain situations. I honestly don’t know that yet. But the mightier demons far up in the hellish hierarchy are certainly capable of it."
2.14.4 Will NPCs talk?Edit
Yes. In fact, Bill Roper will be doing some of the voice acting!
2.15.0 System SpecificationsEdit
2.15.1 What are the required system specifications for Hellgate: London?Edit
These are not currently finalized. However, it is known that HGL is planned to support lower-end machines, such as machines found in cyber cafes. How far low-end this goes is not currently known.
It is unlikely, however, that lower-end machines will be able to run the game in windowed mode on a 3200×2400 resolution while spamming Flaming Spirals O’ Doom in an area with 50 zombies on screen at a decent frame rate, so beware.
UPDATE 05/09/2007: Still no updates here, but because of several people questioning about it, I thought I would add Mythos’ system requirements so you can gauge how powerful a system you will need.
At least 512 MB RAM, about a 2 GHz processor (but not a Piece of Shit Celeron), and a 64MB or more graphics card with PixelShader 2.0 (and 3.0?) capabilities. (FX5200 or Radeon 9250+ would most likely work)
Of course, a system of those specs will most likely only run Hellgate: London at the lowest settings
2.15.2 Is Windows Vista required for Hellgate: London?Edit
No, however Hellgate: London will be Vista-compatible.
2.15.3 What about DirectX10 compatibility?Edit
Yes, Hellgate: London will have extra graphical features…Such as smoke (special DirectX10 smoke, that is), shadows (special DirectX10 shadows, that is), and rain (and yes, this too is special DirectX10 rain).
(Scroll down to the image of a man in a hat, Tyler Thompson, in front of a green background. He speaks of DirectX10 effects in this video.)
2.15.4 Does Hellgate: London support dual monitors?Edit
No. Hellgate: London does not feature Dual Monitor support. (Source: Ivan Sulic, FSS Developer/Community Manager)
2.16.1 Is Hellgate: London an FPS?Edit
No. Hellgate: London is an Action RPG. Yes, it features a first-person mode and guns, but the gameplay focuses on Action RPG aspects. It does have FPS elements, but you should not buy this game expecting an FPS experience.
2.16.2 Will Hellgate: London be moddable at release?Edit
Flagship Studios does not currently plan to support modding for Hellgate: London.
2.16.3 Will there be beta testing for Hellgate: London?Edit
Yes. More details (and an entire FAQ section related to beta) will be added as beta approaches.
2.16.4 Will there be vehicles in-game?Edit
From what we’ve been told, only in cinematics.
2.16.5 What about mounts?Edit
Nope. If you need to get from place to place in a hurry, there are methods for that.
2.16.6 So there’s a waypoint system?Edit
There are ways to travel between stations instantly. There are no waypoints in instances, however.
2.16.7 Are there headshots or any kinds of area-based damage?Edit
No, but there are critical hits, based on two specific stats on a player’s character page.
2.16.8 Will there be player housing? (ADDED: 05/09/2007)Edit
Yes. This, however, is content for Subscribers only.