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EA and Namco to Open Hellgate Together

Word comes from EA that it will collaborate with Namco Bandai on publishing the upcoming FPS-RPG Hellgate: London. EA will publish the game, with Namco Bandai continuing to oversee the development of the title. It will also retain rights to publish expansions or sequels to the Flagship Studios title.

Hellgate: London Gets Ping0

Flagship Studios has announced a joint venture with Ping0 which will manage all aspects of hosting online games for Hellgate: London, the studio’s upcoming highly anticipated RPG.

“Supporting Hellgate: London is just the beginning for Ping0,” said Bill Roper, CEO and co-founder of Flagship Studios. “We fully expect Ping0 to both handle the online components and digitally distribute all of Flagship’s future titles. The company will also provide publishers and developers that want to bring their games online with a solution proven by one of the most highly anticipated titles in the industry.”

Hellgate: London Goes DXX

During E3 NVidia announced that Hellgate: London, Flagship Studios’ debut title, will include support for Havok FX physics and Microsoft’s ShaderModel 3.0, making it one of the industry’s first DirectX 10 games.

Hellgate: London combines the action of FPS games with the infinite replayability of dynamically generated levels, items, enemies and events. Players create a heroic character, completes quests and battles through hordes of demons (gates to hell have been opened… again) to advanced through experience levels and branching skill paths.

Namco Bandai will be publishing the game when it’s done.

Hellgate London Comic Announced

Namco and Dark Horse Comics have announced that they are producing a comic book based on Hellgate: London, the upcoming RPG-FPS from Flagship Studios.

The comic book will provide the background story behind the game, with Issue “0” beginning when MI5 agent Lyra Darius discovers a human charnel house in London while investigating the affairs of a recently resigned Minister. The story builds up with Lyra entangled in the Knights Templar conspiracy, following up to the “Battle of All Hallows’ Eve”.

Written by Ian Edginton, the critically acclaimed author of Scarlet Traces and the recent War of the Worlds web comic adaptation, who has teamed up with Superman and Preacher artist Steve Pugh to explore the demon-ravaged metropolis. Issue “0” will be given away for free at E3.

Namco Bandai's E3 2006 Lineup

Namco will be showcasing 19 of its highly anticipated titles at this year’s E3. Set up at booth #824 in the South Hall, the company will be showing off new installments in notable franchises including Xenosaga Episode III, Tales of the Abyss, Ace Combat X, Tekken Dark Resurrection and The Legend of Heroes II. They will also be showing off Hellgate: London, Warhammer: Mark of Chaos, Naruto, One Piece, Ultimate Ninja and more. Below is the full lineup:

  • Xenosaga EPISODE III: Also sprach Zarathustra
  • Tales of the Abyss
  • Pac-Man World Rally
  • Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception
  • Tekken: Dark Resurrection
  • The Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch
  • Mobile Ops™: The One Year War
  • Mage Knight Apocalypse
  • Warhammer: Mark of Chaos
  • The Fast and The Furious
  • Snoopy vs. The Red Baron
  • Charlie Brown’s All-Stars
  • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja
  • Zatchbell!: Mamodo Fury
  • .hack//G.U. Vol.1: Rebirth
  • One Piece Grand Adventure
  • IGPX
  • Eureka Seven Vol 1: The New Wave

Further information on these titles can be found after the jump.
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Avalon Nude Model

Avalon Nude Model TeaserIf you’e feeling rather hot and bothered, head out to Hellgate Guru, who has posted the full, high-res version of the Avalon model featured topless in a recent Playboy issue. A “work-safe” teaser has been posted on the right; you’ll need to register to gain access to the full view.

The model is from Hellgate: London, an upcoming FPS/RPG hybrid from Flagship Studios. Further information can be found on the studio’s website and on the game’s official website.