I first played Hellgate: London a week after a real-life trip to the land of double-decker buses and castles and tea. Look at me, I'm in the London Underground! Look at me, I'm in the British Museum! Look at me, I'm level 30 with a terrible build I can't respec and all the levels look the same! Still, it was inevitable that as soon as the game went offline, I wished I'd played it more.
Fortunately, this week we learned that the game's current caretakers in Korea, HanbitSoft and T3Fun, are bringing Hellgate back to the West for another try. In fact, signups for the June 3rd closed beta have already begun, and we're still giving freebie keys out to lucky readers.
Look at me, I'm clicking past the cut to check out this week's other top MMO stories!
Guild Wars 2's explosive seventh class: The Engineer
ArenaNet revealed my new favorite class. Seriously.
Mark Anderson named DCUO's new game director
SOE welcomed returning players and overturned key staff.
All Points Bulletin: Reloaded open beta delayed
Fans were disappointed at the delay of the F2P relaunch's open beta.
The Game Archaeologist: Jamming with Ben 'Rarebit' Chamberlain
We got the scoop on the long-gone Matrix MMO from its most famous dev.
Atari: Cryptic Studios a 'discontinued operation'
Atari announced it was selling off the notorious MMO-maker.
Guild Wars 2 beta coming later this year, will probably release in 2012
NCsoft confirmed a 2011 GW2 beta and a likely 2012 launch date.
New RIFT trailer showcases the Mage
Trion continued its post-launch rain of trailers.
Funcom inviting former Age of Conan players back for free
The studio celebrated AoC's third birthday by re-upping expired subs.
The Perfect Ten: Sequelitis
Justin highlighted the top 10 MMO sequels (and pseudo-sequels).
Enter at Your Own Rift: A look at Update 1.2
Karen explored RIFT's newest update in depth.
Secret World impressions video shows glimpses of new footage
Funcom's conspiracy thriller doled out new fan-pleasing scenes.
Interview with BioWare details studio philosophy and more
Muzyka and Zeschuk exuded humility in a recent interview.
The Soapbox: The selfish gamer
We consider how MMOs made us so selfish -- and how to undo it.
Patch 4.2 PTR: First look at the Encounter Journal
The team checked out WoW's spoilerific in-game info journal.
Breakfast Topic: Is WoW inherently sexist?
The WoW Insider commenters discussed sexism in their favorite MMO.
Ready Check: On damage meters
Tyler debated the pros and cons of DPS meters.