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Sweeping changes to Hellgate: London in Abyss Chronicles

James Egan

Hell is about to get even hotter, as Flagship Studios prepares to unleash fresh content for Hellgate: London. Our sister blog Big Download has some posted new screenshots of the upcoming Abyss Chronicles for HG:L, as well as info on the 2.0 and 2.1 updates to the title. Patch 2.0 will be Hellgate: London's second major content update, and brings with it a host of new features and changes to the game. The build is likely to go live on the Test Server in the next week, but until then, here's Big Download's breakdown of the 2.0 changes:

  • A new quest line that covers the spread of the Abyss through Parliament Square and the survivors' efforts to fight back
  • A major rebalancing of the Blademaster class
  • A complete PvP overhaul, including achievements, rankings, rewards, and a new CTF team gametype
  • Changes to the Shared Stash, such as a separate pane for each difficulty
  • Addition of two new trinket slots for players to add rings and such to their characters
  • An attribute respec NPC that allows players to remove points from an attribute for a fee-per-point
  • Three new skills for each class
  • A consignment house (read: auction house) where players can sell stuff to other players without direct trading
Beyond rolling out The Abyss Chronicles with 2.0, the next area Flagship Studios is focusing on is PvP through Patch 2.1. The patch will 'open up an entirely new side to Hellgate: London' by introducing five cohesive elements of PvP in a single update: ranking, matchmaking, rewards, achievements, and Capture the Flag. The end result is what Flagship describes as 'a robust PvP experience.'

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