Community Manager Diane “Tiggs” Migliaccio clarified the situation about Hellgate: London through the game official forum, saying that Namco Bandai still owns the publishing rights for U.S. and Europe and there are no plans beyond shutting the servers in January 2009. Here’s the post:
“People are speculating and I don’t want anyone shocked on January 31, 2009 when the server and forums shut down and there is nothing.
Let me explain things a bit to see if it clears up any issues for you. Hanbit owns the IP and rights to publish anywhere other then the US and EU and I think the other territory is Japan. NAMCO owns the rights to publish in the US and EU.”
Therefore HanbitSoft’s relaunch plans will be limited to the Asian markets only.