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Flagship respond to Hellgate London designer's rant

by Steven Williamson on 12 June 2008, 10:21

Tags: Hellgate: London, Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), PC

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Following on from the public rant from one of the designers regarding the state of Hellgate London and its community of complainers, Flagship Studios has been quick to step forward to offer an explanation.

Yesterday, we reported that Guy Somberg wrote on his personal blog about the current internal problems with the studio, which included staff walk-outs.

Today, Flagship's CVO David Brevik has dropped us a mail with the following response:

I would like to respond to some of the recent coverage that Flagship Studios has received as a result of the publication of Guy Somberg's blog.

Everyone has good days and bad days. Guy was having a bad day. It was his friend's last day of internship and he found out another friend was thinking of leaving. He vented, exaggerated, and posted information that was inaccurate.

We will be the first to admit that Hellgate: London did launch with some problems. The game would certainly have benefited from a couple more months in the oven, but as an independent developer we didn't have the ability to delay our ship date. It can be difficult to stand by and see something that you put your heart and soul into, week in and week out, get the initial reception Hellgate got. It can put a strain on any developer and some days it can get to you. Thankfully, after some very hard work by all the people here, including Guy, the game is much better now and we believe in the future of Hellgate.

Both our studios are currently fully staffed, with our San Francisco studio working on ongoing content for Hellgate: London and our Seattle studio working on our free-to-play MMORPG, Mythos, which should go into open beta within the next couple months. In total, we have over 100 employees working for both studios. As is typical in the industry, after a game is released some people naturally want to work on something else and they leave the company to do so. But in total we have had less than 10% turn-over and have rehired for all needed positions.

All our Directors and Founders are still working at Flagship, and all of them are working on Hellgate: London or Mythos. The team size for Hellgate is as big now as when we shipped. We are putting all of our efforts into these projects and I think it will show in the upcoming Hellgate Abyss Chronicles.

So they you have it, nothing really more to say on the matter, other than we hope today is a better day for Guy.

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