hellgate 2011 5 23 15 35 05 Hellgate Reopens as Free MMO; Open Beta Starts June 30th

T3 Entertainment is inviting gamers across North America to check out how their Hellgate renovations are coming along.  Born from the ashes of the ill-fated Hellgate: London, this new online version promises rebalanced classes, an expanded level cap, content from the Hellgate: Tokyo expansion, plus some completely new game modes.

Duel Area allows players to participate in a player-vs.-player mode. Players may opt to modify game settings and other battle rules while choosing from four possible areas: Abandoned Passage, Black Wall Way, Forgotten Grave, and Passage of Hallucination. In the Duel Area, players enter Death Match mode and must kill members of the opposing team. To aid combatants in the frenzy, Recovery Crystals are available near each team’s base, allowing players to recover HP, MP and shields. The winning team will get PvP points, which may be used to purchase accessories, pets and other items in-game. PvP updates will be posted on Hellgate’s website, where weekly top ten players will be rewarded.

Despite its name, the Cow Room won’t involve our milk-making friends. Instead, it will be crawling with a team of zombies – normal zombies and mummified. While the zombies may appear weak, players must remain vigilant and slay the Cow Room boss and his zombie cronies, all while avoiding a vision-reducing Sandstorm. But in order to enter the Cow Room, players first need to complete a special recipe to create a key. Players that can handle the madness have a chance to gain the newest and rarest Hellgate item drops.

Hellgate is already live in Korea, so the developers will be drawing on a largely finished product as they roll it out here in North America.  Sign ups and client downloads for the open beta test can be found at the official Hellgate website.