Hellgate: London, Flagship Studio's ill-fated fantasy MMO, is gearing up for a relaunch after it was taken offline back in 2009.

New publisher Hanabitsoft has announced a closed beta will run from 3rd to 5th June, with a full North American release following on after that. A European release hasn't been confirmed yet.

No further details have been announced, other that the game has switched over to a free-to-play model.

Developed by former Blizzard employees, the game launched back in November 2007 picking up a 7/10 from Eurogamer.

However, it struggled to make money from the get-go, with publisher Namco pulling the plug in February 2009. South Korean distributor Hanbitsoft then secured the worldwide publishing rights back in January 2010 and set to work on the relaunch.

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