Wednesday, December 3, 2008

AIKA's new Trailer


Seoul, Korea - December 4, 2008 – HanbitSoft today released a preview trailer of massive war MMORPG AIKA ONLINE(hereinafter AIKA). The Trailer of AIKA focuses on massive wars, which is one of the core systems in the game. It is highly noted from the fact that the scenes of the massive war was taken from the actual battle during the last closed beta test. Watching the trailer, gamers can pre-experience the thrill of being in the largest battle field in online game history.

HanbitSoft announced last week that AIKA will be starting open beta service on December 18th, and showed no fear of being part of the recent struggles of MMORPGs. The company added that after the announcement many greedy foreign buyers have been calling to set up meeting for AIKA, which leads to good possibility of success in oversea as well.

“AIKA is the one and only MMORPG that manages massive war of 1000 vs 1000. It’s the largest scale in online game history, and gamers will be blown away by its excitement” said Yoora Kim, Online Business Director of HanbitSoft, and added “AIKA’s unique features are strong, and we are not afraid of any competition.”

Before the open beta, AIKA opens its upgraded official website on 5th and reveals its feature information in details.

HGLD Update News

Here's some good news to those who've been craving for Hellgate: London updates.
The message was officially released out to Asian partners(/publishers of Hellgate: London), but I thought you might be interested too! (click image for better view)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Letter from HGLD Product Manager

Hi, This is Janelle.

I just received a letter from Hellgate: London Product Manager,
and i hope this will help you with your inquiries.

Below is the original message.

To the fans of Hellgate: London,

We wish to express our gratitude to all the fans for showing your passion and dedication to Hellgate: London.

Since acquiring the intellectual property rights, HanbitSoft Inc., the publisher and distributor of Hellgate: London in Asia, has concentrated on the development of Hellgate: London, and has received many inquiries regarding new updates. Our US development studio is currently working on an update that is to surpass “The Abyss Chronicles.” This game will be available through our Web site. We thank you once again for showing your interest and ask for your continuous support for Hellgate: London, as we hope to bring good news shortly. In the meantime, we will continue developing the world’s best game!

Hellgate: London Product Manager - also a fellow user that loves to play Hellgate: London

Sunday, October 26, 2008


POPOMING starts over with new name "STARCRASH"

Do you remember a fruity jucy colorful game POPOMING?

This colorful action RPG had finished its 4th closed beta tests and several internal tests during the past two years, and now announces that it's ready for release.

Before the release, the game has changed its name into Starcrash which shows more about the game. (The chacter has to punch and crash the color boxes of stars to transform into different color bodies which have different skills and abilities)

Anyway, Starcrash is ready to rock now. It is preparing new contents before open beta comming soon, and has already opened a new official website. I will let you know the updates as soon as they're ready. ^^


Granado Espada Announced a new version GE 3.1

GE brought up a new sensation to the core GE fans with 3.0 version update last August, revealing high level contents in two and a half years. This very recent version is quite different from the last one. This update focused on contents for light players who don't have much time to sit for MMORPG. The ideas were adopted by the requests from the players, which concentrates on "convenience" than "entertainment" features.

The main update is the "GEMOCON", the web control system which stands for "GE Remote Control". This is a system that will let you check how your character is doing, whether it's dead, or doing hunting while you're out. You can do it everywhere, where there is internet. You can also chat with other players through this system which will allow you to strengthen your community activity online.

HanbitSoft Gains HGLD & Mythos IP

Hellgate and Mythos Both in HanbitSofts Hands

HanbitSoft now owns both Hellgate: London, online action RPG and Mythos, casual MMORPG, once used to be developed by Flagship Studios. HanbitSoft now acquires IP (Intellectual Property) including the engines and source codes of both well made titles.

This means that HanbitSoft is now the owner of all the titles that Flagship Studios had been working on, and both titles will be developed in newly established studio in the U.S. HanbitSoft expects that full possession of these titles will not only bring them larger portion of the earnings but also upgrade the quality of contents fit for online games.

HanbitSoft had constantly tried to gain the IP of two titles after Flagship Studios shutdown. The company announced recently that the regarding issues are now all settled, and only thing left is to focus on developing the titles the best way possible.

“Hellgate: London is now HanbitSoft’s game, and we have already formed a team. They are doing hard work for updates and patches. Service in Asia including Korea is in good hands” said Gi-Young Kim, CEO of HanbitSoft, and added “I believe Mythos is a very attractive MMORPG, just gaining large fans from couple of beta tests. It has a lot of potential and it will also be developed at studio in San Francisco with Hellgate: London. Both titles will be presented soon with upgraded features.”

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Experience HELL again


Many of you may heard about the sad news of Flagship's shutdown.

But the good news is that Hellgate will go on with the new crew. HanbitSoft announced that T3 Entertainment recruited some of the best developers from Flagship Studios, Blizzard and formed a team with developers of their own. They will be carrying on where the last crew left off.

Hellgate also decided to go partly FREE in Korea. Don't be too excited. It's not ALL FREE.

Act1 and Act2 is open for everyone who wants to experience Hellgate, and only players who choose go on are asked to pay. HanbitSoft introduced various types of price models with a huge bargain, up to 67% OFF at most!
Just wait for the Hellgate's Comeback.
You'll be more than surprised!!

GE 3.0

GE is BACK with 3.0 UPDATE!
Check out the first highlevel region, weapons and skills
update in a year!

Granado Espada is back with a whole new world. 3.0 is all about .

The new region "Errac" and new recruitable NPCs takes place in the time ages and ages before the new civilization began, and focus on solving the mysteries of unsolved problems. 3.0 update also strengthened the main scenario, and let you explore the advantures.
You can experience both traditional GE and newly born GE at the same time. The best news about 3.0 update is that it's for high level players who had been craving for higher level contents. For more than a year, GE had to concentrate ensuring low and middle level contents for majority, but this time the developers took a chance.
This time, you can explore very strong and very new weapons with different skills.
Remember. They're really really strong.^^
But dont worry beginners. GE has now new experience point system that will allow to speed up your level-up.
Just be patient, then you can enjoy these stuff in no time~

GE also opened up bran new server called "Errac" for those who want to start GE all over again.
Beginners are also welcome.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Camon Hero Starts 1st CBT Today
From July 30th to August 5th!!

HanbitSoft announced that Camon Hero, Card summoning MMORPG developed by T3Entertainment, is starting its first closed beta test through HanbitOn today until 5th of August.

Camon Hero is a MMORPG which is mainly about heroes(characters) fighting against monsters with cards. Camon Hero is revealing over 10thousand items, 700 kinds of different monsters, and 100 different maps with fields and dungeons. The amount of contents is the largest in online game history to be open in the first closed beta test. Players will be able to explore diverse modes and systems without any level limits.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

HanbitSoft Signs World Wide Publishing Rights Contract of ‘WarCry’, New Fantasy FPS Blockbuster Developed by T3 Entertainment

Seoul Korea, July 24 2008 – HanbitSoft announced today that the company has acquired worldwide publishing rights of WarCry, the new fantasy FPS blockbuster developed by T3 Entertainment.

WarCry is an online Third person Shooting Game(TSG), based on a fantasy world. Players can choose a class out of twelve heroes, and experience fierce battle with sixteen other players in various maps. Players can not only enjoy the battles between the other fighters, but also explore the thrill of Real Time Strategy(RTS) and shooting game plays. According to HanbitSoft, WarCry is expected to be open to public during this third quarter through HanbitOn, the company’s game community portal site.

“WarCry represents our motto, which is to develop fun and new game each and every time” said Ki Young Kim, CEO of HanbitSoft, and added “We believe WarCry has great potential in both domestic and international market”

HanbitSoft announced that additional games that are being developed by T3 will also be published by HanbitSoft in the future.

HanbitSoft secures global license of ‘Audition2’ and ‘Camon Hero’

HanbitSoft announced it made contract with T3 entertainment for securing global license of ‘Audition2’ and ‘Camon Hero’ on July 17th. With this contract, HanbitSoft holds global license excluding some areas already contracted with Yedang Online. It also secured world-wide license of ‘Camon Hero’, except for two areas of China and Taiwan, that already been exported to by T3.

Kim Ki-Young, CEO of HanbitSoft said, “These two games show proven game quality through previous export contract and now we can expect additional revenue by exposing games to 8 million HanbitOn( users and starting new service in other overseas market.” He also added, “This contract is the first step of the sequential synergy coming upon the unification of HanbitSoft and T3 Entertainment.”

‘Audition2‘ is receiving high attention of market for it advanced the compatibility between online game and web community to the upper level more like ‘Social Network Service’. The prior title, Audition1 recorded over 350 billion won accumulated revenue and Audition2 is expected to show greater success under this assumption. HanbitOn will start Audition2 channeling service within the 3rd quarter of this year.

‘Camon Hero’ is a unique game title combining role playing type and real time simulation type. It shows differentiated card system and is going to provide domestic service within the 3rd quarter. It is also being prepared for local service in China and Taiwan.

With this contract, HanbiSoft took a step forward for securing new growth engine. It’s said their synergy effect will be proliferated when HanbitSoft launches new pipe-line of T3 Entertainment and it puts spurs to global service.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Comming SOON: Hellgate: London for TEENS

HanbitSoft announced on June 20, 2008 that teen version of Hellgate: London will be launched in Korea this summer.

Hellgate: London's teen version is for gamers at least 15years old, and the game has been retouched for them. Too much blood effects and explosion scenes were revised or deleted from the game. Some violent vocabulary used in the game was also purified.

Hellgate: London's teen version will be launched in Korea no matter the Flagship Studio's shut down. HanbitSoft stated that they already have received a build, and update schedule will be stayed as planned.


Aika Online had a surprise test for two days. Only the ones who had participated on the last two closed beta tests and those who were invited by the members were able to join the test. The test was operated only for two days just to concentrate on its battle system, which is the core system in the game. Project manager at HanbitSoft in charge of Aika stated that "this test is only for testing battel system in order to get ready for the third closed beta test which is planned in very near future."

The test went very well, and Aika will be introduced in upgraded form very soon.


NEO STEAM Competes Against WOW on 1st Place of Taiwanese Top Game Portal Site

Seoul, Korea – June 26, 2008 – HanbitSoft today announced that steam punk RPG NEO STEAM is in commercial service with popular responses in Taiwan.NEO STEAM has started its commercial service on 19th of June, and achieved more than 25thousand CCPU in a week which is the number twice as big as the one from the closed beta test.

NEO STEAM at first began the service with 13 worlds, but had to add two more during its first week to manage rapidly increasing gamers.In one of Taiwans famous game portal site(, NEO STEAM now competes against WORLD of WARCRAFT on first place of the rank, and another game magazine reported that guidebook for NEO STEAM is very popular among the gamers.

"Around 7thousand copies of starters package are being sold every day at SEVEN-ELEVEN, and according to gamers, they have to visit 2~3 stores in a day just to get one package" said Howard Chang, Manager of NEO STEAM service at X-Legend Entertainment, and added "We are happy about the results so far. We will do our best to make this popularity long run."

HanbitSoft announced that the reasons for NEO STEAMs such success in Taiwan, are the international service know-how the company has learned through previous services in Japan and China, and preparation of sufficient contents for gamers to enjoy. HanbitSoft added that with X-Legend, both companies will put best effort on providing sustainable updates to bring satisfying service to Taiwanese gamers.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Some of you may be surprised, some of you may worry, and some of you may be up beat to hear the shocking news coming from us every week.This week has been all about Flagship Studios Shut Down, and IP law suits over HGLD and Mythos. This is the Translation of our press release put out on July 16th, 2008 in Korea.

Bill Roper and Directors of Flagship Studios Bear Responsibility

Last weekend, Flagship Studios announced that former employees were fired and HanbitSoft mentioned that all measures were proceeding as planned to the benefit of players (in Korea) to ensure that continued service of Hellgate: London would be seamless despite the current problems at its development studio. In addition, HanbitSoft holds the executives of Flagship Studios fully responsible for the incident towards the rights and interests of the users and stakeholders, including shareholders and other parties involved. HanbitSoft is considering taking strong legal action against Flagship Studios in order to take them to task for their responsibilities.

HanbitSoft does not expect to have any difficulty in securing the exclusive intellectual property rights related to Mythos. HanbitSoft is prepared to deal with Comerica bank in a local visit to them next week in order to secure and acquire the intellectual property rights of Hellgate: London. HanbitSoft believes that the game has nothing to do with the aforementioned bank as HanbitSoft already holds the rights to the game in Asia. HanbitSoft believes it has a strong possibility of acquiring the intellectual property of Hellgate: London in the United States and the rest of the world.

HanbitSoft stated that they will be devising a plan to continue work on the games with local (Korean) game developers in order to see the game through.

HanbitSoft’s CEO Kim Ki-Young stated, “Hellgate: London has a strong possibility of being ‘reborn’ into an excellent game with an outstanding product life,” he continued to say that “With more than 500 people at its disposal, both in-house and outsourced contracts who are veteran developers of every genre ranging from casual games to hardcore MMORPGs, we are ready to recreate Hellgate: London into an excellent game.”

He continued, “We don’t have to recruit existing developers, however if we could do so, we could shorten the time for analysis and developing for users. Although we are trying our best, since Flagship Studios doesn’t want to cooperate, we have no choice.”

According to HanbitSoft, they offered several methods and the means to keep Flagship alive in consideration of the users, but Flagship majorly lacked in effort. Hanbitsoft already has offered large amounts of investments but Flagship replied with ridiculous counter-offers and the negotiations went south. Even so, HanbitSoft continued to make investment offers which were all rejected, leading to the lay-offs of all of the Flagship employees.

HanbitSoft also stated, “Flagship not only lacked effort, but were only looking for personal gain. Firing all of the Flagship employees in order to protect the personal interests of its founding members only shows how selfish and irresponsible they are.”

Flagship Studios is an incorporated company. Hence if any problems occur within this company, it doesn’t affect the finances of any of Flagship Studios’ founders.

HanbitSoft said they are going to take legal proceedings as Flagship Studios is legally responsible for a serious breach of duty in not protecting their stockholder’s rights. The legal proceedings will be done against Flagship’s founders and management people for their intellectual property. HanbitSoft currently owns a 9.5% stake in Flagship Studios.

You can also read this piece at
T3 Entertainment Becomes the Largest Stockholder of HanbitSoft

As you may have heard from the various news, T3 Entertainment, the developing company very well known for Audition, online casual dance game, has acquired controlling stake in HanbitSoft on May 19, 2008 and have become the largest stockholder of the company.

The following is part the press release put out on the announcement day in Korea.

HanbitSoft announced today(May 19, 2008) that T3 Entertainment(hereinafter T3) has become the largest stockholder of the company.

HanbitSoft assigned 25% of Alex Kim’s share, who had been CEO and the largest stockholder of HanbitSoft, to T3.

HanbitSoft stated that this strategic coalition between the two companies will bring great synergy to the whole industry. Games that are developed by T3 will be serviced through HanbitOn, game portal site of 8million accounts, which will eventually brought up to be one of largest game portal sites in Korea.

T3 seeks to brighten up the domestic market by strengthening HanbitOn, and global market through strong international network HanbitSoft have built so far.

“Despite the ownership of the company, I will continue to devote my all passion and my know hows for HanbitSoft’s better future” said Alex Kim, CEO of HanbitSoft, and added “we decided to go for ‘changing the largest stockholder’ other than any other possible ways to go, because we agreed it is the best way to be. We believe our deal will bring positive energy to struggling industry.”

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Spike Girls, had successfully finished its 3rd closed beta test.
Many gamers thought the game had improved in its overall quality especially in community systems. There will be more cute characters with variety of items they can wear comming up for its next milestone.

NEOSTEAM Fascinates Taiwanese Gamers
on its First Day of Closed Beta Test,
Sweeping Top Ranks of Major Sites in Country

Seoul Korea, June 13 2008 – HanbitSoft announced today that its steam punk RPG NEOSTEAM had successfully terminated its first closed beta test in Taiwan.

NEOSTEAM had its first closed beta test started on 4th of June with tremendous popularity. X-Legend Entertainment, publisher of NEOSTEAM in Taiwan, announced that during the test, over 34,000 gamers participated the test which is approximately 80% of the total distributed accounts, and set a record of 10,000 CCU on its first day sweeping top ranks of most popular game sites in country.

“We are all very surprised about the successful result. We Howard Chang, Head Manager of NEOSTEAM service in X-Legend Entertainment, and added “one of famous game magazines reviewed NEOSTEAM as the most promising Korean game in Taiwan, and expect big success.”

Even after the closed beta test, Taiwanese gamers still crave for NEOSTEAM. NEOSTEAM is still in top ranks in major websites with stable increase of page views.

NEOSTEAM will begin open beta service from June 19th in Taiwan.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


AIKA ONLINE has recently introduced new character called 'Dual Gunner'
During the first closed beta test, AIKA ONLINE revealed three characters out of six, and promised to introduce them in its next test. The next closed beta test expected very soon, AIKA ONLINE revealed 'Dual Gunner'. Dual Gunner is especially good with guns as you can see from its name. They are fast and furious.
AIKA ONLINE is expecting its second closed beta test during May, and players will be able to exprience all six characters then.

Invitation to GE 3.0

GE announced its road map for 3.0 version on April 15th.
Hakkyu Kim says "3.0 is not about major updates. It's more about how to make the UI more convinient for gamers, and trying new things."

In GE3.0, gamers are invited to the Third Civilization where a whole different area with new monsters and items appear. There is also a new currency system called FESO. This will allow gamers to get cash items without spending any cash. There also will be updates on pet system, scret guard system and etc.

For more information, please hold on to our next update news!



Check out Mythos' ZONE3.

Zone3 introduces the Umbral Peaks and the towns of Mistglade and Arcled. There are quest contents that allow players to progress up to level30, and many more new features. New features include the introduction of a new character race, the Cyclops, crafting system, in-game mail, socketable armor and trinkets and stat bonuses for skill tier investment. Also, players can participate in PvP dueling for the first time, with the unveiling of a dedicated PvP world the Shadowlands.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

PANGYA SEASON4: Delight, Already HOT in Japan

This is a review article from GameWatch, one of top web magazines in Japan. Here you can find a story about Pangya Season4: Delight. Pangya's new season will be open in Japan soon, but Japanese gamers are already eager to know what it's like! This article is written by Dong Soo Han, a correspondent from Game Watch.

Here is what the beginning of the article says....

HanbitSoft, Pangya Season4,

Report on user original costume making system, new character and more!

Developed by Ntreev and published by HanbitSoft, Pangya brought out a new season called . Here you can not only find new character and new course, but also unique UCC systems. Especially, Self Design System, one of UCC contents, is a system where player can design their own clothes and wear them.

for more information please click here and check out the original article:

Thursday, March 6, 2008


AIKA ONLINEs First Closed Beta Test Starts Today

Seoul, Korea – March 6, 2008 – HanbitSoft announced today that the company’s new MMORPG, AIKA ONLINE (hereinafter AIKA, is starting its first closed beta test from March 6th to March 8th.

The first closed beta test of AIKA will start this afternoon at 5pm until 10pm. Today, AIKA will be testing mainly on PRAN system, which is a kind of pet system that is one of the main featuring. Instant dungeons will be tested on the second day, same time for 5hours. On the last day, AIKA will focus on testing the massive battle system which is the core feature in the game.

AIKA is also having events to celebrate its first closed beta test, and to thank all the gamers who joined to participate on the test.

AIKA is developed by JoyImpact, the veteran team who developed WYDFC2 and Tantra. AIKA had been revealed to public last year, during the early development at Gstar2006.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


POPOMING Finishes 2nd Closed Beta, Testers Response “Great”

Seoul, Korea – March 6, 2008 – HanbitSoft announced today that online transforming action game POPOMING had successfully ended its second closed beta test.

POPOMING’s second closed beta test was operated from February 28th until March 2nd. During the test, POPOMING presented newly added contents. Running race, one of mini games in the game was especially popular among the testers for its simplicity and educational contents. Testers gave high scores to the newly added contents and asked for more community contents such as messengers.

“I don’t play online games that much, but POPOMING was very fun to play and I couldn’t stop” said one of the testers (ID: ed333) and added “characters had various transforming specialties and it was fun.”

HanbitSoft announced that POPOMING will be going through the internal testings and may open the game sooner that the company has planned because gamers comments were so great. HanbitSoft will announce the next milestone of POPOMING in short future.

POPOMING is a new project developed at JoyImpact by veteran developers, whom they are known for Fortress which was hit title in all over Asia. POPOMING is set in future at Bugi Bugi Island, and its main storyline is the main characters fighting against Dr. Frank who invades their island.

For more information on POPOMING, visit its official website at

Monday, March 3, 2008


POPOMING, HanbitSoft's new transforming action game has gone to 2nd closed beta test last week, and Gamebase has also written about it.


AIKA is on TOP page of Gamebase right now. You can also check out the movie trailers from there!AIKA is operating its first closed beta test in Korea this wednsday! We'll keep you up with the latest news. Thanks!


Aika released its first preview trailer about the three characters and PRAN.

You can check out the article on GNN, and also visit to take a look at the trailer!



Seoul, Korea – February 29, 2008 – HanbitSoft today revealed latest movie trailer of introducing characters of MMORPG AIKA ONLINE(hereinafter AIKA).

AIKA released total four kinds of trailers which include three characters and PRAN. Three characters; Warrior, Sniper and Priest are the ones able to be played during the first closed beta test. Warrior is the fighter class who shows specialty in short range fights, and Sniper uses rifles in long ranges. Priest is character with spell powers.

Among six characters, three will be opened to play during the test, and the rest of the characters will be introduced during the second closed beta which is set to be operated in short future.

AIKA is inviting players to join the first official test right now, and the test will start on 6th of March for three days. During the test, AIKA will be mainly tested on Princess of Air Nymph(PRAN) System, and instant dungeon for few days, and lastly on massive battle which is the core featuring in the game.

AIKA is developed by JoyImpact, the veteran team who developed WYDFC2 and Tantra. AIKA had been revealed to public last year, during the early development at Gstar2006.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Newly Released Screen Shots of MYTHOS

Hellgate Goes Wild!

Chinese web magazine, released an article about Hellgate: London yesterday.
The article says that open beta in Korea is going very well with CCPU of 100thousand.
It is true Hellgate: London is having a great start so far, however note that HanbitSoft has not yet announced the CCPU number for several reasons. HanbitSoft is willing to announce it at the right time, and hopely with higher number than that.
If you want to read the original article, visit here.,1.shtml

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


What has been going on to Hellgate: London after open beta?

Seoul, Korea (January 18, 2008) – HanbitSoft announced that Flagship Studios will be updating Stonehenge Chronicle in North America tomorrow, 22nd in Korean time.

Stonehenge is a huge outdoor hub accessed through a special portal in Templar Base, connecting players to several new and exciting quests. Heroes will find themselves in completely new open, outdoor wilderness areas unlike anything seen within the city limits of London, battling terrifying new demons and bosses and finding new items very distinct in their appearance. Stonehenge Chronicle will be updated in Korea this February.

After open beta from 15th, Hellgate: London went to the first update on 19th. This updated includes hard core, elite modes which will challenge the gamers only who are over level 20 can play. HanbitSoft also released the latest screen shots of Act4, which will be updated tomorrow, the 22nd in Korea.

After the open beta, Hellgate: London ranks in first place for more than a week among the open beta games at Game Trics, Game Report and other game rank research sites. Also, Hellgate: London has made a contract with Massive on in-game advertisement. Based on this contract, Massive will manage in-game advertisemnet sales for Hanbitsoft and all aspects of the dynamic in-game advertising processes. Hellgate:London features London city surroundings such as museums, Bloomsbury, Piccadilly and so on, making the game suitable for natural and effective advertising.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Mythos News on Game4v

Here is News from Game4v, one of web magazines in Vietnam!
if you are interested for more details, click here ->

Mythos Fan Site in Germany

Visit Mythos Fan site in Germany!
Here's the link. You can get translation help from google.

DX10 Screen Shot of HGLD

News on GameENET

HanbitSoft released DX-10 Screen Shots of Hellgate: London.

With co-work with Nvidia, DX10 and Geforce8800GT graphic card makes Hellgate: London a whole new game.