Hellgate: London Elite multiplayer portion will be $9.95/mo

The latest issue of Games for Windows Magazine has revealed the elite subscription pricing behind Hellgate: London, which will be free to play online should you opt out of subscribing for additional features. These features, which will be available for $9.95 (depending on location) are as follows:

  • Elite subscribers pay $9.95 a month
  • 24/7 phone- and internet-support
  • No (server) queues for elite subscribers, with preference over non-paying customers
  • 3 chars per account for non-elites, 12 for elite-customers
  • Elite subscribers can store up to 40 items (instead of 20 for non-subscribers), which can be accessed from any char in an account-wide item vault.
  • Visible distinction from other players. Elite subscribers are recognisable from their equipment and may trade subscriber-only equipment to other elite subscribers.
  • VIP-Shuttles to remote areas
  • Housing and founding of guilds are enabled for subscribers. Elite subscribers may attain officer/leader priviledges within their guild.
  • Elite subscribers have access to additional game modes, including Hardcore mode.
  • Elite subscribers and non-subscribers can play with each other.
  • Costs actually depend on where you live. Subscription fees in the Asian market will cost considerably less, in accordance to the market conditions and expectations of the players and local publishers within the region.

The subscription costs make it possible for Flagship Studios to produce additional content for Hellgate: London twice a month, or more. New content includes new items, monsters, areas, character classes and other content which are not present in the retail version of the game. It is not known as this time whether this additional content will only be available to paying subscribers.

View: Original Story @ Hellgate Guru
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I was looking forward to this title as well... I'm just not into the whole "pay a monthly fee to play" type games. Looks like I'll be passing on this one.

Lets hope that games like Quake Wars won't opt for the same model. That's another one that is on my "must play" list right now. If it went subscription based, that would be a big disappointment for me...

as long as you can get the extra stuff for use in single-player for free or a very reasonable price, I don't care about costs for online.

I won't be playing it online, single-player is all that interests me in a game, hence why I was upset at Starcraft-Online, I wanted another rts game and story

Meh. I was excited about this game last year. Then it got delayed and a monthly fee was added to allow players access to what they should have had automatically. I'll pass.

spacer said,
Meh. I was excited about this game last year. Then it got delayed and a monthly fee was added to allow players access to what they should have had automatically. I'll pass.
Totally agree. LOL @ this.

*insert angry posts trying to validate cost*

mm.. interesting way to go about the fees argument.

i wonder if you can go from "elite" back to standard, or is it a one way street?

Oh I can almost guarantee that you'd be able to switch back and forth from Elite to standard and vice versa whenever you like. It wouldn't make sense to not allow that at all.