Just in case you’ve been wondering if you’ll have to dish out money — any money at all — to play Hellgate London 2038, the answer is apparently “NO”. According to the most recent developer diary, in which the team discusses the game’s progress over the last several weeks, there are literally no plans for monetization. In fact, the developers are rather emphatic on that point.

Something to note: London 2038 will NEVER cost money, will NEVER have anything for purchase, will NEVER have a subscription, will NEVER have a cash shop or money transactions of any kind, PERIOD. This is a passion project for fans, by fans, and has 0 money involved. We are all volunteers, and we want everyone to enjoy the game we remember with out any cost EVER. No one will EVER make money off of this project.

Given how pointed they are about this, it will be interesting to see what the developers do intend to do to at least support the game financially should it warrant things like increased server sizes and the like. That said, it’s a really nice idea and one I hope they can support in the future.

If you’d like to read the full dev diary, including notes on the most recent update, head over to the Hellgate site.

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  1. DEmodeboom on January 4, 2017

    I remember playing this game back in the day…. It was awful and very buggy… They never even bothered upgrading the graphics and just let it die off..

    Sorry doing a private server may not be a thing at this point its just way to old now.

  2. Dreadlox on January 4, 2017

    Fanmade = Good potential. I hope the original owners wont come and destroy this friendly revival project. I hope the best. One my favorite games.

    • Yeah but I find it funny when the original owners destroy the non-profit friendly projects No offense to the dev team who is building it Im just a troll who laughs at peoples misery 🙂

  3. Dilyan2014 on December 30, 2016

    i know it will be a stupid question but how can i get multyplayer version of hellgate because it’s boring to be alone and for some missions i need help

  4. The Walking Derp on December 29, 2016

    Just chiming in for some clarification after reading through the comments:

    Firstly the point that we won’t charge for the game has been emphasised from the get go, not only in the last dev diary.
    Secondly, this is a fan project, we’re not a game studio and not game developers and any development is done voluntarily, that’s why we won’t need to ask for money at all. And no there won’t be microtransactions at all, in any way.
    The only costs we’ll have to cover are servers, which we haven’t finally decided on how we’ll do that – but again we won’t ask for money to access the game or any content.

  5. Schnellor on December 29, 2016

    Did any of you even read the project page? This is a fan-made private server effort not a studio or anything. They can’t and shouldn’t take money except maybe donations for keeping the servers going. You guys are so damn cynical and bitter it’s disgusting

  6. Curst on December 29, 2016

    A policy like that actually makes me more reluctant to even consider playing. If they say they aren’t charging for anything, it means they are either outright lying or the game won’t last more than a couple of months.

  7. trionisshit on December 29, 2016

    Played original, was good !And good news!

  8. Jokul on December 29, 2016

    Would the game be relevant or good enough to even bother, I’ve played hellgatw way back when but there are better games now.

  9. Hellsworth on December 28, 2016

    The only thing I have to say to these kinds of stuff is “Don’t say it, DO IT!”

  10. Kandy on December 28, 2016

    If this is legit then it would be worth the occasional donation to foot the bills. Toes crossed!

  11. I'll believe it when I see it on December 28, 2016

    I’m gonna lmfao if they ask for a dime through micro currency or cash shops or dress up shops or VIP membership/subsubscription services. Almost every MMO that flooded the market has said this then decided to go against what they said because they realized it’s not possible.

    • TreadHead on December 28, 2016

      This is a fan made revival. They probably can’t take anything except donations to keep the server running.

    • I'll believe it when I see it on December 28, 2016

      If it’s legit then it would be worth it then. If I did play this but I likely won’t I’d pay a fee once a year.

  12. Hantzie on December 28, 2016

    I really liked Hellgate when i played it while ago. But the business model, killed it for me. With this i’m willing to play it again.