Hellgate: London's development, like its eventual implosion, was epic. At GDC, Stephen Goldstein, Flagship Studio's ex-director of business development, explained just how what seemed like a guaranteed hit went horribly, regrettably wrong.
Flagship Studios has reportedly suspended private beta testing for Mythos, shutting down the game's servers and message board — but not before an official explanation was posted on the forums by Flagship co-founder and COO Max Schaefer:
What happens at the studio when a game doesn't sell as well as was hoped? Imagine being at Flagship Studios after Hellgate: London's launch stumbles, which 1UP identified as "one of the top 5 worst PC game launches of all time." Angry PC gamers even invented a special term, "Flagshipped," to refer to when a company…