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Mr. Roper is Cryptic

Maybe not as cryptic as Mr. Furley was, though. Don Knotts is deep, son.

Bill Roper, Champion.
Cryptic Studios, the folks behind the upcoming Champions Online, have brought on veteran game maker Bill Roper in the role of Design Director for the upcoming Champions game. The California-based company is also working on the upcoming Star Trek MMO.

Roper's last gig was co-founder of Flagship Studios, the company that brought you Hellgate: London. In related news, the current rights holders for Hellgate, HanbitSoft, claim that they're going to release a downloadable expansion for the game. Considering Namco's recent announcement that the servers for Hellgate were going to close down in February, this sounds... uh... weird. Perhaps HanbitSoft has a plan in place to rescue the servers from extinction?
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Posted by Jeff
Bill Roper, Champion.
Cryptic Studios, the folks behind the upcoming Champions Online, have brought on veteran game maker Bill Roper in the role of Design Director for the upcoming Champions game. The California-based company is also working on the upcoming Star Trek MMO.

Roper's last gig was co-founder of Flagship Studios, the company that brought you Hellgate: London. In related news, the current rights holders for Hellgate, HanbitSoft, claim that they're going to release a downloadable expansion for the game. Considering Namco's recent announcement that the servers for Hellgate were going to close down in February, this sounds... uh... weird. Perhaps HanbitSoft has a plan in place to rescue the servers from extinction?
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Posted by Driadon

I hope Hellgate doesn't die yet. That game was surprisingly solid for what it was and the team size.

Posted by TomboDemon

he does look like a champion....

Posted by J_Peps

I know he's the voice of Diablo and all, but my god that pic makes him look like a Castle Crashers dude!

Posted by sociald1077

Good to know that the man behind Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo is going to be moving on up.

Posted by Ben_H

Mr. Furley is the greatest TV character of all time.

Posted by Pudge

I swear when I saw this on my RSS, I thought a Mr. Rogers game is coming out.

Posted by English

Are you having a bad day, billy?

Posted by Vgsounds

No billy, my day is just fine.

Posted by Milkman

Champions Online is in good hands.

Online
Edited by zoozilla

EDIT: Never mind, I guess the servers will continue to run.

Still, an expansion to Hellgate?  Why?

Posted by bjorno

DJ ROPER is dope, so don't even try to cope. When it comes to making beats yo, he's the pope.

Posted by Media_Master

Snooooze

Posted by Media_Master

Snooooze

Posted by PapaLazarou

Holy shit its David Brent

Posted by Crono

@Driadon

Hmm... when you put it that way Hellgate is actually impressive.

Posted by bigdaddygamebot

Not a great portent for Champions Online...

Edited by Southgrove

City of Hellgate? Hellgate of Heroes? City of Champions?

Posted by Jimbo_N

Oh Roper, you deserve better..

Posted by LordAndrew

How do we not have a page for Hanbitsoft yet? Get on it son!

Posted by Ariketh
@LordAndrew said:
" How do we not have a page for Hanbitsoft yet? Get on it son! "
Meh.
Posted by LordAndrew
@Ariketh: That was totally not worth the notification PM.
Posted by Ariketh
@LordAndrew said:
" @Ariketh: That was totally not worth the notification PM. "
Haha...yeah.
 
I added the page.
Posted by LordAndrew
@Ariketh: I see. I actually checked again after you made your comment, but the search index hasn't updated yet so it didn't appear. I was actually going to do it myself after you reminded me. :)