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?