Tokyopop to Release Hellgate: London Manga

Feb 23rd 2006
TOKYOPOP and Flagship Studios Take the Most-Anticipated Computer Game
HELLGATE: LONDON
From the PC to the Page with an Exciting New Manga

Comic-Con, New York (February, 2006) – Publishing powerhouse TOKYOPOP, America's number one graphic novel publisher and leader of the Manga Revolution, and the gaming gurus of Flagship Studios, creators of innovative entertainment software including the mega-successful Diablo franchise at Blizzard North®, proudly announce their partnership to bring the most anticipated computer game, Hellgate: London, to manga form.

Hellgate: London combines the depth of role-playing games with the action of first-person titles while offering infinite playability with randomly-created levels, items, and events. The player creates a heroic character, completes quests, and battles through innumerable hordes of demons to advance through experience levels and branching skill paths. A robust, flexible skill and spell system, highly-customizable appearances, and a massive variety of randomly- generated equipment allow players to develop their own unique hero.

According to TOKYOPOP Publisher Mike Kiley, “Hellgate: London is the kind of property we love to make into a manga. The characters, story and setting are fantastic and the design work is nothing short of breathtaking.”

"We're very pleased to be working with a publisher and creative team of the caliber of TOKYOPOP," adds Bill Roper, CEO of Flagship Studios. "Their consistently high level of writing and artwork puts them at the top of their field. Having the chance to work with them to realize Hellgate: London in this medium is simply fantastic."

The Hellgate: London manga is currently scheduled to release day and date with the computer game.

ABOUT TOKYOPOP
TOKYOPOP is hailed as a leading youth-oriented entertainment brand and an innovator of manga creation, with a revolutionary artistic vision that transcends countless platforms. From the introduction of the first-ever extensive manga publishing program in North America, to the development of its manga-originated intellectual properties into film, television and digital entertainment, TOKYOPOP has changed the way teens experience pop culture. The company's global reach has expanded to Europe and Asia, with recent offices opening in the UK and Germany and upcoming partnerships in Australia and China, in addition to its original Los Angeles and Tokyo operations. With millions of fans logging onto www.TOKYOPOP.com, reading its books, and watching its DVDs and television programs, TOKYOPOP's award-winning catalogue of licensed and original properties has made the company a visionary in an ever-growing teen entertainment marketplace. Visit www.TOKYOPOP.com for additional information.

ABOUT FLAGSHIP STUDIOS
Flagship Studios is a creator of innovative entertainment software, designing games that focus on ease of play, replayability, and fun. The studio was formed in 2003 by former executives and developers from Blizzard North® and represents the creators of the worldwide, best-selling Diablo® franchise. With members that are renowned within the gaming industry, Flagship Studios embodies a team that has worked together for over a decade with numerous #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards to their credit. For more information about Flagship Studios, log onto www.flagshipstudios.com

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