However after much anger from the gaming community Bill Roper One of the leaders in the production of Hellgate has stated that he has dropped these fee's to play online.
The subcription is now only for updated content featuring basic such as: more items, play areas, game types, skills, events, tournaments, contests, monsters, and potentially even character classes.
Players can play side by side others fighting in the streets still, so the fee is only if you want the new/updated stuff
This is just to clear up for those who have been confused about this issue, sorry for the large post
The 9.99 fee is the monthly fee which include all content and updates to the game as long as you keep paying the fee. If for any reason you stop paying you lose access to those features.
but what is about if you have been subscriber for some months, then for a month or two you dont pay and then you resubscribe to membership, are your extra items/stuff lost or was it only 'freezed' for the time you not paying?
The effect on items is less clear. The indication is you will lose access to some items. (Insert Speculation Warning Here) I suspect there are items that will remain usable that are only found by subscribers. They indicate many of the items accessible will not be "better" than normal items, just different traits.
Good luck and enjoy the game!