I was peering at a Hope wide rear hub a while ago; I forget which. It just had a projection out of the side after the flange - total waste of space as the spoke attachment points were the same as the "normal version". I hope that's changed now.
You're thinking of a hope 150mm. And why is it a waste of space?
The whole point of 150mm is so you don't need to dish the wheel and it can be stronger. If the flange was out by the dropout that would be no better than a normal wheel...
Think of it like this - you want the tyre central between the dropouts. But there's a cassette on the right. So you need equal spacing on the left so your spokes can all be the same length and tension.
I'm sure hope haven't changed it, as that would be pointless!