The lights are on
Update: After less than two weeks, the latest project from Lord British has surpassed its $1 million funding goal.Of course, it doesn't end there. Stretch goals are planned in $100,000 increments, and 18 days are still left in the campaign.
Original Story: Richard Garriott (also known as Lord British) has announced his newest project called Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues.
Garriott calls the game a return to his first love of medieval fantasy harkening back to Ultima, which he says is "long overdue."
The game will be funded in part by Kickstarter, and it will contain both a single-player campaign and online multiplayer. In general, Garriott's company Portalarium says Shroud will focus more on developing your character and their story than grinding.
For more on Shroud of the Avatar – including its housing, the world, its non-class-based character system, "meaningful PvP," and more, check out the Kickstarter page or the game's homepage.
The game will come out for PC, Mac, and Linux, and is being planned for an October 2014 release.
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sounds good to me
I am happy for Garriott, considering he's been turned down by every major publisher in the world after the NCSoft disaster, and his distancing from single player video games didn't help much, either. This man had a wonderful career in the late 80s and early 90s, possibly throughout the 90s if you consider some of the early expansions to Ultima Online. And I still say UO is the BEST MMO ever made (and unfortunately also one of the most tortured, mangled, deformed games of all times - just look at it now), but in spite of how I feel about UO, Garriot's strongest point has always been his ability to tell compelling stories. Do you remember Ultima VII? Both campaigns are awesome, the sequences are perfect, and it's still beautiful to look at today. I am talking free-roam sandbox straight from the mid-90s.
Ultima VIII wasn't so good, and what came after that is a tragedy in which I believe Garriott had his hands tied, as he explained himself in numerous interviews.
Best of luck to him.
Well, that was fast. Here's hoping the final product is worth it.
Some of this stuff sounds interesting, and it looks okay despite not appearing groundbreaking or state-of-the-art in any way. But I just don't get why "Lord British" is on Kickstarter at all. MUCH has been said about his bank account... although I do recall some of things involving his losing a ton of it. To a magician.
I am not making that up.
Yay for Richard!
Still sounding promising.
so in other words, its nothing new.