Garriott on Kickstarter: We want to “avoid becoming beholden to outside influences”

Richard Garriott

By on March 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Richard Garriott’s decision to use Kickstarter to fund his latest not-Ultima adventure has attracted some ire from gamers, who wondered why the multi-millionaire didn’t just stump up his own cash. Now, in an interview with RPS in which they bluntly asked him the same, he explained that it wouldn’t be possible to do that.

“In order to properly fund Shroud of the Avatar, we either needed to consider a publishing partnership with a large distribution partner, or go directly to the players,” Garriott said. “There were some games I made where our publisher forced us to ship before the product was finished and those results were never good, even though they had plenty of potential.”

“By going direct to the players, we can not only avoid becoming beholden to outside influences, but instead build a relationship directly with players, for whom we are building this game.”

In the same interview Garriott also discusses facets of the game, including how it can be played entirely offline if you so desire, and how it will likely be funded under a freemium model where players will purchase access to skill trees and the like via microtransactions. Take a read, or check out the Kickstarter if you haven’t already.

Source: RPS

2 comments (Leave your own)

Garriott NEEDS a guiding hand, he needs a person to hold his money and tell him “you’re being a dickhead” occasionally, otherwise he’ll just fail.


Once Again, Garriott, you spent 30million on going into space and your only asking 1 million from us end users to fund your project? You’re a millionaire but won’t invest your own money into your life long legacy of Ultima?

I’d back more than the $25, probably 400 – 500 if it was Ultima Online 2, not Lord of Ultima cross with Ultima Underworld.

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