Richard Garriott’s secret project is a Kickstarter for a new Ultima-inspired RPG

Shroud of the Avatar

By on March 11, 2013 at 9:22 am

Another week, another Old-School Game Designer returns with a Kickstarter aimed at recapturing the glory days. This week it’s Richard Garriott, who wants to return to his “innovative early work” with a new old RPG in the vein of Ultima, this time under the name of Shroud of the Avatar (“Ultima”, of course, still being owned by EA).

This is, as you may remember, what Garriott was teasing with “Lord British Presents”, and the countdown timer has now ticked over to reveal a Kickstarter page, where Garriott is asking for $1 million to “reinvent the classic fantasy role-playing experience”. Shroud of the Avatar promises player housing, online or offline play, as well as a fully interactive world where “if it looks usable, it should do something.”

In the FAQ section, Garriott addreses the question of “Why PC?” as a lead platform: “Some people think that PC is an outdated platform, but to that I say not true! I have always been a PC developer, and there is something magical about sitting close to a large screen, seeing your world come to life. And the flexibility of using a keyboard and mouse is unmatched; though if you prefer to play with a gamepad on a PC, you can do that too!”

“For game development, the PC allows developers tremendous innovation and gives players the most choices as far as how they play,” says Garriott. “Although a great RPG can exist in many forms (even paper tape!), I firmly believe that the PC is the best platform for Shroud of the Avatar.”

Head over to the Kickstarter page to learn more. Pledging $30 or more gets you a copy of the game, with an estimated delivery of October next year.

9 comments (Leave your own)

i can’t believe this guy has so many pledges already….are they insane

 

The Ultima games were so good back in the day, lots of fun. Of course Lord British was also assassinated in UO back in the day and since then all Lord British stuff has been downhill.

 

Why would they be insane to pledge, jonlee? Have you not seen the entire Ultima series? Mind you Ultima 8 and 9 really struggled but there were political issues involving EA’s re-branding of its own products and subsidiaries. Something Trip Hawkins would later apologise for 10 years later…

 

dean478,

I think you’ll find Dean, that it’s not the ultima side of things jonlee is worried about, it’s more likely the bag-full-of-cats crazy Garriot I think he has concerns about.

 

Lost any interest in these games after watching the entirety of Spoony’s Ultima saga video’s, specifically the later games.

What’s a Paladin, anyone?

Though to be fair I merely skimmed through some of the page without actually reading much of it when I first saw this last night, perhaps I’ll watch the vid and give it an actual chance.

 

I want to play tabula rasa :( I had fun with that while beta was going. I would love a revamped UO (before they did that ugly 3d overhaul) style MMO with some more crafting depth and social aspect orientated with guilds and territory (not sure if they added this, stopped playing when they did the new graphics engine). Fond memories of playing on atrox.. miss it :P

 

stoibs,

BETRAYED ME!

 

jonkhorn3:
I want to play tabula rasa :( I had fun with that while beta was going. I would love a revamped UO (before they did that ugly 3d overhaul) style MMO with some more crafting depth and social aspect orientated with guilds and territory (not sure if they added this, stopped playing when they did the new graphics engine).Fond memories of playing on atrox.. miss it :P

there’s a few of us oldie atrox imperium dudes still around. Sanguin Magus a mate of ours is even still hitting an American uo shard to this date!!

 

700k Already. *shakes head*

 
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