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 as a lead platform: “Some people think that PC is an outdated platform, but to that I say not true!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.