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Ultima creator on $1 million Kickstarter campaign: new RPG

Ultima Creator Richard Garriott has started a new KickStarter campaign which he hopes will fund a new fantasy role playing game. He needs a total of $1 million to make the game and has already achieved $711,619, with 27 days to go!

Older gamers will remember the exploits of Lord British and many are hoping Garriott will be able to create something fresh, exciting and enjoyable to play. The game is dubbed Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues

The KickStarter page says “Richard Garriott, the award winning designer and creator of the Ultima franchise, makes his triumphant return to the genre that earned him a place in the Hall of Fame and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Shroud of the Avatar is the first installment of Richard’s new vision and represents the reinvention of the classic, fantasy role-playing which he pioneered. A fantasy role-playing game that will focus more on player choices and discovery than on level grinding.

Richard Garriott guided the Ultima Series from its inception in 1980, through the “trilogy-of-trilogies” of solo player games and later, the highly successful Ultima Online. Under his leadership, RPG’s evolved from simple dungeon crawls to immersive worlds where you could easily suspend your disbelief. You cared about the world and its people, and you cared about the actions and deeds you accomplished within that world.”

For people (like myself) who hate ‘grinding’ the game takes a different approach “most every other RPG has focused more on level grinding than on “role playing”, which has been reduced to a few initial character choices. While advancements in graphics and sound have been phenomenal, in many ways the virtual worlds we play in have become less real. Less open. Less immersive.”

Kitguru says: What are you waiting for, head over and support the game !

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