From the shadows, a voice whispered in Lord British's ear. It said, "If you build it, they will come."
Good news, Ultima fans! The spiritual successor to the franchise you invested so much of your time has been successfully funded on Kickstarter. Not that there was any doubt whatsoever that Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues (SotA) would receive the necessary funding to move forward, the only question being how much money would Lord British and company have to work with. The answer? Nearly twice as much as they were seeking.
With a little help (and a lot of cash) from nostalgiac gamers, Lord British will hop back into the RPG saddle.
It's been a long time since I played an Ultima game. In fact, Ultima VI: The False Prophet was the last in the franchise that I logged any significant time with (anyone remember typing in "spam spam spam humbug" to access the cheat menu?), though there have been several follow-up titles since then. A series of events led Ultima creator Richard Garriott to sell the rights of the franchise to Electronic Arts and ultimately separate himself from the company, though not from the world of RPGs. Provided his Kickstarter campaign can raise $1 million -- and it likely will -- the man known as Lord British will again look to shake up the RPG universe.
Well this stinks. Earlier this week it was being reported that Lord British himself (aka Richard Garriott) was having "discussions at very high levels with Electronics Arts" about access to the Ultima property. That tidbit popped up on Eurogamer, and if you're an Ultima fan, the thought of Garriott taking the reigns of Ultima Online would have been a sweet holiday surprise. The only problem is, no such discussions took place, at least not recently.