NCsoft announces that Tabula Rasa is in stores, and the blank-slate MMORPG from
Ultima creator Richard Garriott is now live. There's an article-format Q&A with
Garriott on the New York Times
discussing the launch and there's also
a Q&A with UI designer Christofer Strasz on GamingHeaven
. The announcement
came yesterday (a day early) so here is an excerpt, carefully aged for
AUSTIN, Texas, November 1, 2007— NCsoft®, the world’s leading
developer and publisher of online computer games, announced today that Richard
Garriott’s Tabula Rasa®, a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game for the PC
where players are thrust into an exciting intergalactic struggle, launches
commercial service in North America and Europe on November 2, 2007.
“Now the fun begins! I can’t wait to join thousands of other players in this
exciting galactic war,” said Richard Garriott, the game’s executive producer.
“It is time for us to release Tabula Rasa to the players. I am eager to see
player reaction to the game, and am ready to build on what we’ve started here.
We’ve got plans for new features and expansions for the foreseeable future and
I’m hoping the players will enjoy the game and get excited about what’s in store
for them next!”
Tabula Rasa, one of the most anticipated PC titles of the year, is the vision of
gaming legend Richard Garriott. The game combines a rich game world and deep
storyline with military combat and fast paced action. Set in a near-future
science fiction backdrop, players must fight to save humanity against hostile
alien enemies trying to gain control of the universe.
The game introduces several innovative elements to massively multiplayer online
games, including a Character Cloning System™ that allows players to explore
different character classes without having to create a new character, and
dynamic battlefields where players feel the frenetic action of combat in an
The standard edition box of Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa will be available at
major online retailers at an expected retail price of $49.99 and at the PlayNC®
Customers will be able to purchase the Limited Collector’s Edition box from
major retailers at an expected retail price of $69.99. Both products include the
first month of online game play. After the first month, players will be charged
a monthly subscription fee of US$14.99. Sixty-day game time cards will also be
available at many North American retailers for an expected retail price of
US$29.99. The game is rated Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.
For more information about Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa go to
http://www.rgtr.com. For more information
about the Limited Collector’s Edition go to
http://www.plaync.com/us/news/2007/08/ncsoft_reveals_2.html. For more
information regarding NCsoft’s relationship with Dell go to