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Lord British to Return?

Looking back to the future of fun on BBC News has quotes from some game developers about the way 2008 turned out. One of their respondents is Richard Garriott, the designer cum-astronaut who parted ways with NCsoft earlier this year, saying he was leaving to pursue "some new interests" inspired by his trip to outer space (thanks Wired). Either he meant "old interests" when he said "new interests," or he has changed his mind, because it sounds like he is considering trading in his general's stars for another set of whatever it is lords wear to symbolize their lordships, and returning to fantasy game design. He also praises Blizzard, rather than ex-colleagues NCsoft, for their MMOG prowess:

If I had to pick a developer who has done a bang up job, it would be Blizzard [the development team behind World of Warcraft]. The number of people they have converted is just amazing. They have shown all of us what good game development is all about.

After 25 years at Origin, the last thing I wanted to make was yet another medieval fantasy game. Now, after a very interesting break, I'm keen to get back into the fray and work on a new game. Probably medieval fantasy and probably online; there's something very powerful about getting people together."

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8. Re: Lord British to Return? Jan 1, 2009, 15:30 osage no onna
 
well that was a quick return to game designing after he officially announced he was done with games. It was what, 2 months max?

'Leaving to pursue other interests' sounds better than 'bailing from a sinking ship*', that's probably all it was.

*(TR, not NCSoft)

Edit: Too bad about the medieval fantasy bit, by the way. If it has to be an MMO, I think Martian Dreams Online might be interesting.

This comment was edited on Jan 1, 2009, 15:32.
 
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