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The Return of Lord British

Gamasutra has word from SXSW that Richard Garriott is pitching a Lord British social game at the conference. Details are scant for now, as he is in a fundraising stage seeking $3.8 million in investments, but they do have this on what to expect:

Lord British's New Britannia (working title) will be a social networking game built around Garriott's famous alter ego, which he wholly owns - as opposed to the Ultima universe, which Electronic Arts has the rights to.

The title is set to come out after the second quarter release of Ultimate Collector, the company's first original game, which will take the form of a social network game paired with a television show hosted by Garriott, the pilot for which has already been shot.

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15. Re: The Return of Lord British Mar 15, 2011, 17:39 JoeNapalm
 
CommunistHamster wrote on Mar 15, 2011, 06:51:
Look, he's made several great games and amassed enough money to go to space. I think he should retire now for about 5 years.

I think he spent the bulk of his fortune to get the Russians to let him go up to the Big Dark.

Of course, if UO2 had seen the light of day...

-Jn-
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14. Re: The Return of Lord British Mar 15, 2011, 10:09 wtf_man
 
Aganazer wrote on Mar 15, 2011, 09:56:
I have confirmation from Richard himself that the MMOG he is working on is the spiritual successor to Ultima Online. I don't want to get my hopes up too much, but Richard has proven that he is good at making great top down CRPG and UO was essentially the evolution of that type of game. As along as he is working on what he is good at (as opposed to a sci-fi shooter) then it might turn out awesome.

While I somewhat agree, Ultima IX and Tabula Rasa were horrid games.

Here's the thing though... Richard Garriot was commissioned to do a game for NC Soft long before Linage II was released in 2003. So, it started around 2001 and was released in 2007. 6 years... and resulted in the piece of shit that was known as Tabula Rasa.

That's a hell of a lot of money and time to waste for what the result was.

NC Soft fired Garriot... but he won a lawsuit for wrongful termination (on technicalities, IMO)... and NC Soft is appealing.

So... again... I ask... who would be stupid enough to give this guy any cash for a game after Tabula Rasa?
(Or even Ultima IX? The guy has clearly lost his way when it comes to transitioning into modern games)
 
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13. Re: The Return of Lord British Mar 15, 2011, 09:56 Aganazer
 
I have confirmation from Richard himself that the MMOG he is working on is the spiritual successor to Ultima Online. I don't want to get my hopes up too much, but Richard has proven that he is good at making great top down CRPG and UO was essentially the evolution of that type of game. As along as he is working on what he is good at (as opposed to a sci-fi shooter) then it might turn out awesome.  
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12. Re: The Return of Lord British Mar 15, 2011, 08:05 Gymper
 
Doesn't one already exist?

http://www.lordofultima.com/en/
 
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11. Re: The Return of Lord British Mar 15, 2011, 06:51 CommunistHamster
 
Look, he's made several great games and amassed enough money to go to space. I think he should retire now for about 5 years.  
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10. Re: The Return of Lord British Mar 15, 2011, 05:01 Asmo
 
Fallen along way from some of the hardest of the hardcore games ever built...  
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9. Re: The Return of Lord British Mar 15, 2011, 04:47 Zoom
 
I guess he had taxes to pay or something. Oh look, yet another social casual "game". Raise funds, spend a fraction of them in yet another horrid piece of crap mobile app game thing, cash in what is left and pay the due taxes or whatever investment failed for him to compromise his name that way.  
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8. Re: The Return of Lord British Mar 15, 2011, 01:38 El Pit
 
Anonymous wrote on Mar 14, 2011, 23:40:
Isn't Britannia copyrighted Ultima IP?

I don't think Great Britain reserved all rights to it, so Lord British is free to use it. Rule, Britannia!

Social Networking Game? Ultima Online is sort of that, just without the tv show.
 
Consoles? I owned two: a Pong clone and an Atari 2600. And that's it.
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7. Re: The Return of Lord British Mar 15, 2011, 00:26 Silicon Avatar
 
I'm a big fan of Ultima 5-7 but I don't feel good about this.
 
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6. Re: The Return of Lord British Mar 15, 2011, 00:14 Creston
 
Sigh.

/fond memories of Ultima.
//we'll never see its likes again.

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5. Re: The Return of Lord British Mar 14, 2011, 23:40 Lit_Reflex001
 
Isn't Britannia copyrighted Ultima IP?  
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4. Re: The Return of Lord British Mar 14, 2011, 22:58 wtf_man
 
After Tabula Rasa... who would be stupid enough to give that guy any cash for a game???  
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3. Re: The Return of Lord British Mar 14, 2011, 22:45 Bill Borre
 
The Richard you knew no longer exists.  
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2. Re: The Return of Lord British Mar 14, 2011, 21:36 JohnBirshire
 
I'm a huge fan of Richard Garriott after having bought and played early Ultima games, but I couldn't help but think "WTF?!" as I was reading this.  
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1. Re: The Return of Lord British Mar 14, 2011, 21:21 Kxmode
 
New Britannia is fancy speak for "Checkers" with Lord British. "Dost thou wish to king thy checker good sir?"

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