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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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2. Re: Lord British to Return? Jan 1, 2009, 12:59 The Half Elf
 
I have to wonder what's it's really like working at/for NCSoft. Auto Assault and even TR have had 'decent' subscriber numbers, with City of Heroes being the 'top dog' for the company, but Cryptic got out from under them, and both AA and TR have been/will be canceled soon... are they trying to pull in a niche MMO game and wanting WoW subscriber numbers or what?

As for medieval fantasy... I don't think he could succeed in it at the moment. You have WoW, WAR, and even Age of Conan, along with Sony's Everquests and Vanguard filling that space. Is there really room for another one?
Plus you have Champions Online, DC Universe Online coming in the comic MMO genre, Star Trek online and The Old Republic filling the Sci-Fi genre.

If anything he should look at going towards a Hellgate London sort of game with NO subscription base, with some sorta community online sharing sorta thing like Spore. Not sure exactly how it would work, but he seems like is/was a creative sorta guy.

Best of luck Lord B.
 
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