is underway, looking to raise at least $600,000 to develop
, a new game following in the footsteps of Ultima
Underworld. This proposal comes from OtherSide Entertainment, a new developer
composed of veterans of Looking Glass Studios, developers of the original 1992
role-playing game and its 1993 sequel. There are details on the project and a
a look at the new game and the original featuring Paul Neurath and Tim Stellmach
of OtherSide, as well as RPG legend Richard "Lord British" Garriott. If you are
interested in this, they are holding a
at noon EST today and will be live streaming
at 4:00 pm EST. Here's a bit on
Far more than a dungeon crawl, Underworld Ascendant is a
next-generation sequel to the legendary fantasy RPG's Ultima Underworld & Ultima
Underworld 2. It not only modernizes the series' visuals and user interface to
take full advantage of the today's powerful PC's, it innovates in bold new ways.
THE UNDERWORLD AS A CHARACTER
No other game has such a vivid imagining of an underground fantasy realm as
Underworld Ascendant. The Stygian Abyss is a vast world unto itself…
- Plunder ancient temples, navigate subterranean
rivers, gaze in wonder at the masterwork of jade dwarven halls, scale
plunging ice caverns, trek through enchanted forests of giant mushrooms,
dare shadowy tombs of the undead, and much more.
- Alive with bustling underground societies:
enclaves of human renegades scavenging for survival, villages of the
mysterious shambler 'mushroom people' performing arcane rituals, dwarven
factories producing the finest arms and armor.
- Face monstrous creatures like the ripper, a
vicious, ambulatory plant whose bark is prized by The Stygian Abyss'
intelligent races; stay clear of mass migrations of ravenous rotworms; dodge
the giant spider's sticky webs it casts through the air.
- Alter the environment to your advantage. Flood an
arid plain to help the damp-loving shamblers expand their territory, gaining
their favor.Changes you make can ripple across the game's reactive,
ever-changing ecology, producing startlingly unpredictable results.
The Stygian Abyss makes the typical fantasy game's above-ground assortment of
medieval towns and wilderness seem stale by comparison.
A DYNAMIC, PLAYER-DRIVEN NARRATIVE
Get drawn into an epic story with ties to the original Ultima Underworld games.
Play as The Avatar, a human newly arrived from our earth through a mystical Rune
Gate. As a "stranger in a strange land" you will…
- Meet shrewd characters, with their own motivations
and agendas. Some may be swayed to your cause, while others may manipulate
- Encounter rugged dwarf frontiersmen, fierce dark
elf renegades, and strangely alien shamblers. Each faction holds a valid
claim to The Stygian Abyss. Which side will you join? Will you unite, or
- Entangle yourself in a tale of intrigue and
conflict as three fierce, rival factions struggle for control. Your choices
will determine the ultimate fate of The Stygian Abyss.