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Richard Garriott's Ultimate RPG


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Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32, 2011 Top 16

I saw this article today and after reading it the Ultimate RPG seems to have some development similarities to PFO. I hadn't heard of it before, but was interested since it's from Richard Garriott.

The article doesn't give enough information to determine how similar it will be to PFO, but it sounds like it will have a concurrent design cycle and come out at roughly the same time. It should be interesting how the two games differ since they seem to potentially trying to do the same thing.


Very interesting! I think I have more attachment to PRG than to Ultima right now, but I owe a lot to Ultima 6 for inspiring my interest in all things Fantasy.

(Speaking of, all the old Ultima games are on sale and DRM free right now on GOG.com)


I was very much following Garriott's talk of this for a few months now. That was until I saw that his Ultimate Collector game had anything to do with his vision for an Ultimate RPG.

I do maintain hope. He would not mention Ultima Online, the Ultima series or an 'ultimate' RPG without intending more than a facebook garage sale game...would he?


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Well I was tempted at the sound, until I heard the mention of the words Electronic Arts as the publisher he wants to work with. EA is probably top on the list of companies that I will never do business with. Stories ranging from just bad customer service (selling physical boxed copies of games, before the game is released, but not allowing them to actually be played until the game is released). Random banning of peoples accounts, some for things as simple as, being REPLIED TO by an offensive post on their forums (Not making a post that broke any rules, but the response to it being flagged), and the result of the ban... immediately and permanently deactivating all purchased games, including offline ones.

EA's shady business practices, have given them a permanent stay away from in my book, even if they somehow launched a perfect 100% flawless game, I could not justify giving them one cent of my money. Doubly so if they are planning to distribute via origin.

Also shouldn't this topic be moved to just gaming?


Lulz. Perhaps he will team up with the recently resurfaced Brad McQuaid!

Oooooh! And they can sit around an office discussing how awesome they once were, and keep on telling themselves that they are still relevant, and plot how they will take over the genre with their Vision™.


Moro wrote:

Lulz. Perhaps he will team up with the recently resurfaced Brad McQuaid!

Oooooh! And they can sit around an office discussing how awesome they once were, and keep on telling themselves that they are still relevant, and plot how they will take over the genre with their Vision™.

Hater's gotta hate I guess...


Zesty Mordant wrote:
Moro wrote:

Lulz. Perhaps he will team up with the recently resurfaced Brad McQuaid!

Oooooh! And they can sit around an office discussing how awesome they once were, and keep on telling themselves that they are still relevant, and plot how they will take over the genre with their Vision™.

Hater's gotta hate I guess...

Not particularly, I just find it amusing that they have both recently been dropping hints, and that they share a few things in common...

a penchant for overpromising and underdelivering
egos the size of the state of Alaska
history within the early days of the MMORPG genre
and each of their last projects were huge bombs

I thought it would be neat to daydream.


Yeah, sadly few realize when their visions went from visionary to delusionary.


MicMan wrote:
Yeah, sadly few realize when their visions went from visionary to delusionary.

Since they both launched the genre -- not just created blockbuster titles, they LAUNCHED an entirely new genre -- I would trust that any vision they may have is a good deal more visionary than anyone else's.

It's probably impossible to point to anything specific as evidence that they are currently "delusional", because the negativity and cynicism of sarcastic teenagers on the internet doesn't count. Neither does "I can't imagine how they could do _____" or "that's never been done before!"

Given that these two men were instrumental and unprecedented in their creativity, and given that I still have not found an MMO which could measure up to the magical experiences I enjoyed in EQ1, for example, and given that the technical limitations on MMOs in the late '90s have been almost entirely overcome, it seems rather reasonable to hope for great things from these two men.

The topic of this board is the Pathfinder MMO, though, so maybe what we should be discussing in this thread is how to bring Garriott and McQuaid on board...

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32, 2011 Top 16

I thought it was relevant to PFO since at least at a high level, they sound like they have similarities. As both develop, I thought seeing how they are similar or different would be interesting relative to discussing PFO. And since half the threads on the Pathfinder MMO discuss other MMOs, it seems relevant...if the mods disagree, that's fine too.


Yo Richard, TABULA RASA!

/lol.

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