A Founding Father of Videogame RPG has something new in the works

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#1 Posted by 190586385885857957282413308806 (13084 posts) -

Lord Richard Garriot Tweets that he's working on a new, larger RPG.

For those of you who don't know who this is, it's the man that created the Ultima Series.

#2 Posted by rragnaar (27023 posts) -
That guy is awesome. I can't wait to see what he is cooking up. It isn't every day that you get a bona-fide spaceman working on a video game.
#3 Posted by Metamania (12018 posts) -

Ultima is a series I've never gotten into, but they were always interesting to read about.

Last one I played was on the Gameboy...I think it was called Ultima...Runes Of Virtue? Vague memories with it, since I didn't have enough time on it, but it was interesting.

#4 Posted by Luxen90 (7427 posts) -
I hope it's not a mmo this time.
#5 Posted by UpInFlames (13279 posts) -

Ultima will forever remain his legacy as one of the most important games ever made, but I'm not sure he can make a modern single-player RPG (he hasn't made one for about 20 years). If it's an MMO, then meh.

#6 Posted by GodModeEnabled (15314 posts) -

Ultima will forever remain his legacy as one of the most important games ever made, but I'm not sure he can make a modern single-player RPG (he hasn't made one for about 20 years). If it's an MMO, then meh.

UpInFlames
Agreed. The man is important, and his contributions to our hobby have been immense, so im interested in the possibility of what he can come up with. However im not really expecting it to be anything id like either. We'll see.
#8 Posted by TJORLY (3298 posts) -

Better not be a goddamn MMO.

#9 Posted by Black_Knight_00 (18519 posts) -
Please don't be an mmorpg... please don't be an mmorpg... please don't be an mmorpg... please don't be an mmorpg...
#10 Posted by CarnageHeart (18316 posts) -

The first few Ultimas were amazing, but the series died for a reason (the last two games were atrocities). I'm not optimistic about Garriott's return.

#12 Posted by Setho10 (3174 posts) -

The first few Ultimas were amazing, but the series died for a reason (the last two games were atrocities). I'm not optimistic about Garriott's return.

CarnageHeart

Well Garriot wasn't really at fault in those cases. EA forced major changes in the games so much that Garriot quit and Origin was shut down. The last great one was VII which was the last before the company was bought by EA. Garriot publicly denounced EA and what they did to Ultima. His version of Ultima VIII and IX were very different than what EA eventually forced them to release. If Garriot could be brought back to the modern EA then I could see some beauty come of that.

#13 Posted by airshocker (29904 posts) -

This made my day.

I'm hoping it'll be a fantasy MMORPG, but I'll settle for anything at the moment. Except a JRPG. I won't touch those.

#14 Posted by King9999 (11835 posts) -

Lord Richard Garriot Tweets that he's working on a new, larger RPG.

For those of you who don't know who this is, it's the man that created the Ultima Series.

smerlus

It's "Lord British" Richard Garriot. Get it right. :P

The only Ultima game I've played is Ultima IV, and I thought that game was very good. It was the first RPG I've played where your actions had consequences.

#15 Posted by GodModeEnabled (15314 posts) -
Although I was young when playing them I remember the Ultima games being ridiculously hard and never finishing a single one of them.
#16 Posted by 190586385885857957282413308806 (13084 posts) -
[QUOTE="King9999"]

It's "Lord British" Richard Garriot. Get it right. :P

You're right. I was in a hurry and I butchered his name.
Although I was young when playing them I remember the Ultima games being ridiculously hard and never finishing a single one of them.GodModeEnabled
They were definitely more difficult than most games out at the time. i remember starting off and easily getting my ass kicked by homeless people and kids for starting fights with them. also in a time where games like Mario Brothers, Duck Hunt, Pac-Man are around...offering the freedom to attack random homeless people is very tempting. You might have heard me tell this story before but the Ultima games got me into video game RPG's. I remember being good through most of the game and coming to a new town, i donated some spare change to a beggar only to go to a shop and notice i'm short for a sword i wanted and that if i didn't hand away that money i would have been good. I went back to the homeless guy and killled him for my money. That kind of choice was unheard of back then.
#17 Posted by Black_Knight_00 (18519 posts) -

[QUOTE="smerlus"]

Lord Richard Garriot Tweets that he's working on a new, larger RPG.

For those of you who don't know who this is, it's the man that created the Ultima Series.

King9999

It's "Lord British" Richard Garriot. Get it right. :P

The Lord of the Nerds ;)
#18 Posted by testfactor888 (7157 posts) -

This made my day.

I'm hoping it'll be a fantasy MMORPG, but I'll settle for anything at the moment. Except a JRPG. I won't touch those.

airshocker
You are missing out on some really good RPG's by not touching JRPG's but to each his own
#19 Posted by Valek1394 (365 posts) -

This is AWESOME! ....but I too have to add: It better not be an mmo

#20 Posted by GodModeEnabled (15314 posts) -
You might have heard me tell this story before but the Ultima games got me into video game RPG's. I remember being good through most of the game and coming to a new town, i donated some spare change to a beggar only to go to a shop and notice i'm short for a sword i wanted and that if i didn't hand away that money i would have been good. I went back to the homeless guy and killled him for my money. That kind of choice was unheard of back then.smerlus
Nope, never heard that before thats pretty cool. I remember playing scattered ones ... like one or two of them on the NES and one or two on the SNES but I could just never get into them. I hate games thats make you collect regents for spellcasting and alchemy and crap.... I just cant get into that kinda stuff, which is why I skipped playing The Witcher too. I do remember some cool stuff from the game, like the virtue/sin system stuff they had in one game but I guess I was just too young to really get into them. Instead I fall into the cliche camp of Dragonwarrior/Final Fantasy geting me really into rpgs.
#21 Posted by airshocker (29904 posts) -

You are missing out on some really good RPG's by not touching JRPG's but to each his owntestfactor888

Every single JRPG I've tried has been ridiculous and childish. They cater to a specific playerbase that I'm not a part of. If that's your thing, awesome. It's not mine.

#22 Posted by testfactor888 (7157 posts) -

[QUOTE="testfactor888"]You are missing out on some really good RPG's by not touching JRPG's but to each his ownairshocker

Every single JRPG I've tried has been ridiculous and childish. They cater to a specific playerbase that I'm not a part of. If that's your thing, awesome. It's not mine.

So you like everything to have guns and extreme violence I assume. Could be wrong though on that mark. Chrono Trigger, Persona, Final Fantasy. Those are just a small small small tip of the iceberg on how many JRPG's are out there but I would hardly call any of them childish at all in general. If you want to ignore some of the best RPG's out there than that is your choice of course. Western RPGs are good as well as I love The Witcher, Mass Effect, and a few others I am sure that I can't think of right now. As I said though originally to each his own. I just get the distinct feeling that you haven't really given the genre any actual try and probably just played 1-2 games. I would even consider Legend of Zelda a JRPG. Not a Zelda fan?
#23 Posted by airshocker (29904 posts) -

So you like everything to have guns and extreme violence I assume. Could be wrong though on that mark. Chrono Trigger, Persona, Final Fantasy. Those are just a small small small tip of the iceberg on how many JRPG's are out there but I would hardly call any of them childish at all in general. If you want to ignore some of the best RPG's out there than that is your choice of course. Western RPGs are good as well as I love The Witcher, Mass Effect, and a few others I am sure that I can't think of right now. As I said though originally to each his own. I just get the distinct feeling that you haven't really given the genre any actual try and probably just played 1-2 games. I would even consider Legend of Zelda a JRPG. Not a Zelda fan?testfactor888

You are wrong, I'm actually a much bigger fan of the fantasy genre. Violence doesn't factor into my purchases at all.

From the get-go, most JRPGs that adopt the anime style of graphics scream children's game to me. It's great for people who do enjoy anime, but for the average RPG enthusiast...well, let's just say I don't like girls who look---and sound---like they're five having any significant role in the games I play.

Another huge turn off for me is turn-based combat that games like Final Fantasy use. Can't stand it. I don't mind turn-based, so long as I don't have to think too much about it. Turn-based games like KOTOR and NWN don't bother me.

If you were to list a couple that I might like(for the 360, PS3 or PC) I would give them a try.

#24 Posted by UT_Wrestler (16378 posts) -
Garriott was one of the great innovators in the early days of gaming, but he hasn't evolved with the times. Can anyone actually name a game of his you've played in that was made in the last 15-20 years?
#25 Posted by airshocker (29904 posts) -

Garriott was one of the great innovators in the early days of gaming, but he hasn't evolved with the times. Can anyone actually name a game of his you've played in that was made in the last 15-20 years?UT_Wrestler

I played Ultima before Everquest. That was almost 15 years ago.

Edit: But I don't think you were referring to me. :P

#26 Posted by UpInFlames (13279 posts) -

[QUOTE="smerlus"]You might have heard me tell this story before but the Ultima games got me into video game RPG's. I remember being good through most of the game and coming to a new town, i donated some spare change to a beggar only to go to a shop and notice i'm short for a sword i wanted and that if i didn't hand away that money i would have been good. I went back to the homeless guy and killled him for my money. That kind of choice was unheard of back then.GodModeEnabled
Nope, never heard that before thats pretty cool. I remember playing scattered ones ... like one or two of them on the NES and one or two on the SNES but I could just never get into them. I hate games thats make you collect regents for spellcasting and alchemy and crap.... I just cant get into that kinda stuff, which is why I skipped playing The Witcher too. I do remember some cool stuff from the game, like the virtue/sin system stuff they had in one game but I guess I was just too young to really get into them. Instead I fall into the cliche camp of Dragonwarrior/Final Fantasy geting me really into rpgs.

Yeah, you were always just a big console gamer. :P

#27 Posted by 190586385885857957282413308806 (13084 posts) -
Garriott was one of the great innovators in the early days of gaming, but he hasn't evolved with the times. Can anyone actually name a game of his you've played in that was made in the last 15-20 years?UT_Wrestler
like a lot of people pointed out, he seemed to have moved on to MMORPG's. so yes i've played City of Heroes and he had his hand in that.
#28 Posted by edinsftw (4238 posts) -

I had loved the ultima series :)

#29 Posted by GodModeEnabled (15314 posts) -

[QUOTE="GodModeEnabled"][QUOTE="smerlus"]You might have heard me tell this story before but the Ultima games got me into video game RPG's. I remember being good through most of the game and coming to a new town, i donated some spare change to a beggar only to go to a shop and notice i'm short for a sword i wanted and that if i didn't hand away that money i would have been good. I went back to the homeless guy and killled him for my money. That kind of choice was unheard of back then.UpInFlames

Nope, never heard that before thats pretty cool. I remember playing scattered ones ... like one or two of them on the NES and one or two on the SNES but I could just never get into them. I hate games thats make you collect regents for spellcasting and alchemy and crap.... I just cant get into that kinda stuff, which is why I skipped playing The Witcher too. I do remember some cool stuff from the game, like the virtue/sin system stuff they had in one game but I guess I was just too young to really get into them. Instead I fall into the cliche camp of Dragonwarrior/Final Fantasy geting me really into rpgs.

Yeah, you were always just a big console gamer. :P

I didnt really get into PC gaming until Doom hit, and after that I was hooked. We never had a computer in our house back then unless you want to count the commodore 64....which was more like its own kinda console thing. I remember when PCs first started becoming household items, IBM was THE brand to get and a 486 processor was top of the line hahaha. I remember how excited we were to finally have a family computer and games like Doom and Kings Field and Microsoft flight simulator (which I always sucked at) This was also back around the same time the internet came around roughly...... if I remember correctly. Before getting our own family computer I used to constantly be over at a friends house playing on his hahaha, I remember us staying up to like 4 in the morning beating Kings Field IV. His dad challenged us to beat the game in one day (he was a huge adventure game guru/enthusiast) and although we got stuck several times trying to figure out some hard parts we managed to do it. Good times.