Why the Creator of Ultima Stopped Playing Pokemon Go

Richard Garriott drops out--and explains why.


Ultima creator Richard Garriott no longer plays Pokemon Go.

Asked on Twitter to explain why he quit the popular free-to-play game, Garriott said there are a number of reasons, including the game's "grind" and a lack of compelling content.

Garriott might have left Pokemon Go, but the game remains popular. A recent report claimed it still brings in $2 million every day from its microtransactions. Another report said it made $600 million in its first 90 days; no game has ever made that much, that quickly.

Pokemon Go's first in-game event, one themed around Halloween, is going on right now. Following the launch of this promotion, Pokemon Go shot back up the Top-Grossing charts.

Looking ahead, Niantic has teased new features in the works for Pokemon Go, including possibly a multiplayer battle mode. The developer launched Pokemon Go in July with a smaller set of features so as to note confuse newcomers, the company has suggested.

Garriott's current project is the crowdfunded RPG Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues for PC.

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