Otherside Entertainment has announced that they are launching a successor to the Ultima Underworld fantasy RPG series, which first made its appearance on DOS platforms back in the early 1990’s. The small development studio, lead by Paul Neurath, will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on February 4th to get fans involved with the development process of the successor: Underworld Ascendant.
Paul Neurath himself is regarded as a veteran game designer and a creative director, who has worked on System Shock 2, Thief series, amongst other less-known titles. Otherside Entertainment also boasts an impressive roster of developers who have worked on such games as Bioshock Infinite, Deus Ex, and the original Ultima Underworld series itself.
So what’s so great about the original Ultima Underworld? Well the game was arguably the first immersive 1st person RPG ever created, however the game faded into obscurity in the 90’s due to it being so unlike any other title in its day. Despite this, Ultima Underworld is credited as being the influence behind many modern first-person games that center on immersion, such as Skyrim, Bioshock, Deus Ex and more.
Paul Neurath has said his team will “rekindle the classic” while “pushing forward with innovations”, but they can’t do it without the help of fans. Otherside Entertainment want the fans to be a part of the development process through the likes of Kickstarter, and to join them on the wild game-making adventure.
Check out the main website for Underworld Ascendant here, and keep your eye out for the Kickstarter campaign launching February 4th.
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