In an absolutely epic Facebook post, Lord British has begun to talk about his “Ultimate RPG”. There isn’t a title for it yet, it may be Akalabeth or New Britannia or something else, but Garriott has begun to tease us on the spiritual return of Ultima. His post is an amazing history lesson of the entire Ultima series from the beginning to Ultima Online, and is a must read for anyone who is unfamiliar with one of the most beloved game series of all time. His new Ultima should get fans of the originals excited, based on his early ideas:
Here is what I feel is safe to say: Lord Britishâ€™s Ultimate Role Playing Game, which may be called â€œAkalabethâ€ or may be called â€œNew Britanniaâ€ or may be called â€œa name I cannot yet say as it describes the setting I am considering and think I should keep secret at least until I know if itâ€™s likely true,â€ will be an Ultimate RPG. You will have customized Avatar homesteads and real roles to play in a deep, beautifully realized highly interactive virtual world. It will have virtues and the heroâ€™s journey reflected back to the player. It will have the best of synchronous and asynchronous features in use. Fiction will support your arrival from earth into this new world. I even hope to make maps, coins and other trinkets available to players of the game.
But, please be understanding. It took 25 years to craft all the detail in Ultima. The new world will start smaller, thinner and lighter. It will have fewer features than some or most MMOs. Critical elements of the story I have just told may be missing upon launch. But fear not, this is where we are headed. Come play with us in the brave new world. Help us grow it. Teach us about what you have learned in your years of playing. Invite in your new friends who are new to gaming. They will be a new spirit and provide new ideas about what to do. They will likely not tolerate bad instructions, bad interface or huge upfront fees, which is a good thing! We will teach and learn from them as well.
I just hope we won’t have to wait too long for this. Ultima has been away for far too long, and to see Lord British passionate about this sort of game again is very exciting.