Wasn’t I just talking about remakes? Here comes another.
The Lord British countdown has completed, and his announcement has been made.
Technically not a remake I suppose, as Lord British sold all the rights to his Ultima work to Electronic Arts for a dump truck full of money. So now, his fondness for EA aside, he has to do a remake under a new name, Shroud of the Avatar.
Of course, he will be up against another avatar.
EA’s remake of the Ultima games… or Ultima IV specifically I guess… is Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar.
EA has their budget battling with their inherent corporate limitations, while Lord British has his reputation which comes up hard against the “what have you done lately?” question that plagues so many early bloomers.
Still, I have no doubt that Lord British will meet his Kickstarter goal based on reputation alone. He is asking for… say it all together now… ONE MILLION DOLLARS… in order to make his new game. He doesn’t have any stretch goals yet, but for a $10,000 donation you can get a rare copy of Akalabeth and a visit to his home.
How this both multiplayer online AND offline single player game develops will be interesting to watch, which I plan to do from the sidelines.
It will also be interesting to compare how this plays out with what Mark Jacobs is up to with Camelot Unchained.
Lord British is going with the announcement and Kickstarter launch on the same day, while the wily Mr. Jacobs is building up slowly to a Kickstarter campaign by building a lot of ground work around his plans. Lord British probably has more name recognition, so perhaps felt he didn’t need to get people ready in advance. We shall see.
Will you be donating to either, or both, of these games?
A more detailed description, interview, and vanity post about the game and its history, where the word “innovation” is thrown around, is available on VentureBeat.
Maybe the best reaction I saw on Twitter… from Jeff Green of course.