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Garriott coming back to gaming?

January 9, 2009

Garriott coming back to gaming?

That may be the case if a recent interview is any indication

If a BBC interview is any indication, that may well be the case. In a story from the BBC's website that focused on the year past as it pertains to what may lay ahead for the gaming industry, Richard Garriott - arguably the architect behind modern MMOs, with the concept of Ultima, and RPGs, go back to Ultima again - is considering a return to the video-game industry.

Garriott took time off from gaming to live on the Russian space station, and then spent three months in quarantine thereafter. In that time, it was announced he was leaving NCsoft and gaming. During the time in quarantine, Garriott has had time to think about his next steps in the world. The interview, in part, quoted Garriott as saying: "After 25 years at Origin, the last thing I wanted to make was yet another medieval fantasy game. Now, after a very interesting break, I'm keen to get back into the fray and work on a new game. Probably medieval fantasy and probably online; there's something very powerful about getting people together."

Garriott's first published title was Akalabeth in 1980, followed shortly thereafter by the first Ultima game. Other games he has worked on as a director, producer, executive designer or producer, included Lineage II, City of Heroes/Villains, and Tabula Rasa.

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