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Another famous Origin series is getting a new spiritual successor thanks to Kickstarter. Underworld Ascension was first announced last summer, and the team has spent about half a year doing initial planning on the game to ensure a successful crowdfunding campaign. The team behind the new game is led by designer Paul Neurath and others who were involved in the original. They're more than half way to a $600,000 funding goal in less than a week, so prospects look good.
The original Ultima Underworld was released in 1992. Players and critics were blown away by this innovative take on a fantasy RPG. It was the first game to have a texture mapped first-person 3D world, pioneering the category of immersive games. Beyond its cutting-edge visuals, it heralded an era of sandbox, dynamic play, giving players the tools to craft their own stories. Far more than simple dungeon crawls, Ultima Underworld and the 1993 sequel Ultima Underworld II, were fully-realized worlds.

Far more than a dungeon crawl, Underworld Ascendant is a next-generation sequel to the legendary fantasy RPG's Ultima Underworld & Ultima Underworld 2. It not only modernizes the series' visuals and user interface to take full advantage of the today's powerful PC's, it innovates in bold new ways.

Ben "Bandit (LOAF)" Lesnick and James Pugh have conducted this awesome interview with Neurath, Starr Long and Richard Garriott about the project and their time at Origin.
We also only recently discovered this fun Kilrathi-themed easter egg in the Stygian Abyss.

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