In 1992, Looking Glass Studios released Ultima Underworld. It was the first RPG to feature a first-person perspective in a 3D environment, and would go on to influence a generation of developers, many of whom would work on Thief, System Shock, Bioshock and Dishonored.
And now, 23 years after the original’s release, creator Paul Neurath is returning to the franchise with Underworld Ascendant.
“Our goal is to retain what was great about the original,” Neurath told IGN. “We’re pretty convinced it will play as well today as it did 20 years ago. That deep immersion, that sense that you’re there, the fun in exploring with that sandbox gameplay and RPG nature of the game.”
Ascendant was originally called Underworld Ascension, but Otherside Entertainment subsequently changed the moniker. The team is launching a Kickstarter campaign on Feb. 4, with a $1 million base goal, and extensive stretch goals for subsequent funding. Neurath couldn’t go into too much detail about the gameplay yet, but did say there will be opportunities for the player to maneuver between political factions in the living world that was created in 1992.
Dropbox has snapped up CloudOn, a cloud-based Microsoft Office document editing application. The company said in a blog post announcing the deal that its more than 30 employees will be joining the Dropbox team and confirmed shutting down the service on March 15, 2015.
Tera: Rising is set to get new dungeons, guild housing and even a new class in 2015 according to a fresh producer’s letter.
The blog post reveals a Skycastle guild hall will be available for the top-ranking PvP and PvE guilds at the end of the season, which you’ll then be able to fly to using your own Pegasus master. Alongside this, a new instance called Sky Cruiser Endeavour will arrive with both normal and hard modes in tow.
You’ll also be able to “awaken” your gear, enchanting it to +15 when all this arrives before the end of February. The standard array of balance and bug fixes will be accompanied by a 5v5 version of Champions’ Skyring too.
Golf used to be an old man’s sport, or at least a rich man’s game. Recently, the sport has become more popular with younger players. Once virtual golf took off, fans of all ages are able to take a swing or two. Thanks to video game golfing, players can now travel all over the world, and even the universe, to play.
Wizard Golf RPG takes the concept of golfing virtually anywhere and places it in medieval times. However, it is so much more than golfing. Players are faced with all manner of dungeon creatures as they try for a hole-in-one. We’ve got a full game review of Wizard Golf RPG for you today…. Read the rest of this post here
Bloomberg has published an interview with Jean-Claude Biver, who is head of the Swiss time piece company TAG Heuer, discussing the state of the Swiss watch industry following the announcement of the Apple Watch and the impending flood of smartwatches. Surprisingly, Biver said he’ll be among the customers who will be purchasing an Apple Watch. … Read the rest of this post here