NOTE: Before reading any further, if you ultimately wish to play and sign up ahead of time, you can use my email email@example.com
as a referral. I got in early enough to qualify for certain rewards and can share some of them along to you guys as I progress. The more people I have sign up with my referral, the higher I go. So if you pledge more than $45 and get that slot, please consider entering my address.
Now, I wanted to let you guys know I will be looking into a game this fall. The same guy that developed the Ultima series has come up with this particular game, it is crowd sourced and funded by the players. Here is the website:
You can, of course, find all sorts of data there. Some big concepts:
1. There is an “offline” or campaign mode you can play solo, as well as a MMO concept. You can think of this similarly to things like Halo I guess, with a local campaign and an online option as well, but the map isn't that segmented.
2. The MMO has flags of differing options of who you see when you go online. You can see yourself only, friends, roleplayers, all individuals, or any particular combination of those that you choose.
3. Outside of your purchase ($45 gets you the full game I think) there is no monthly fee. There are a lot of add-ons, but none are necessary to playing. This is the primary way they want to fund the project so they can do what the players ask first and foremost, not a bigger company like Sony.
4. This is still being developed with input coming from those who pledge, so it can grow into something pretty big.
So if you were a fan of the Ultima series, Lord British has described this as the game you've waited 15 years for. Hope to see you there.