Underworld Series Making its Triumphant Return with Underworld AscensionCategory: Gaming
Posted: July 1, 2014 12:49PM
Depending on your age, you may have never played Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss, but if you follow video game history or development, odds are you're at least aware of its existence and impact on the industry. Released in 1992, it's considered the first first-person 3D role-playing game, and is cited as inspiration for The Elder Scrolls, System Shock, Deus Ex, and many more. Legends Richard Garriott and Warren Spector directed and produced the game, respectively, but the real vision of the game came from Paul Neurath, who later went on to lead the development of such classic franchises as Thief and System Shock.
Seemingly out of the business for the past decade, Paul Neurath is back as founder and CEO of brand new, Boston-based indie studio OtherSide Entertainment, with the goal of "bringing to core gamers reboots of classic game franchises." Underworld Ascension is the studio's first title and will mark a return to the Underworld franchise for the first time since 1993's Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds. With Underworld Ascension, OtherSide aims "to innovate and revitalize the fantasy genre in the same way that its predecessor did in 1992."
As of now, Underworld Ascension is only planned for PC, but no release window has been provided. In addition, it's unclear if this new entry in the series will have any ties to Ultima, as Electronic Arts holds the IP rights to that; which may be why the Ultima name is absent this time around.
Source: Press Release