Hot off the press, OtherSide Entertainment has just announced they will be rebooting an all time classic RPG, Ultima Underworld for more modern systems. Titled, Underworld Ascension, the developers will be bringing back the classic with some of the original team from the original franchise and headed by the original Underworld designer Paul Neurath. This is pretty incredible news as Ultima Underworld was an all time classic Dungeon Crawling RPG released in the early 90's that was cited as the first role-playing game to feature first-person action in a 3D environment.
The original classic!
As of yet we don't know much about the latest release but the following announcement below is direct from the developers :
July 1st, 2014 – Boston, USA – OtherSide Entertainment, a new independent games studio, today announced its formation. Fronted by game pioneer Paul Neurath, OtherSide Entertainment revealed that its first title, Underworld Ascension™, will mark the return of the groundbreaking and long fallow Underworld franchise.
Paul Neurath, Founder and CEO of OtherSide Entertainment, is renowned for his creative direction spanning three decades, notably leading the development of such classic franchises as Thief™, System Shock™ and the acclaimed Ultima™Underworld.
Underworld Ascension marks both the series and Paul Neurath’s return to his RPG roots, with OtherSide Entertainment aiming to innovate and revitalize the fantasy genre in the same way that its predecessor did in 1992. “With Underworld Ascension,” said Neurath, “we are excited to be bringing back the Underworld franchise, making it more vital than ever before.”
The original Underworlds transformed the traditional dungeon crawl into a truly immersive experience. Players felt as if they were actually walking through the great underworld halls; and encountering a living community of underworld dwellers.
Ultima Underworld inspired a generation, and its influence is still seen today in titles as diverse as Deus Ex™, The Elder Scrolls™, andBioShock™.
OtherSide Entertainment will reveal more details on Underworld Ascension in the months to come
See website for further details, I can't wait!