Underworld Ascendant, from Looking Glass co-founder Paul Neurath, hits Kickstarter

719084 underworld ascendant
Underworld Ascendant, a spiritual successor to the seminal ’90s role-playing game, Ultima Underworld, has hit Kickstarter.

The game was first revealed in 2014 when veteran developer Paul Neurath, co-founder of Looking Glass Studios, announced it as the first project of his new, independent studio, OtherSide Entertainment.

Ultima Underworld was the first project of Looking Glass Studios when it was founded as Blue Sky Productions in 1992. It is considered to be the first RPG with a first-person perspective in a 3D world, setting the precedent for Looking Glass’ own classic games (System Shock, Thief) and everything they influenced (BioShock, Skyrim, etc). It combined the established structure of dungeon crawler games with an impressive (for the time) physics engine and systemic design, leading to forward-thinking emergent gameplay in what the designers described as a “dungeon simulation.”

Although Electronic Arts still holds the rights to the Ultima franchise, Underworld Ascendant will hold strong ties to its forebear, calling its protagonist “The Avatar” and even getting a nod of support in the video from Ultima creator Richard “Lord British” Garriott. Continuing the tradition of designing around dynamic, interlocking systems, the underworld will be populated by three factions (dark elves, dwarves, and fungus people), whose actions and positions will be impacted by your choices. The story you make for yourself is the order of the day.

At the time of this writing, the project has pulled in just over $150,000 of its $600,000 goal with a month to go, boding well for its prospects. Underworld Ascendant is the latest in a string of projects from ’80s and ’90s PC developers using Kickstarter to revitalize CRPGs, such as Wasteland 2Pillars of Eternity, and Shadowgate.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Emerging Tech

Facebook hasn’t given up on the idea of building an internet drone

Facebook's efforts to provide internet connectivity from the skies using solar-powered drones suffered a blow last year when the company abandoned its "Aquila" drone project. But the company clearly hasn't given up on the idea.
Gaming

The hottest Nintendo Switch games you can get right now

The Nintendo Switch's lineup started off small, but games have steadily released as the console continues through its second year. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games available now.
Gaming

Microsoft CEO says Project xCloud is the ‘Netflix for games’

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella referred to the company's Project xCloud game streaming service as "Netflix for games." The service will let users play Xbox and PC games on a variety of devices.
Gaming

Mortal Kombat 11 Kollector’s Edition comes with a life-size Scorpion mask

The Mortal Kombat 11 Kollector's Edition will come with a human-sized replica of the mask of Scorpion, one of the most iconic fighters of the series. NetherRealm Studios has also announced the game's preorder bonuses.
Gaming

Xbox app lets you access your console while away from home. Here's how

Microsoft's Xbox allows you to access your profile information and launch media content directly from your mobile device. Check out our quick guide on how to connect your smartphone to an Xbox One.
Gaming

Goodbye, Machinima: YouTube gaming channel pulls the plug after 13 years

Machinima, a YouTube gaming channel that was launched in 2006, has suddenly shut down, with all of its videos set to private. The #RIPMachinima hashtag is now making the rounds in social media to reminisce about the channel's content.
Gaming

These are the best indie games you can get on PC right now

Though many indie games now come to consoles as well, there's still a much larger selection on PC. With that in mind, we've created a list of the best indie games for PC, with an emphasis on games that are only available on PC.
Gaming

This list of PlayStation 4 exclusives puts its competitors to shame

The PlayStation 4's game library and incredible selection of exclusive games could make anyone with an Xbox One or Nintendo Switch think twice. Here's our list of the latest and greatest PS4 exclusives.
Gaming

Overkill’s ‘The Walking Dead’ delayed indefinitely for PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Overkill's The Walking Dead for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have been postponed without a new release date. The co-op zombie shooter suffered massive delays, then received lukewarm reviews once it launched for the PC through Steam.
Gaming

How you can give your PS4 a fresh start with a factory reset

Learn the many ways you can factory reset your PS4. From reverting your settings to factory to doing a full wipe and reinstalling the latest PlayStation firmware, we cover it all here, step by step.
Gaming

Can't stand keyboard gaming on PC? Here's how to use a PS3 controller instead

Properly connecting a PlayStation 3 Controller to a PC is no easy task, especially when you opt for third-party peripherals. Thankfully, our guide will help you through the process.
Product Review

‘Resident Evil 2' is a terrifying new virus you'll want to catch

Resident Evil 2 brings the Raccoon City incident to a new generation of players, acting both as a nostalgic throwback and a thoroughly modern horror game with some of the best visuals of the generation.
Gaming

‘Fortnite’ update makes you the most dangerous snowman ever

The latest content update for Epic Games' Fortnite adds the Sneaky Snowman item, turning players into stealthy masters of disguise. The update also changes the Sniper Shootout game mode.