creator of Richard Garriott Ultima The classic RPG series and part-time astronauts have a new project. It’s called iron & magic, Blockchain MMO, announced the official website. First discovered by Massively OP, the site lists a series of terrain squares between screenshots and digital flythroughs of fantasy environments.
“Buy Land in Lord British Territory,” reads a banner above the square.
Who is Lord British? Lord British is Garriott’s longtime alias and his handle online, Ultima game since its inception. Ultima It was one of the best role-playing games of the 80’s. It became a design touchstone in the years that followed, spawning multiple sequels and a popular MMO. The series inspired everything from his other MMOs to immersive sims to his CRPGs that took the 90s by storm. Garriott is Ultima Both as a brand and as a concept.
Recently, however, Garriott has found hits to be somewhat harder to come by. Recent pushes to the MMO space pure When Avatar shroudbroke apart in flight or failed to launch. pure About a year and a half until closing. Avatar shroud It had early success on Kickstarter, but delays and changes in direction eventually shattered it into pieces. As a result, Garriott was looking for other ventures. The son of an astronaut, Garriott has been busy sending millionaires into space as a private astronaut and as a deep-sea diver.
In between adventures, Garriott was looking for new projects. iron & magic That project. The man who created his one of the most beloved RPG franchises in the history of the media is booming digital real estate.
He chose an inauspicious time to join the web3 game. Cryptocurrencies have really gone through it over the past six months, to say the least. Both Bitcoin and Ethereum have plummeted in value, and even “stablecoins” have suddenly started moving in ways that aren’t technically considered stable. Outlets like Cointelegraph reported his 85% drop in the average price seen in Metaverse projects built around NFT property sales, and the NFT market crashed spectacularly.
As many early buyers quickly realized, there’s little you can do with a suddenly worthless chunk of digital real estate.
Now back to Garriott and Lord British’s land purchases in the realm.
Garriott and his development partner Todd Porter sat down for an interview with PC Gamer in April to improve the game and its connection to the blockchain. Most of it is the same web3 waffle I’ve heard from hundreds of other developers in the field. Ownership of Digital Assets (such as the aforementioned real estate). Earn by playing. Garriott explains:
As we all know, leisure time is not worth it if you aren’t earning a penny or a cent for every hour you play. A normal reaction to having a hobby under capitalism! perfectly healthy!
Anyway, sorry Richard, that’s a pass from me.