Otherside Entertainment has announced 505 Games are picking up the publishing duties for their Kickstarter-funded action RPG, Underworld Ascendant.
Here’s a few blurbs from the heads of both companies:
Neil Ralley, president of 505 Games
“It’s another big moment for 505 Games, having the opportunity to partner with this talented team on such an iconic brand. Ultima Underworld is among the greatest PC RPGs ever made, and we look forward to what Paul, Warren and their team will accomplish with the next generation of the franchise.”
Paul Neurath, CEO, OtherSide Entertainment
“We’ve found a great partner in 505 Games; one who really supports and understands indie developers. We also have our fans to thank for helping make this dream a reality. Everyone who backed Underworld Ascendant on KickStarter is an important part of this project and we plan to keep them involved throughout development, sharing early builds and sourcing their feedback to help make this game amazing.”
Warren Spector, studio director, OtherSide Entertainment
“The original Underworld games broke new ground in the world of video game RPGs, and the Ascendant team is committed to innovation at that level. Early builds already prove that, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.”
Here’s a rundown on the game:
From the creative minds behind the acclaimed Ultima Underworld® series, in Underworld Ascendant®, Paul Neurath and Warren Spector’s OtherSide Entertainment is innovating upon the series’ signature player-authored gameplay in bold new ways and bringing the ‘immersive sim’ genre forward in a breathtaking fantasy realm, rife with danger and full of intrigue.
Return to The Stygian Abyss in Underworld Ascendant®, the action RPG designed to maximize player choice. Journey through the unfamiliar. Unlock your creative potential. Utilize your environment to stack the odds in your favor. Devise the ideal plan to overcome the challenges you face or dive in and think on your feet.
Each decision holds great opportunity and grave consequence. What you leave behind will be engraved on the lives of others. Assuming you survive…
- A DEEPLY IMMERSIVE WORLD
Enter a fully-realized dungeon realm, rendered in expressive detail, where simulated systems make logical sense and creative experimentation is amply rewarded. Interact with useful flora and physics-based traps. Encounter fantastic creatures like Lizard Men, opportunistic Outcasts, and fearsome Mind Cripplers – all with unique abilities that can be used to your advantage.
- DYNAMIC NARRATIVE
Become embroiled in an epic plot, as rival factions vie for dominance in struggles that ebb and flow across the realm. Every decision you make has unique consequences on events and the world around you. How will you navigate The Stygian Abyss?
- A HERO TO CALL YOUR OWN
Launch yourself into fluid, intense combat. Cast powerful magic to defeat the enemy. Use stealth and subterfuge to avoid enemies and obstacles altogether. Freely mix and match across dozens of distinct combat, stealth & magic abilities, plus your choice of weapons, magical items and useful provisions to create a unique hero who is truly your own.
- UNBOXED GAMEPLAY
Unlock your creative potential with the Improvisation Engine. Experiment with a wide array of skills and magic. Manipulate your environment – and creatures who reside in it – to stack the odds in your favor. The game sets the challenge, the solution is up to you. Craft your own adventure.
- EVER-EVOLVING QUESTS
Explore constantly-evolving environments, offering dynamic opportunities and deepening challenges. Set out on a wide variety of quests: from intrigue and manipulation among conflicting Factions to opposing the growing influence of the undead. Delve into lost areas, collect rare objects, alter the environment, and more.
- UNIQUE REWARDS SYSTEM
Earn rewards and unlock skills through exceptional performance and creative solutions. Solve challenges in unique ways and push yourself to experiment.