505 Games has entered into a partnership with the development studio OtherSide Entertainment to publish the latest game in the Underworld franchise, Underworld Ascendant.
The experienced team at OtherSide Entertainment consists of Paul Neurath, who has worked on Ultima Underworld, and Warren Spector of Deus Ex acclaim. Collectively the team has worked on games that have earned more than 200 awards and earned over $3 billion in revenue.
“It’s another big moment for 505 Games, having the opportunity to partner with this talented team on such an iconic brand,” said Neil Ralley, president of 505 Games. “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.”
When Ultima Underworld first launched in 1992, it was a revolution for the RPG scene at the time. It introduced 3D immersion, a player-authored experience, and an open world to explore. Now, OtherSide is making a next-generation iteration for the series. Players will be returning to The Stygian Abyss once again. The story and world will react dynamically to player choice, awarding creativity and allowing players to author their experience.
“We’ve found a great partner in 505 Games; one who really supports and understands indie developers,” said Paul Neurath, CEO, OtherSide Entertainment. “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.”
“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,” said Warren Spector, studio director, OtherSide Entertainment. “Early builds already prove that, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.”
Underworld Ascendant is expected to be published on Steam in the second half of 2018. To learn more about the game, you can check out the website.