Richard Garriot Resigns from NCSoft

Nov 12th, 2008 | By | Category: Game Industry

Taken from an Open Announcement Letter Richard Garriot, the king of Online Games, Creator of The Ultima Series(and consequentially Ultima Online) as well as the Recently troubled Tabula Rasa, has announced that he would be stepping down from his position at NCSoft.. Apparently motivated by his recent trip into space:

To Quote the open letter

Fellow Soldiers of the AFS,

I am happy to finally be able to write the players and community of Tabula Rasa. We’ve been on quite a journey together. First in creating a game unlike any other on the MMO market, then growing a loyal community and finally launching the game and its players into space with Operation Immortality. It has been quite an unforgettable journey, one that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

I am very grateful to you loyal players for sticking around through what I think we can all honestly say was a rough launch. I thank the development team for pushing hard to get polish, updates and new content out every month since launch…a feat that I think is unusual in MMO development. They have a lot to be proud of.

Many of you probably wonder what my plans are, now that I have achieved the lifelong dream of going to space. Well, that unforgettable experience has sparked some new interests that I would like to devote my time and resources to. As such, I am leaving NCsoft to pursue those interests.

This news is difficult for me to deliver. I am honored to have worked with the team I’ve had and I’m grateful to the community who makes this game so unique and fun.

Thank you and farewell.

Richard “General British” Garriott

It will be interesting to see where he goes from here

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5 Comments to “Richard Garriot Resigns from NCSoft”

  1. lb says:

    I don’t get it. Wasn’t this his second trip into space?

    You never would have guessed it by reading that. Unforgettable? heh.

  2. Gabriel says:

    Good Riddance as Tabula Rasa is dying a slow death

  3. Andrew says:

    I hope this does not mean trouble for NCSoft. I’m looking forward to their new MMO games, Aion and Blade and Soul. But I suppose Richard Garriott was on a different dev team?

  4. admin says:

    I think this was his first trip into space, although his father has spent some time up there..
    I enjoyed Tabula Rasa, overall a decent game experience but the cost and time it took to make it is clear indications of poor management over at NcSoft.. Obviously we don’t want any studio to be in trouble as it represents a much greater loss for diversity in games

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