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Garriott adds Ultima Online co-developer Starr to work on Shroud of the Avatar
Posted: 05.07.2013 17:21 by Comments: 1
Richard Garriott aka Lord British, has announced that his studio Portalarium has signed on Starr Long to executive producer. Garriott credits Long with being the father of the modern MMO due to his work on Ultima Online.

According to Garriott, "Even before Starr had come to Origin we had always talked about doing a multiplayer Ultima game. We looked at the old dial-up multiplayer games and MUDs and it didn't seem to be a business that was useful at the scale we needed.

"It was really Starr who sat me down and said 'look Richard, the Internet is coming, now is the time.' Though it was often me arguing the case in front of Electronic Arts management it was really Starr's belief that we could pull this off and his insistence that I keep fighting that good battle by which we finally got the game begrudging shall we say greenlit by EA. Ultima Online immediately became the fastest selling PC game in Origin and EA history and within two years had outsold all the previous Ultimas combined, several times over."


Long will be helping Garriott with the studio's major Kickstarter project, Shroud of the Avatar, a spiritual successor to Garriott's famed Ultima series.
Source: Polygon
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By baszermaszer (SI Veteran Member) on Jul 06, 2013
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"Though it was often me arguing the case in front of Electronic Arts management it was really Starr's belief that we could pull this off and his insistence that I keep fighting that good battle by which we finally got the game — begrudging shall we say — greenlit by EA. Ultima Online immediately became the fastest selling PC game in Origin and EA history and within two years had outsold all the previous Ultimas combined, several times over.""

Was probably a prophetic moment for Starr Long.