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Underworld Ascendant

A project in Lexington, MA by OtherSide Entertainment

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Join the original team behind Ultima Underworld on a \nquest to rekindle this legendary fantasy RPG series.
Backers: 13973
Average Pledge Per Backer: $61

Funded: $859,032 of $600,000
Dates: Feb 4th -> Mar 6th (30 days)
Project By: OtherSide Entertainment
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Latest News

Prepping For Underworld Ascendant Via Ultima Underworld 1 and 2

April 30th - via:
We take a look at the Ultima Underworld series in preparation for Ultima Underworld Ascendant wihch was successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter. (Read More)

Data Analysis of March’s Kickstarter Video Game Successes

April 15th - via:
We take a look at the numbers behind the Kicksarter Video Game success from March 2015. (Read More)

Dynamic Music and SFX and Resonant Cave Unlocked!

March 6th - via:
You guys continue to be simply amazing! With less than 1 hours to go, we have passed $850,000! This incredible achievement means Dynamic Music and Sound Effects have been unlocked, as well as the Resonant Cave! Now we will be able to add more sound... (Read More)

Companion Creatures and Enhanced Music Unlocked!

March 5th - via:
The Stygian Abyss just became a friendlier place! With Companion Creatures ready to tag along, your adventures you can take comfort in knowing there is at least one creature in the Abyss that doesn't want to eat you. In addition, when we send out our... (Read More)

Final Day!

March 5th - via:
As we post this update, we have a little less than 24 hours to go (officially the campaign ends at 8:55am ET Friday) in the Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter campaign. We've come so far, and made so many new friends! It's hard to believe it will all... (Read More)

Lizardmen Unlocked!

March 4th - via:
You've done it! The Lizardmen have been unlocked, and are moving into the Underswamp as we speak! And, since we passed the $725,000 mark as well, we'll also be adding the Dire Grove to the Underworld. A natural home for the Lizardmen, the Dire Grove... (Read More)

Gaining Experience

March 4th - via:
We've learned a lot during this Kickstarter, that's for sure. None of us had run a Kickstarter campaign at anything close to this scale. It's been a joyous ride, humbling, and enlightening. We've grown during this time, learned new things, and have... (Read More)

The Kickstarter Videogame Campaigns of March 2015 (Video)

March 4th - via:
We take a look at the noteworthy Kickstarter videogame campaigns that are ending in March; lots to choose from here! (Read More)

Tracy Hickman Novel Unlocked!

March 3rd - via:
Another 2 days, another stretch goal reached! We welcome Tracy to our community, and can’t wait to see the story he will be weaving for us to read. Tracy's book, telling the tale of how the Dark Elves arrived in the Abyss, will not only help in... (Read More)

A Closer Look At Underworld Ascendant

March 3rd - via:
Our preview of Underworld Ascendant, a new Kickstarter project inspired by the classic Ultima Underworld games. (Read More)

Humble Beginnings

March 2nd - via:
As we head into the final days of the Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter campaign, a few of us were reminiscing about what it was like when we first got OtherSide underway, a little over a half year ago. The studio began with little tangible; no... (Read More)

Dreaming of AR

March 2nd - via:
In high-school I played a fair bit of Dungeons & Dragons, probably more than was good for my grades. During one session while dungeon mastering for friends, it struck me that it might be great fun if the dungeon they were exploring could be made... (Read More)

Ultima Underworld sequel Underworld Ascendant crosses Kickstarter funding goal

March 2nd - via:
The game crossed its funding goal of US$600,000 yesterday, and at the time of writing had raised US$645,558 with four days of fundraising remaining. (Read More)

Underswamp Unlocked!

March 1st - via:
In just 2 days we’ve reached the Underswamp! Considering it’s a weekend, that’s amazing progress! Perhaps now some brave soul will uncover the Underswamp’s mysterious secrets. Be sure to wear your Rotworm Skin boots while you're exploring.... (Read More)

Exploring deep into the Underswamp!

March 1st - via:
As of this morning, we are less than $10,000 away from achieving the Underswamp stretch goal! Crouched on the confluence of two slow-moving subterranean river systems, the Underswamp is a miasma of odd fungus, twisted trees and creeping lichen. Dank... (Read More)

Underworld Ascendant Surpasses Kickstarter Goal

February 28th - via:
Underworld Ascendant, the sequel to Ultima Underworld has surpassed its funding goal and looks to be well on its way to achieving its stretch goals. (Read More)

We reached $600,000!

February 27th - via:
Today we reached our base funding goal of $600,000. What to say…        Humbled.       Honored to have your support.      To be honest, a bit relieved that we did in fact reach this milestone.      Incredibly excited that we can now... (Read More)

Messing around with VR

February 27th - via:
Jeff having fun with VR Many of you have been asking about VR for Underworld Ascendant. On our forum survey, over 40% say they have extremely strong or strong interest in this technology. That’s higher than we’d anticipated, especially... (Read More)

Time to Rumble!

February 26th - via:
Mastering of the Art of WarIn most fantasy RPG’s, fighters are not the sharpest tools in the shed. Rather than relying on their brains, they use their ample brawn. Wading into a battle, slashing and smashing every foe in sight. Nothing wrong-headed... (Read More)

T-Shirt Contest

February 25th - via:
Today we have added a new Add-On, one which a bunch of our backers have been requesting for a while now. An Underworld Ascendant T-Shirt! It has the Underworld Ascendant logo on the front. On the back we will put a slogan written by one of our fans.... (Read More)

Time for a few Magic Tricks

February 24th - via:
We wanted to do a deeper dive into one of the core game systems in Underworld Ascendant, magic. Can’t have a fantasy game without magic! Magic in Underworld Ascendant springs from the original Underworlds. As with the originals, magic is built on... (Read More)

A Banner Update!

February 23rd - via:
There has been a lot of chatter about the in-game visuals in the Underworld Ascendant early prototype. Some have called them downright homely. We take no insult. As with the games we developed at LookingGlass, our philosophy is to avoid putting a... (Read More)

Chattering Bart

February 21st - via:
We fibbed. We said there would be no Update this weekend. But we simply could not contain our excitement on reaching the $500,000 funding milestone. The support of our community for Underworld Ascendant is extraordinary. We are humbled, and triply... (Read More)

Those other games are green with envy

February 20th - via:
As some of you already know, Underworld Ascendant has been Greenlit on Steam! Only took a week. Not sure if that’s a record, but mighty fast. Huge thanks to all the fans who gave the game a big YES and helped bring us to the attention of the tens... (Read More)

Underworld Ascendant Interview - It's Back

February 20th - via:
If you’ve been a gamer for more than twenty years, you may remember Ultima Underworld, the first person spin-off that made history along with its sequel. The good news is that Otherside Entertainment has finally gained the rights to make Underworld Ascendant, a new game in the series in all but the Ultima name. (Read More)

Tracy Hickman!

February 19th - via:
We are thrilled to announce that Tracy Hickman is lined up to write a novel for Underworld Ascendant. Tracy is a best-selling fantasy author, known for the Dragonlance series, the Death Gate Cycle and Apogee of Fear to name a few. He also co-wrote... (Read More)

King of the Sandbox

February 18th - via:
The original Underworlds pioneered much of what today is known as ‘sandbox’ gameplay: instead of scripting a path on rails, players had the freedom to experiment and find their own path forward. More modern games such as Deus Ex and Skyrim have... (Read More)

Utopias and You

February 17th - via:
Utopia FallenWoven into the fabric of the original Ultima Underworld backstory was the story of a fallen utopia. A few years before the Avatar arrives, the knight Sir Cabirus led a band into the Stygian Abyss on a quest to establish a utopian colony.... (Read More)

Kickstarter Interview – Underworld Ascendant

February 17th - via:
The original team behind Ultima Underworld is on a quest to rekindle this legendary fantasy RPG series with Underworld Ascendant. (Read More)

Name that Monster

February 16th - via:
MonstersTime to call this week’s vote, the face off between Lava Bats and Dire Fairies. By a whopping 195 vote margin, Dire Fairies win over Lava Bats! Clearly some of you are haunted by dark nightmares, or want to be. (Despite the lack of a win,... (Read More)

Announcements galore!

February 15th - via:
Weekly Goal Met! Marching ForwardWe’re having a great weekend so far, pushing past the 8,000 backer goal for the week. As of noon Sunday there are 8,078 of you strong! That’s a small army… growing into a larger army. This also means everybody... (Read More)

Rewards! Get your Rewards!

February 13th - via:
Hi everyone,   Huge thanks for your continued support! Your passion for this project is quite wonderful.  Today we have reached 70% of our base funding goal! Also, we are now fewer than 225 new backers away from reaching our 8,000+ goal for this... (Read More)

So, who makes these games run?

February 12th - via:
While the game designers and artists frolic and have all the fun, somebody has to make the software actually run. Let me introduce you to a couple of the software engineers who are doing the heavy lifting on Underworld Ascendant’s technical... (Read More)

Lots happening!

February 11th - via:
Got a lot of things to share today. First, Underworld Ascendant has been gettin’ some love… Game was selected as a Staff Pick on Kickstarter! We are honored by the recognition.  Reached #1 on the Kicktraq HOT list today, ahead of Exploding... (Read More)

Explore the Stygian Abyss, at your peril.

February 10th - via:
Enter the Stygian AbyssThe Stygian Abyss is a central character in Underworld Ascendant. An underworld labyrinth vast, dark, deep --- and full of secrets. Folk from the world above look at the Abyss with blind fear, believing it as no more than a den... (Read More)

Lava Bats vs. Dire Faeries. Fight!

February 9th - via:
Since last week we’ve had a fan VOTE running on our forums on the art style for the Shamblers, one of the factions that vie for control of the Stygian Abyss. Time to call the results. It was close, but Mushroom Man edges out Fungi Guy by 47 votes!... (Read More)

More team & share the vision, get some claws!

February 8th - via:
Let me introduce you to a couple of the game designers building Underworld Ascendant. Tim Stellmach was one of our gifted designers at LookingGlass. He was lead designer on Ultima Underworld II, and made key contributions on Terra Nova and Thief. Tim... (Read More)

What Kickstarter Video Game Campaigns Launched Feb 1st- 8th?

February 8th - via:
Every week dozens of Kickstarter Video Game campaigns are launched, we check out all of the Kickstarter Video Game campaigns! (Read More)

Meet some of our team

February 6th - via:
I wanted to start introducing some of the folks helping to make Underworld Ascendant a reality. First up, our concept artists. These are the superbly talented guys who help envision the look of The Stygian Abyss and its inhabitants.   Robb Waters... (Read More)

Sharing the love. And vote!

February 5th - via:
Fans have been sharing their excitement and love for Underworld Ascendant. Makes us blush. Wanted to pass along a few from Twitter and the Kickstarter page: Anthony P. Ingram - "I have fond/hilarious memories of my Dad banging his head against the... (Read More)

New Ultima Underworld comes Kickstarter 2 decades later

February 5th - via:
Ultima Underworld, one of the most influential RPGs of all time, is ready for a comeback. (Read More)

Delve greedily and deep: Underworld Ascendant is on Kickstarter

February 5th - via:
The sequel to Ultima Underworld 1+2 leans heavily on its legacy--but what a legacy it is. (Read More)

Great first day for Underworld Ascendant!

February 4th - via:
Halfway through our first day and already over $165,000 pledged towards Underworld Ascendant! Crazy cool. The team and I feel humbled, and hugely thankful for your support.   Wonderful to see how many of you are reaching out with your comments,... (Read More)

AMA and GOG Twitch Stream Today! (2/4/14)

February 4th - via:
Join us for an AMA at 12:00PM EST on February 4th to ask questions of the OtherSide Entertainment development team, many of whom were developers for the original Underworld games with Looking Glass Studios. Is there something you’ve always wanted... (Read More)

'Underworld Ascendant' Launches Kickstarter Campaign

February 4th - via:
Far more than a dungeon crawl, Underworld Ascendant not only modernizes the series’ visuals and user interface to take full advantage of the today’s PCs, but also innovates in bold new ways. (Read More)

Underworld Ascendant, Ultima Underworld's Spiritual Successor, Now on Kickstarter

February 4th - via:
Underworld Ascendant, a spiritual successor to 1992’s Ultima Underworld that is being developed by Otherside Entertainment, is now on Kickstarter. (Read More)

Looking Glass Returns via Kickstarter and Underworld Ascendant

February 4th - via:
Underworld Ascendant marks the return of Looking Glass Studios alumni and the Underworld series on Kickstarter. (Read More)

Looking Glass Founder’s Underworld Ascendant Revealed

February 4th - via:
Underworld Ascendant is a subterranean, first-person RPG set in ‘a living, breathing fantasy world.’ (Read More)

Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter

February 4th - via:
A new Kickstarter is underway, looking to raise at least $600,000 to develop Underworld Ascendant, a new game following in the footsteps of Ultima Underworld. (Read More)

Otherside Launches Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant

February 4th - via:
Stretch goals include co-op gameplay, a world builder and more. (Read More)

Ultima Underworld Spiritual Successor in the Works

February 4th - via:
Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter campaign goes live, asking for $600,000. (Read More)

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