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Kickstarter Check-In: Underworld Ascendant


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In this Kickstarter Check-In edition, we have OtherSide Entertainment's Underworld Ascendant. This RPG is a spiritual successor to Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss and Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds and is being developed by former members of Looking Glass Studios, creator of the two Ultima Underworld games.

Underworld Ascendant begins with the Avatar, who is transported from our world to the Stygian Abyss through a Rune Gate. There, the Avatar encounters three factions vying for dominance of the underground realm: the dark elves, the dwarves, and the shamblers, a race of sapient mushrooms. Which side the Avatar joins, if any, and the fate of the Stygian Abyss will be determined by the player's choices.

The game world is said to be vivid and highly interactive. Environments can be altered permanently, producing desired and unforeseen effects. The player can use various tools at their disposal to come up with many solutions to problems using what OtherSide calls the game's "Improvisation Engine." The battle system is a modern take on the first-person action combat from the the Ultima Underworld games.

The trailer below goes into more detail on the game in addition to showing footage of the prototype. Additional information on Underworld Ascendant can be found on Kickstarter and the game's official website.

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