You might remember that space tourist Richard Garriott, fresh from the total collapse of Shroud of the Avatar, threatened us all with another new NFT-filled MMO project in April of this year. Any hopes that this may have been a passing fantasy or that the people involved have come to their senses are now disappointed, as the game in question now has a title and website. Advertise a game called iron and magicthe website does not provide any system details, settings information or release date plan, but it does IS have a section of the shop marked as coming which asks you to purchase land in a world created by Lord British.
No, really, that’s what happens with a click of the wheel. Up to the shop, which will be arriving soon and will display small, custom rotating terrain blocks that you can purchase. This is not a joke; this is what the team actually exhibited. The Official Twitter has more details on current systems, calling the game a web 3.0 sandbox and making fun of things like biomes, cooking minigames, party hunters, various shops, magic, and more, although it doesn’t offer more details of the concept list.
You can, of course, also click on the “team” section to see the names associated with the game. MMO fans will already know Garriott as well as Catnip Games character Chris Spears, but Todd Porter and Shane Zhu are the two poster heads on the team page Both hail from DeHorizon, a company that has already received multiple investor funding in the attempt. to create a metaverse gaming platform. Garriott himself is referred to as a “creative advisor”, but his name is clearly indicated in many places as one of the main strengths of this project.
A little reminder for those who have forgotten: Shroud of the Avatar is a MMORPG directed by Richard Garriott that was originally funded by a 2013 Kickstarter, bizarre crowdfunding stunts, frequent telethons with donations, and hefty whaling packages that have earned us more than a few raised eyebrows. The game was mired in controversy, layoffs, delays, design issues, and ultimately a small player base when it launched. From there, it becomes a farce worthy of Shakespeare. New CEO Chris Spears denied taking over even though Garriott himself stepped down, Portalarium closed his office, so he quietly dropped out and handed over. SOTA to a newly formed independent studio. Company officials weathered this storm by insulting the press, dodging questions, submitting legally required SEC documents, and even trying to dodge SeedInvest’s investor liability as recently as this year.
We know it was all included in the first article we linked, but in case you didn’t feel like clicking again, this was your summary. While this project was clearly not a way to sell you bespoke terrestrial NFTs (which, to be clear, the website makes it completely transparent, it is), it should be more than enough to make you question this.