[MUD-Dev] Lord British gone

Geoffrey A. MacDougall geoffrey at poptronik.com
Fri Mar 31 15:48:00 New Zealand Daylight Time 2000


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Semi-off topic for this list - but of interest, none the less, I believe...

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http://headline.gamespot.com/news/00_03/30_pc_outdadoh/index.html

Lord British Leaves His Origin

According to various reports surfacing on the net, Origin Systems co-founder
Richard Garriott, or Lord British to Ultima fans everywhere, has left
Origin. Different sources say he either was laid off or quit. An internal
memo purportedly from Origin CEO Jack Heistand confirmed Garriott's
departure. The memo also indicated that over 20 employees were laid off as
well, with a possible 30 more layoffs to follow within the month.
Apparently, all projects other than Ultima Online 2 and UOLive have been
canceled, including Privateer Online and Garriott's secret "X" project.

One of the reports comes from a news lead published at Lum the Mad's Site,
which reprinted the internal email from CEO Jack Heistand. In the internal
email, Heistand broke the news of Garriott's departure, writing, "As Richard
and I discussed his vision of what he wanted to do - create new large
properties, OSI simply could not pursue those endeavors. Wishing Richard
only the best and all life has to offer as he embarks on his new
challenges." Citing specific reasons behind the sudden split, Heistand went
on to state that Electronic Arts was prepared to infuse Origin and its
Ultima franchise with 16 million dollars; however, "deploying precious
resources" behind Web-based games and Privateer was not "prudent." In other
words, proven properties are Origin Systems and EA's priority.

Despite the bad news for fans of Richard Garriott, Heistand's alleged email
contains some good news. It seems that with a refocused effort on key
products, Origin Systems will be able to produce Ultima Online 3 in
relatively short order. And although Garriott's future plans are still
unknown, he may seek to produce his games elsewhere. 


By Jennifer Ho, GameSpot

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Able to shed some light, Raph?

Cheers,

Geoffrey

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<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>Semi-off topic for this list - but of interest, none =
the less, I believe...</FONT>
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<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>______________________________________</FONT>
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<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>Lord British Leaves His Origin</FONT>
</P>

<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>According to various reports surfacing on the net, =
Origin Systems co-founder Richard Garriott, or Lord British to Ultima =
fans everywhere, has left Origin. Different sources say he either was =
laid off or quit. An internal memo purportedly from Origin CEO Jack =
Heistand confirmed Garriott's departure. The memo also indicated that =
over 20 employees were laid off as well, with a possible 30 more =
layoffs to follow within the month. Apparently, all projects other than =
Ultima Online 2 and UOLive have been canceled, including Privateer =
Online and Garriott's secret &quot;X&quot; project.</FONT></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>One of the reports comes from a news lead published =
at Lum the Mad's Site, which reprinted the internal email from CEO Jack =
Heistand. In the internal email, Heistand broke the news of Garriott's =
departure, writing, &quot;As Richard and I discussed his vision of what =
he wanted to do - create new large properties, OSI simply could not =
pursue those endeavors. Wishing Richard only the best and all life has =
to offer as he embarks on his new challenges.&quot; Citing specific =
reasons behind the sudden split, Heistand went on to state that =
Electronic Arts was prepared to infuse Origin and its Ultima franchise =
with 16 million dollars; however, &quot;deploying precious =
resources&quot; behind Web-based games and Privateer was not =
&quot;prudent.&quot; In other words, proven properties are Origin =
Systems and EA's priority.</FONT></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>Despite the bad news for fans of Richard Garriott, =
Heistand's alleged email contains some good news. It seems that with a =
refocused effort on key products, Origin Systems will be able to =
produce Ultima Online 3 in relatively short order. And although =
Garriott's future plans are still unknown, he may seek to produce his =
games elsewhere. </FONT></P>
<BR>

<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>By Jennifer Ho, GameSpot</FONT>
</P>

<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>___________________________________</FONT>
</P>

<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>Able to shed some light, Raph?</FONT>
</P>

<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>Cheers,</FONT>
</P>

<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>Geoffrey</FONT>
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