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Garriott leaving NCsoft

Lord British wants to pursue "new interests" following his mission to space

Richard Garriott will leave NCsoft to pursue "new interests" following his recent space mission.


"Many of you probably wonder what my plans are, now that I have achieved the lifelong dream of going to space," the Ultima and Tabula Rasa designer said.

"Well, that unforgettable experience has sparked some new interests that I would like to devote my time and resources to. As such, I am leaving NCsoft to pursue those interests."

Garriott paid tribute to his co-workers and the fans of his games, and thanked those that stuck around to play MMO Tabula Rasa after what he acknowledged was a "rough launch" period.

"I am very grateful to you loyal players for sticking around through what I think we can all honestly say was a rough launch. I thank the development team for pushing hard to get polish, updates and new content out every month since launch...a feat that I think is unusual in MMO development. They have a lot to be proud of.

"This news is difficult for me to deliver... It has been quite an unforgettable journey, one that I will treasure for the rest of my life."

A good as being a leading game designer sounds, we can only imagine how going into space (at a cost of around £17 million!) must open your eyes a little.