Former Ultima Devs Announce New Gaming Studio, DeMeta...And You Guessed It...Blockchain

Richard Garriott has jumped on the blockchain train.

QuintLyn Bowers
By QuintLyn Bowers, News Editor April 12, 2022
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DeMeta Announcement

If you’ve been wondering what Richard Garriott has been up to lately – other than whatever is up with Shroud of the Avatar lately – we now have your answer. He and Todd Porter, a fellow former Ultima developer and founding producer of Dungeons & Dragons, announced the launch of a new company today.

The company, DeMeta, has already kicked off the development of an online title that will be making use of blockchain technology. DeMeta is the “US arm” of DeHorizon, a company that bills itself as being “committed to becoming the next generation of metaverse game ecosystems”. Its current project is the team battle game DeVerse. If you’re the kind to wonder about this sort of thing, it’s built on the Ethereum Virtual Machine – or will be...and yes, there will be NFTs.

Currently, that’s everything we know about the project – unless you want to go into the nitty-gritty of NFT and blockchain on their site, but you can read about that on the DeHorizon site.

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QuintLyn Bowers
QuintLyn Bowers, News Editor
QuintLyn is a long-time lover of all things video game related will happily talk about them to anyone that will listen. She began writing about games for various hobby sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community.

Discussion (2)

Flintstone 1 month ago
Well Richard you crazy douche, its ok man to invest in nft, You being an idol for fantasy rpg please do not go down the game gamble pathway as not rpg man. I'm seeing 3rd time loss here if you go ahead with mixing nft's into gaming.
Richard Garriot dump this idea and ...
LAUNCH CLASSIC Tabula Rasa. :)


titler 1 month ago
You really need to read the article about this over at MassivelyOP folks; MOP were one of the last media outlets covering Shroud of the Avatar positively, because the editor came to MMOs through playing Ultima Online; they even allowed Chris Spears, one of the developers to openly laugh about supporting harassment of critics... until he got furious they weren't grovelling enough and then started abusing their editor too.

Now every article has a list of just some of the dirty tricks, money scamming actions, and outright financial illegality these developers got up too. Beyond that, look at the /r/shroudoftheavatar_raw subreddit for far, far more detail. And even that isn't the full story, the lies and scams and outright stalking and harassment from people who desperately wanted to inflate their real money item selling businesses, or were just mentally unhinged and over-emotionally invested in a computer game, which goes back nearly a decade.

Now Garriott wants to do it all over again, but this time, using NFTs to exploit money out of you. Stay far, far away because what ever talent he may have once had, he seems to have left it in near Earth orbit, and returned as a pod-person version of the designer he used to be.

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