505 Games announced today a partnership with development studio OtherSide Entertainment to publish fantasy RPG Underworld Ascendant, the next-generation sequel to the landmark Underworld franchise. The deeply experienced team at OtherSide studio – helmed by industry legends Paul Neurath (Ultima Underworld, Thief) and Warren Spector (Deus Ex, Epic Mickey) – has worked on many leading game franchises, which collectively garnered more than 200 awards and earned over $3 billion in revenues.
Neil Ralley, president of 505 Games, said:
“It’s another big moment for 505 Games, having the opportunity to partner with this talented team on such an iconic brand. Ultima Underworld is among the greatest PC RPGs ever made, and we look forward to what Paul, Warren and their team will accomplish with the next generation of the franchise.”
In Underworld Ascendant, players will return to The Stygian Abyss, a breathtaking fantasy realm, rife with danger and full of intrigue. Players will be provided a wide array of tools to experiment with and create their own ingenious solutions to challenges. The story and world will react dynamically to player choices, challenging and rewarding their creativity and allowing them to author their experience.
Paul Neurath, CEO, OtherSide Entertainment, added:
“We’ve found a great partner in 505 Games; one who really supports and understands indie developers. We also have our fans to thank for helping make this dream a reality. Everyone who backed Underworld Ascendant on KickStarter is an important part of this project and we plan to keep them involved throughout development, sharing early builds and sourcing their feedback to help make this game amazing.”
Warren Spector, studio director, OtherSide Entertainment, concluded:
“The original Underworld games broke new ground in the world of video game RPGs, and the Ascendant team is committed to innovation at that level. Early builds already prove that, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.”
Underworld Ascendant will be published on Steam for PC in the second half of 2018.