Richard "Lord British" Garriott is in the middle of a new gaming venture called Portalarium (it's working on a social game for Facebook and iOS called Ultimate Collection: Garage Sale
), and he's just been able to convince a round of venture capitalists to support his projects, to the tune of roughly $7 million
The money will also be used to build a social RPG tentatively titled
," which may have ties to the Ultima
tradition, as well as new school features like asychronous gameplay and social profiles.
Portalarium was announced to be one of the launch companies in Zynga's upcoming partner program
, so Garriott and crew are definitely laying the foundations to launch some large and well-supported titles. Ultimate Collection
is supposed to be available to play sometime later on this year.