Saddest no vote I ever had to give. I have UU1 and 2 in a shrine on my wall. The UU1 box art has been my desktop wallpaper for years. I hear the music in my head every time I walk down a dark stone corridor.
This was supposed to be UU3, no matter what they say…that was what we were all expecting. The worst part is I think we all fooled ourselves. I don’t think we were cheated so much as they just didn’t have enough of a vision to make something meaningful (or even functional apparently). Part of the problem is we all got a case of the “hazies” remembering our youth first booting up that game on our ancient computers. Back then we were overwhelmed with a sense of presence in a living dungeon filled with great lore, adventure and tantalizing mysteries. Today we can’t even save our game.
I don’t think they utilized that nostalgia as a way of stealing from us, but nor did they know how to make use of it while still creating something that was an evolution of the original games. There was a fundamental disconnect between the original concept (lets reboot UU!) and what was delivered (we don’t know what we’re doing!) I think they meant well but there is clearly a lack of the technical and project management skills required for something of this scope.
I backed this thing with a lot of money and yes, I wish I had that money back. There is one small glimmer of hope here though. I am praying that in amongst those who kickstarted this there is an indie programmer who was so affronted by what was produced that they feel compelled to make the spiritual successor we all wanted to see. Smaller teams than this have made amazing products.
I think all we really want is an immersive first person dungeon crawler with a living environment and a real sense of agency, adventure and mystery. They just don’t make them like they used to. Lets hope someone figures out how to make them like they were and like they can be today, the best of both Underworlds as it were.
Whoever does that though, please, don’t make us move like a zamboni with a sword. Thank you for your kind attention.