Ultima VII Part II - Interview @ Ultima Codex
Ultima Codex has an interview with Bill Armintrout, the Project Leader for the Serpent Isle games. The reason for the interview: On the 26th of March, 20 years ago, the game; Ultima VII, Serpent Isle, Part Two, was released. The interview is fairly lengthy, but very informative, so it is a good read. A quote then on this:
UC: What do you think made Serpent Isle stand out from other RPGs and other Ultima from its time?
BA: First of all, the Serpent Isle team was almost entirely green (new to the software industry) - in some ways, that made us want to work hard as a team to make a great game. Second - and the credit for this primarily goes to Jeff George - we had a heck of a talented team, even if we were inexperienced as a group. Third - and this was mostly by accident - our team had an unusually long period to prepare, as we had to wait for Ultima VII to finish before we could really begin work. This meant we had an in-depth understanding of what the game engine and its tools could do. And lastly, we had a friendly rivalry with the Ultima VII team (Lord British's team), and we were eager to "beat them" if we could.
Ultima Codex also talked to Bill Armintrout in October 2010 about Ultima VII.
You can find this interview here.
Source: RPG Codex
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