Gaming Links of Interest: 17th Sept 2015 – Get your very own Ultima ankh pendant

In the news today: Denis Loubet releases a new Ultima-inspired ankh jewellery design, Divinity: Original Sin 2’s mystery patron is revealed, Offworld looks back at Syberia, a new noir adventure Kickstarter offers a “Fancy Shmancy Box” and more.

Denis Loubet adds the iconic Ultima-inspired “swept ankh” to his jewellery store
Denis Loubet is the man behind much of iconic design and illustration of the Ultima games. He’s recently opened a storefront on Shapeways, a 3D-printed metalwork production service, and its latest addition is a refined version of his swept ankh design, similar to the pendant found in Ultima IX Dragon Edition. Loubet told his Patreon sponsors that “I designed this ankh for the back cover of Ultima IV, never suspecting that 30 years later I would be making it a physical reality!”

Remembering Syberia, an adventure game about a woman finding herself
Boing Boing’s Offworld games mag looks at the powerful characterisation and development that went into Kate Walker, the protagonist of Benoît Sokal’s 2002 third-person adventure game Syberia. While many adventure game protagonists don’t really change that much as people, even after everything they’ve gone through (Laura Bow, I’m looking at you), Syberia is as much about Kate’s internal journey as the events that she becomes embroiled in.

Mystery patron of Divinity: Original Sin 2 Kickstarter revealed!
D:OS 2 has had its share of sizeable backer contributions, but the team has now learned that was behind a $10,000 Divine Noble tier donation. That means that the DRM-free distributor will get to “develop a memorable character whose decisions, backstory, and private motivations will intertwine with– or confound– the players.” Larian has also revealed the seven-strong writing team that’ll be weaving the threads of the new turn-based RPG’s story. The game is already well and truly funded, but it’s worth noting that a collectors’ edition box is available to anyone who backs at $125 or above.

Today’s new Kickstarter: NoseBound
NoseBound promises to be a paranormal point and click adventure game, and it even has reward tiers that’ll get you a physical box. Its dark vibe promises to incorporate elements of Raymond Chandler, H.P. Lovecraft, and the X-Files. You will need to shell out at least $225 to get the box, though.

Oculus Rift’s Palmer Luckey answers some burning questions
Highlights from Eurogamer’s interview with Oculus Rift inventor Palmer Luckey.

Dark Souls 3 is due out in April 2016
Prepare to die. A lot.

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