A group of developers who’ve been working on The Elder Scrolls since its inception have founded a new studio. The new venture is called OnceLost Games and it’s already working on its first project, an open-world fantasy RPG.
The studio’s official website describes it as “an independent game development studio dedicated to reinvigorating the role-playing genre”. OnceLost’s stated aim is to bridge the gap between ’90s-era design complexity and modern production values. Three of the four founders of the studio – Ted Peterson, Julian LeFay, and Vijay Lakshman – worked on the original The Elder Scrolls: Arena. The fourth founder is marketing director Ian Phoenix. According to Phoenix’s profile, he’s an indie game developer, video producer, and documentary maker.
So, what is the first OnceLost Games project going to look like? The short answer is that we don’t know yet. OnceLost says it’s “hard at work” on the game, which will be a massive open-world fantasy RPG adventure. It’ll boast “revolutionary technology and game design”, although we’re not quite sure what that actually means yet. Given the pedigree behind the studio, expect something spiritually akin to early The Elder Scrolls titles. If you’re a Daggerfall fiend, this looks like it’ll be your jam.
OnceLost is teasing an announcement “by the end of the year”. If you head over to the official website, you can enter your email address to join the studio’s mailing list. Alternately, you can follow OnceLost’s official YouTube, Twitter, and Discord channels for more info. Want to refresh your memory of early-’90s RPG mechanics? You can download The Elder Scrolls: Arena and The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall from the official Bethesda website. They’re totally free, so you’ve got nothing to lose.
Are you looking forward to OnceLost Games’ first title? Do you miss the halcyon days of ’90s fantasy RPGs? Let us know in the comments below!