In 2012, game programmer Bruce Gottlieb showed the then top-secret game, Unknown Realm, to the attendees at the Commodore Vegas Expo. It was so secret that no one from outside his team was allowed to photograph or videotape his session. The CommVEx attendees saw a potential game full of fun, and they were excited that it was to be released. At that time, Bruce wanted Unknown Realm to use the C128's extra capabilities in 40-column mode.
Fast forward to now... That early version of Unknown Realm is now graduating to the release version, "Unknown Realm: The Siege Perilous", and Bruce is putting it up on Kickstarter. Go to
Available for the Commodore 64 (NTSC and PAL), Windows, and Mac, Unknown Realm is a new, 8-bit, role-playing game in the style of Ultima RPG's. At the above Kickstarter page, you'll be able to see all the details of the game release, including video shots, screenshots, and screen animation. Also at the page, you'll be able to see the many and various pledge amounts to get this game released.
The question remains... Is there a version of Unknown Realm which will work on the C128's 40-column mode, or is that idea discarded?
Bruce Gottlieb replied, "...at one point I was considering making it for the C128 because I wasn't sure I could get all the features I wanted in just 64k, including things like, music, portraits and the ability for in-game cutscenes. Some may recall that features like those didn't exist on the C64 in the later Ultimas of that era (Ultima V & VI) and I thought they were important story telling devices. Since I got all the features in I wanted, there is no reason for a C128 version anymore. "
At last night's New Year's Eve party in R.J. Mical's house, I met with Bruce and tried to convince him to continue with the C128 version of Unknown Realm. An enhanced version of the game would make use of the C128's extra keys, but he was not convinced.
With a little more than 24 hours to go, the Kickstarter campaign for Unknown Realm is now at 168% of its goal. Various stretch goals have been reached, the last one being that all pledgers who have put in over $19 will receive the R.J. Mical parody game that was demonstrated last year. The next stretch goal is $4,692 away, that being an Underwater City Level. For a complete list of the stretch goals, see