Former Ultima Online
guru Richard Garriott
is joining forces with Zynga
, the social gaming behemoth that has been hemorraging users
in recent months.
company will use the Zynga Platform to launch its Ultimate Collector
game, which is currently undergoing a limited Facebook beta.
is really three games in one," Garriott says via press release. "It's a collecting game where players go on a major hunt for collectibles ranging from toys, gadgets, historical weapons, novelties and famous art and display those collections in their homes. It's a shopping game where players can visit shops and stores in our game, some of them from national retailers, to purchase items and add to their collections. And it's a world building game that allows players to outfit a home, show off their collections to their friends, sell virtual items to other collectors and make in-game money to upgrade their house and grow it even larger."