Final Fantasy 8, Layoffs, a Big Nintendo Direct, and Ultima 7: Examining a Crazy Week for RPGs

Final Fantasy 8, Layoffs, a Big Nintendo Direct, and Ultima 7: Examining a Crazy Week for RPGs

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | The Top 25 RPG Countdown continues, but we've got a lot of news to cover first.

The Top 25 RPG countdown continues as we celebrate a pioneer that deserves more love: Ultima 7. But first we've got a ton of other topics to cover in the world of RPGs [download link here]!

The Activision Blizzard layoffs had been brewing for awhile when they hit, but they didn't make them any less painful. They suggest an uncertain future for Blizzard, creator of the most successful MMORPG ever, which may be forced to create more games on a short timescale. Kat and Nadia talk about these developments and the recent Nintendo Direct announcements, plus celebrate the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy 8, which was good.

In the second segment, we welcome guest Rowan Kaiser to discuss Ultima 7, a surprisingly underappreciated RPG trailblazer regarded as the apex of the series. Kaiser explains how it transformed open-world RPGs, why it was so amazing back in 1992, and why it's still worth checking out today as we add it to our Top 25 RPG countdown!

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Last week's Activision Blizzard layoffs cast a pall over Blizzard, developer of the most successful MMORPG ever made. Kat and Nadia discuss what it all means, why the layoffs were especially brutal, and more. After that, Kat celebrates Final Fantasy 8's anniversary by reminding everyone that it was good, and the pair take a look at the recent Nintendo Direct reveals. Finally, guest Rowan Kaiser returns to talk about #6 on our Top 25 RPG list: Ultima 7! Find out how it revolutionized the open world RPG genre, and why it's still a remarkable game nearly 30 years later.

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Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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