Alternate Reality: The City
Alternate Reality: The City downloads
During the late 90s, Price intended to produce an MMORPG version of the game called Alternate Reality Online or ARO, and teamed with Monolith. The deal ended due to lack of funds to start serious development on the project. Monolith originally had funds, but needed the funds for existing games in the pipeline. Monolith tried to find an external publisher to fund the game, but the number of technical innovations, coupled with an unknown market for MMORPG's, made it difficult to find publishers willing to risk funding. The publication deal ended and the rights to the game were returned due to no funds.
The original outline for the game series included plans for 6 games:
- The City
- The Arena
- The Palace
- The Wilderness
The first break from this outline was when Datasoft forced the release of The City early, and The Dungeon which would have been included, became its own release. Nonetheless, the design planned to allow the player to move between these games, so that, for example, when one attempted to leave the confines of The City, one was prompted to "Insert disk #1 of Alternate Reality: The Wilderness".
players: single player
Abandonware DOS popularity: very low