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GDC gets Tabula Rasa showing

Q3 release, says NCsoft.

NCsoft has confirmed to Eurogamer this morning that Richard Garriott will be taking people through a demo of Tabula Rasa at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week.

"Richard Garriott is doing a walkthrough of the game," a spokesperson for NCsoft told us this morning.

The title is in development at Garriott's Destination Games, which was recently bought by NCsoft, and is an online adventure that will try to blend the fast-paced action of first-person shooters with the traditional fantasy-values of MMOs.

While no firm release date has been put on Tabula Rasa yet, NCsoft today gave a rough idea on when you can expect to be playing Garriott's latest.

"We're setting it for the end of Q3," the spokesperson added.

Garriott's recently been spouting that Tabula Rasa has the potential to beat even the biggest online adventures currently on the market, believing his game will climb to at least a million copies after it's released later this year.

It's not clear whether the demo will be playable at GDC, but we'll be talking to Garriott there to see exactly how he's moved on from the Ultima Online days, and why Tabula Rasa will knock our socks off.