Larian CEO Swen Vincke extols the ‘incredible achievement’ of Baldur’s Gate 3 influence Ultima 7, but confesses he hasn’t played since the ’90s ‘because I don’t want to spoil the memory’

Larian CEO Swen Vincke is obsessed with Ultima 7. You can find its DNA—the many weird systems, the possibilities for emergent gameplay, and the beautifully stackable crates—across Larian’s entire catalogue, and especially in Baldur’s Gate 3. Vincke says he’s “been chasing it ever since” it came out back in the ’90s, and yet he hasn’t been back and played the game in just as long.

In a chat with PC Gamer at this year’s GDC, Vincke said he’s loath to return to classics like Ultima 7 “because I’ve played old games before that I thought I was still going to love… I don’t want to do it again, because I’m pretty sure it will have not aged very well.

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