Richard Garriott's (and his rat-tail) next epic, Tabula Rasa, has entered the final development stage of the MMO known as closed beta.
This game's had a long and tumultuous path towards being released. Initially it was being developed by Garriott's American "Destination Games" in direct conjunction with NCsoft's Korean development studio as YAFMMORPG (Yet Another Fantasy MMORPG), but after a few years in things just weren't going well, and so (very appropriately for the title of the game) started over basically from scratch.
The game is now coming in the form of a Sci-Fi FPS-MMORPG hybrid, and it's certainly going to be one to watch this summer and fall. NCsoft has made a name for itself in the US by offering titles that stray from the norm. The idea of an FPS MMO isn't altogether new, but one has to wonder how Garriott's mind will present the design to us.
My only worry is that I suck at FPS games, and because of this simple fact I'll never be able to enjoy Tabula Rasa. We shall see, I suppose.