Is EA Cooking Up A New Ultima Game?

Ultima IV, an oldie-but-goodie role-playing game from one of the PC's most revered franchises, has been available for free since 1997. And nobody gave a hoot. Then, yesterday, EA suddenly gives a hoot.

A number of sites hosting free (or flash) copies of the game - first released in 1985 - have been ordered by EA to remove it. Why now, after all this time?

It may be because BioWare-Mythic creative director Paul Barnett - an RPG man - has been talking about "secret projects". And that EA is currently working on an all-new MMO title.

If you put one and two together, you could quickly come up with a guess that Electronic Arts has dusted off the Ultima brand (properly this time) and is working on a new Ultima MMO.

The last Ultima MMO - which incredibly is actually still the current Ultima MMO - is Ultima Online, a game launched in 1997 that is still being played today. Being 14 years old, though, means it's long overdue for an update, and with EA's last attempts in the MMO space not making much of a dent in World of Warcraft's userbase, they may as well give Ultima another shot.

The other possibility, of course, is that EA has some of the slowest copyright hunters in the business.

EA making a new Ultima Online? [Eurogamer]


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    I watched some video interviewing the developers of UO the other day, and they did confirm that they were working on something that would blow your socks off! Whether it's just an expansion for UO or something else, I dunno, but there's definitly something happening!

    Pretty sure I have a copy of Ultima IV I received as freeware in a magazine a decade or so ago...

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