Ultima On-line – Wikipedia

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Ultima On-line (UO) is a fantasy massively multiplayer on-line role-playing recreation (MMORPG) launched on September 24, 1997[4] by Origin Programs.

Set within the Ultima universe, it’s recognized for its in depth participant versus participant fight system. Since its launch, it has added eight enlargement packs, a booster pack and dozens of free content material updates. The discharge of Ultima On-line: Kingdom Reborn in 2007 introduced a brand new recreation engine with upgraded visuals.


Ultima On-line continued the custom of earlier Ultima video games in some ways, however because of advancing know-how and the straightforward indisputable fact that it was Origin’s first persistent on-line recreation, many new recreation mechanics appeared. Partially designed as a social and financial experiment, the sport needed to account for widespread participant interplay in addition to cope with the custom of gamers feeling as in the event that they had been the focus, as had been the case in single-player video games.[citation needed]


Ultima On-line started with a single world, with particular enlargement packs including further territory and new worlds. The second world was the “Misplaced Lands”, with further land, dungeons, creatures, and terrain. The third was Trammel. This led the builders to differentiate the unique world by making the setting extra grim, and naming it “Felucca”.[5] The 2 sorts of servers had been “regular” servers with each Trammel (consensual PVP) and Felucca (non-consensual PVP) ruleset and “siege” servers with non-consensual PVP and no merchandise insurance coverage. Siege servers assist one character slot on an account, limits to methods of touring and different limits.[6]

The worlds in Ultima On-line embody:

  • Felucca — The unique world, which advanced to incorporate lifeless timber and tombstones to differentiate. It has a harsher rule set the place participant killing is extra frequent.[5]
  • Trammel — Supported a rule set that doesn’t enable non-consensual PVP and extra open land for participant housing.[4]
  • Ilshenar — Added dungeons and monsters and advanced to incorporate new land, in addition to greater than 30 new creatures (designed by Todd McFarlane).[7]
  • Malas — Included a Participant versus Participant area and area for 1500 new houses. It featured Dungeon Doom, the then-largest dungeon, and two cities: Luna (the “Metropolis of Paladins”) and Umbra (the “Metropolis of Necromancers”).[8] Malas is a sequence of islands floating in a starry void[8] and is distinguished by a darker creative model.[9] Malas was praised for its number of creatures and geographic options.[8]
  • Tokuno — Group of islands based mostly on Feudal Japan.
  • Ter Mur — Land of the Gargoyles. The capital, Ter Mur, options area for participant houses.[10]
  • Valley of Eodon — A primitive, prehistoric model land-mass with dinosaurs and big apes.


Ultima On-line is the product of Richard Garriott’s thought for a fantasy recreation involving a number of thousand individuals who can all play in a shared fantasy world. Prior video games allowed tons of of individuals to play on the identical time, together with Habitat (beta-tested in 1986), The Realm On-line, Neverwinter Nights (the AOL model) and Meridian 59; nevertheless, Ultima On-line considerably outdid these video games, each graphically and in recreation mechanics. Garriott commented that “it was crucial to us that Ultima On-line be a recreation with a theme, and story, and quest – after which assist bigger, grander exercise. We do not need it to be simply participant managed and dominated; we would like it to be an Ultima expertise, with all of the qualities that individuals anticipate from that. Ultima On-line will likely be, I consider, the very first ever utterly digital world for the mass public to go reside out alternate lives in.”[11] The objective was to supply the participant as a lot freedom as attainable.[12] The preliminary staff was composed of Garriott, Starr Lengthy, Rick Delashmit, Scott Phillips and, a bit later, Raph Koster, who turned the lead designer. Koster wrote public “designer letters” and normally glided by his nickname of Designer Dragon. Koster drew inspiration from prior on-line video games,[13] reminiscent of DartMUD.[14]

The undertaking began in 1995 and was introduced to the general public at E3 as “Ultima On-line: Shattered Legacy” in Could 1996. Origin claimed to have greater than 3,000 members within the preliminary alpha testing.[15] The event value was a lot larger than conventional pc video games; it relied on individuals accessing servers through modem. Ultima On-line‘s preliminary options included persistent participant housing, skill-based character development (with out ranges or lessons),[16] a craft-based and player-driven financial system,[17] and unrestricted player-versus-player fight.[18]

A man-made life engine was imagined to be applied into the sport. A preview introduced that ecological occasions within the recreation would have an effect on animal habits, probably creating new journey prospects in an natural method.[19] Nevertheless, this function by no means made it past the sport’s beta stage. Richard Garriott defined:

We thought it was improbable. We might spent an unlimited quantity of effort and time on it. However what occurred was all of the gamers went in and simply killed all the things; so quick that the sport could not spawn them quick sufficient to make the simulation even start. And so, this factor that we would spent all this time on, actually no-one ever observed – ever – and we finally simply ripped it out of the sport, you understand, with some unhappiness.[20]

Beta and assassination of Lord British[edit]

Lord British was Garriott’s in-game alter ego, who was killed throughout an in-game look at Ultima On-lines beta take a look at on August 9, 1997. Throughout a server inhabitants stress take a look at, a participant character generally known as Rainz forged the “hearth area” spell, killing Lord British. Producer Starr Lengthy blamed it on human error: Lord British’s character, like others, had been made invulnerable to this sort of assault, however by design the invulnerability didn’t persist over a number of recreation periods. When the server crashed shortly earlier than the incident, Garriott forgot to reset his invulnerability standing. Shortly after, directors banned Rainz’s account from the beta take a look at for repeatedly exploiting, relatively than reporting, bugs. In line with Origin, he was not banned for the assassination however relatively for prior complaints in opposition to his account highlighted by this incident. Beta testers protested Rainz’s ban in addition to subsequent actions of Lengthy and different builders, throughout which his in-game character used a spell to indiscriminately kill different characters who noticed the assassination. MMOCrunch calls it essentially the most memorable occasion in MMORPG Historical past.[21][22] September 1997 was the final day of the unique beta take a look at.[clarification needed] The beta ended with a bang, as gamers had been handled to an “finish of the world” situation with Shadowlords, demons, and different evil creatures slaughtering each character in sight.

Origin period (1995–2004)[edit]

In September 1997, Ultima On-line launched and opened the primary recreation servers to the general public.[23] Upon launch, Ultima On-line proved widespread, reaching 100,000 paying subscribers inside six months, inflicting extreme lag issues. In 1999, servers opened all over the world to assist the rising recognition of the sport, in Japan, Europe and South Korea. In 2000, Garriot resigned from Origin, taking Lord British with him. Sport gamers created their very own fanfiction speculations as to why the Lord had vanished. In February 2000, a big in-world occasion had a large military of undead lay siege to the Britannia metropolis of Trinsic. The occasion ran concurrently on all servers over a number of months. One other server opened in Australia throughout this time. In Could 2000, Ultima On-lines second enlargement Ultima On-line: Renaissance dramatically altered the sport. It cut up the sport world into two elements known as Trammel and Felucca, one was a consensual PVP zone, whereas the opposite was non-consensual. In November 2000, a Ultima On-line’s first official fanfest was held, known as the UO World Faire in Austin, TX.[24] In March 2001, Ultima On-lines third enlargement Ultima On-line: Third Daybreak was launched. It added a brand new space to the server known as Ilshenar. This new space might solely be accessed with a brand new recreation consumer that launched with the enlargement. The unique recreation consumer could possibly be used within the earlier server areas. In January 2002, Ultima On-lines second official fanfest was known as On-line Worlds FanFest, additionally held in Austin. Gamers had been capable of meet the builders, in addition to visitor speaker Todd McFarlane. February noticed the discharge of Ultima On-lines fourth enlargement Ultima On-line: Lord Blackthorn’s Revenge. Notably, it enabled entry to the areas beforehand solely accessible to the newer Third Daybreak recreation consumer. In February 2003, Ultima On-lines fifth enlargement Ultima On-line: Age of Shadows was launched. It was essentially the most recreation altering replace but together with: providing gamers the power to customized design their recreation houses, a server space that doubled the dimensions of houses, and overhauled the merchandise system. Round March 2003 Ultima On-line reached roughly 250,000 subscribers. In February 2004, Origin Programs shut down. Ultima On-line not had a named studio managing it. Improvement headquarters moved from Austin to Fairfax, Virginia.

Digital Arts period (2004–2006)[edit]

The sixth enlargement, Samurai Empire, launched in November 2004 was Japanese-themed. It supplied two new professions, the Ninja and the Samurai, in addition to new Japanese-themed housing tile units. New lands, the Tokuno Islands, had been added, with the cities being styled after historical Japanese cities.

Ultima On-line was the primary MMORPG to achieve the 100,000 subscriber base, far exceeding that of any recreation that went earlier than it.[25] Subscriber numbers peaked at round 250,000 in July 2003, however then started a gradual decline. In 2008 the sport had round 100,000 subscribers.[26] As of April 2008, Ultima On-line held a market share under 0.6% of the massively multiplayer on-line recreation subscriptions.[27] This may increasingly partially be attributed to the 2004 launch of World of Warcraft, which rapidly established hegemony over the MMORPG market and has attracted scores of gamers from all preexisting video games within the style.

Growth quantity seven, Mondain’s Legacy, launched in August 2005. It featured the second participant race, Elves. The search system obtained a serious improve, as did the crafting system. Spellweaving was added to the talents. Many new dungeons had been added. This enlargement was the primary that was solely accessible on-line (offline variations on CDs could possibly be ordered). Mondain’s Legacy was the final enlargement, with updates changing into extra irregular after that time.

Mythic Leisure period (2006–2014)[edit]

In June 2006 Digital Arts bought Mythic Leisure, the creators of Darkish Age of Camelot. Mythic was tasked with managing EA’s MMORPG portfolio, together with Ultima On-line. That month it was additionally introduced that the anti-cheating software program PunkBuster could be built-in into Ultima On-line. This marked the primary time PunkBuster could be used with an MMORPG to assist curb dishonest and exploiting. Nevertheless, it was by no means built-in into the sport, and in November 2006, Digital Arts put the PunkBuster integration on indefinite maintain.

In August 2007 Ultima On-line: Kingdom Reborn was launched. This was the primary main overhaul of the consumer and paintings methods since Ultima On-line: Third Daybreak. The ultimate enlargement was Stygian Abyss (2009), which centered on the gargoyle race. After Stygian Abyss the event mannequin shifted from expansions to “booster packs” that had been meant to be smaller updates launched extra often. Nevertheless, the primary booster pack Excessive Seas of 2010 was additionally the final.

Broadsword period (2014–current)[edit]

It was introduced on February 6, 2014 that improvement of the sport could be transferred from Mythic to Broadsword, a brand new studio, that may take over future improvement.[28]



Subsequent Era reviewed the sport, ranking it 4 stars out of 5, and said that “it is a very large world in there, stuffed with a number of thrilling issues to try to accomplish, with extra to be added over time and plenty of actual individuals round to know you probably did them. Brittania is what you make of it. Have enjoyable.”[30]GameSpot rated the sport 4.9 of 10.[31]

Gross sales and subscriptions[edit]

Inside gross sales predictions for Ultima On-line had been low,[32][33] as Digital Arts president John Riccitiello remarked that Ultima “was by no means a giant franchise.”[32] In line with an Origin Programs worker, the sport’s anticipated most subscriber rely was 15,000 customers.[33] Nevertheless, Stefan Janicki of GameSpot later famous that it “rapidly turned one of the crucial commercially profitable video games ever”.[34]CNNMoney equally declared it a “watershed occasion” and the primary main hit within the Web-only recreation style.[23] In the USA, Ultima On-line debuted at #9 on PC Information’s pc recreation gross sales rankings for October 1997.[35][36] It carried an inventory value of $65,[37] and its common avenue value was $55 for the month. A author for CNET Gamecenter discovered that the title was a part of a pattern of role-playing successes in October, alongside Fallout and Lands of Lore 2: Guardians of Future. He remarked, “If October’s listing is any indication, RPGs are again.” Between Ultima On-lines launch on September 25 and November 13, the sport bought 65,000 items. In Japan, its preliminary cargo of 5,000 items bought out inside 15 minutes on cabinets.[38]

Ultima On-lines gross sales fee was the quickest ever for an Web-only recreation by 1997, and it led Digital Arts to declare the title its fastest-selling pc recreation of all time. A author for PC Gamer US thought-about this pace the attainable trigger for “the numerous studies of misplaced orders, delayed pre-orders and shops out of inventory that occurred when the sport launched.”[39] In mid-November, Digital Arts revealed plans to ship a further 80,000 items of Ultima On-line worldwide, together with 15,000 for Japan. The vast majority of its first cargo had been focused at the USA.[38] On November 20, the sport turned Japan’s best-selling pc title of its launch month.[40]Ultima On-line reached 70,000 world subscribers by early December, of which Japan made up 8,000 and Europe 5,000. Greater than half of the title’s gross sales by that point had occurred outdoors the USA, regardless of the charges for long-distance calls between worldwide modems and the sport’s solely North American servers of the interval.[37] The sport had fallen from PC Information’s month-to-month prime 20 for the USA throughout November,[41] however the agency tracked 87,000 gross sales of Ultima On-line in that nation alone by means of the tip of 1997.[42]

By December 1998, Ultima On-line had reached 100,000 subscribers, with a mean simultaneous participant rely of 12,500 and a mean weekly playtime of 20 hours. Declaring the sport successful, IGN’s employees wrote that its customers “pay $9.95 a month to play the sport. That is one million {dollars} in income a month. Twelve million {dollars} a yr.”[43] The sport had risen to 120,000 subscribers by March 1999,[44] and by June Ultima On-lines world gross sales had surpassed 200,000 items. A author for GameDaily described this efficiency as “virtually like printing cash.”[45] Its subscriber base continued to climb in 2000, reaching 150,000 customers by February.[46] Domestically, Ultima On-line and its Second Age add-on collectively had bought 249,610 copies and earned revenues of $11.Three million at retail alone by early 2000, in line with PC Information. Gamecenter’s Mark Asher wrote on the time, “Add in its present subscriber base of 150,000 gamers at $10 monthly, and you may see the attraction of on-line, fee-based video games.”[47] Subscribers rose to 165,000 by March, which amounted to $1.65 million in month-to-month income,[48] and to 250,000 by October 2000.[49]

By early 2001, Ultima On-lines participant base was estimated at being 20–30% ladies, which was frequent to MMORPGs of the interval.[50] Japan remained a key marketplace for Ultima On-line by July 2001, and accounted for 64,000 of the sport’s 240,000 subscribers on the time. A consultant for Digital Arts reported, “Whereas we do solely a fraction of PC recreation enterprise in Japan in opposition to EA’s worldwide enterprise, over 25 % of Ultima On-line enterprise is finished in Japan.”[51] Worldwide, Ultima On-line retained 225,000 subscribers by early 2003.[52]


Ultima On-lines success resulted in Guinness World Data awarding the sport eight world data within the Guinness World Data: Gamer’s Version 2008. These data embody “First MMORPG to Attain 100,000 Gamers”, “Longest Operating MMORPG”, and “First and Solely Individual to Kill Lord British”, which was finished by a participant named Rainz throughout a server reset which turned off his invulnerability.[53] In Could 2001 Ultima On-line received the MPOGD recreation of the month award [54] In 2010, Ultima On-line was the primary inductee into the Sport Builders Selection On-line Awards Corridor of Fame.[55] In 2012, Stratics introduced Ultima On-line with a “Historic Achievement Award” to commemorate “fifteen years of innovation, creativeness, and dedication in assist of the Ultima On-line group.”[56]Time designated it as one of many 100 biggest video video games of all time in November 2012.[57]


For the reason that designers of Ultima On-line wished to offer freedom and sense of company, it was vital to permit gamers to behave in a villainous position. The results of in-game criminality had been adjusted over time, however sustaining the final dedication to participant freedom. As defined by designer Raph Koster, “Being protected from evil is, in my thoughts, an uneven tradeoff for the truth that you aren’t getting to be heroes anymore, in which you could simply decide out of preventing evil. It could be no person needs to be heroes besides when it does not rely, when it is not difficult, that individuals would relatively combat ‘faux evil’ than the true factor, however I do not personally consider that. I nonetheless suppose persons are higher than that.”[58]

Ultima On-line was sued by former participant volunteers (“Counselors”) and settled in 2004 with out admitting wrongdoing.[59] AOL had their volunteers practice customer support personnel it employed, then shut down the volunteer program. Concern over future lawsuits led Microsoft to close down their volunteer program for Asheron’s Name.[60]

Expansions and follow-up releases[edit]

All through Ultima On-lines historical past, there have been many main additions to the sport. Growth packs have been launched often, all of which add new content material within the type of landmass, artwork, quests, gadgets, or recreation mechanics.

Title Launch date Options
Ultima On-line: The Second Age Oct 1, 1998 Misplaced Lands, together with an in-game chat system and new creatures. Also referred to as T2A. It was launched in two boxed variations with completely different paintings and a single handbook.[citation needed]
Ultima On-line: Renaissance Could 4, 2000 Doubled the dimensions of the world, including a second copy. The worlds had been known as Felucca and Trammel, after the 2 moons in Ultima’s Britannia world. The Trammel world didn’t enable participant killing and was geared in the direction of preventing monsters. Felucca adopted a darker, extra foreboding look and saved its participant vs participant roots.[citation needed]
Ultima On-line: Third Daybreak Mar 7, 2001 Included a 3D consumer to compete with 3D competitors like EverQuest. A particular Third Daybreak-only land was created, known as Ilshenar. It was accessible solely to 3D purchasers till the discharge of Lord Blackthorn’s Revenge.[citation needed]
Ultima On-line: Lord Blackthorn’s Revenge February 24, 2002 Introduced “a darkish new world based mostly on new characters from Todd McFarlane” to Ultima On-line with improved recreation synthetic intelligence, in-game assist and improved character creation.[citation needed]
Ultima On-line: Age of Shadows February 11, 2003 Introduced the landmass of Malas with area for brand spanking new housing, two new character lessons (Paladin and Necromancer) and the power to customise home designs. The merchandise system was reworked with this enlargement. Armor resistance was cut up into 5 sorts and plenty of new properties that affected recreation play had been added to weaponry. Pretty much as good gear turned very important, this enlargement additionally introduced with it merchandise insurance coverage. Subscriptions reached a peak of over 250,000 accounts following the discharge.[61]
Ultima On-line: Samurai Empire November 2, 2004 Introduced historical Japanese mythology and folklore to the sport, two new lessons (Ninja and Samurai) and a brand new space to discover, the Tokuno Islands. The brand new class expertise shifted the stability of participant vs. participant fight away from mage dominance.[citation needed]
Ultima On-line: Mondain’s Legacy August 30, 2005 Launched a brand new race, elves, and a brand new talent, spellweaving. A number of dungeons had been additionally added.[citation needed]
Ultima On-line: Stygian Abyss September 8, 2009 Featured a brand new playable race, the Gargoyle; further play areas; and three new expertise: imbuing, throwing and mysticism.[62] Stygian Abyss additionally featured important upgrades to the Kingdom Reborn consumer, which has been renamed to the Enhanced Consumer. The unique consumer continues to be supported.[63]
Ultima On-line: Time of Legends 2015 New Areas: Shadowguard and Valley of Eodon; two new champion spawns; finishing the advantage system; many new gadgets; new skill-masteries; updates to traditional housing.[64]

Booster packs[edit]

At a public relations occasion on August 28, 2010 it was introduced that the event staff was transferring to a “booster” model improvement course of.[65][66] The said objective was to launch two boosters per yr.[67] Centered on additions to fishing, crusing and the pirate talent. 4 new ship sorts, improved ship motion, pirate NPCs to hunt, and new boss encounters are launched together with enhancements to the fishing talent like new kinds of fish and crustaceans to catch and an elevated talent cap.[68]


Digital Arts offers the usual purchasers with which gamers are allowed to connect with the Ultima On-line servers, although some third-party purchasers had been made.

The 3D consumer was initially launched as part of the Ultima On-line: Third Daybreak enlargement, however obtained poor critiques because of efficiency points (particularly reminiscence leaks early on) and sub-par graphics. An replace to the 3D consumer was made on January 30, 2006 when characters and creatures from the sport had been scaled right down to smaller sizes. As of early Could/Late April 2007, the Third Daybreak consumer was not supported by Digital Arts, and focus shifted to the Kingdom Reborn consumer and its successor the Enhanced Consumer. Digital Arts Ultima On-line servers don’t enable the Third Daybreak consumer to attach.

Screenshot from Ultima On-line: Kingdom Reborn.

Ultima On-line: Kingdom Reborn was a consumer Ultima On-line created in 2007 with up to date graphics. Kingdom Reborn was not thought-about an enlargement pack and could possibly be downloaded at no cost. A sequence of clues supplied by builders through an in-game occasion arc allowed gamers to discover a URL on the Ultima On-line web site whereby a easy message was contained in addition to a Flash film that includes screenshots of the upgraded graphics. Along with the upgraded graphics, there was a more recent, extra streamlined interface. A number of the modifications included sizzling keys, a scrolling bag configuration and a brand new character sheet.

Ultima On-line: Kingdom Reborn was introduced in August 2006 and was launched August 27, 2007.[69] The brand new consumer modernized the sport’s look, making it simple so as to add new content material with out backsliding by means of outdated and outmoded artwork, whereas sustaining the area of interest market as an MMORPG that may run on lower-end computer systems. Digital Arts referred to the Ultima On-line: Kingdom Reborn consumer as “2.5d,” which means that it was written in 3d after which moved into 2nd to make it simpler for lower-end computer systems to run. The consumer is out there as a free obtain.

Digital Arts initially said that the Ultima On-line: Kingdom Reborn consumer would exchange the long-standing Ultima On-line consumer. As of September 2009, the Kingdom Reborn consumer has been outmoded by a modified model of the KR consumer, now known as the “Enhanced Consumer”.[70] The Kingdom Reborn consumer not works on official shards.[71] The brand new “Enhanced Consumer” retains the rendering engine (together with particle results and light-weight supply rendering) from Kingdom Reborn, however not the KR graphics. Help for this consumer ended to streamline the patch course of previous to the discharge of the Ultima On-line: Stygian Abyss enlargement.[72]

A modified model of the Kingdom Reborn consumer, renamed because the “Enhanced Consumer”, was launched as a part of the Stygian Abyss enlargement. It was launched as an open beta in July 2009. Modifications included enhanced macro skills, a extra configurable interface, modifications to the mapping system, and graphical enhancements.[73] The improved graphics of the Kingdom Reborn consumer had been retired in favor of decrease decision authentic graphics that extra carefully resembled the unique 2D consumer. This graphic set was based mostly on the Third Daybreak consumer and was beforehand accessible within the Kingdom Reborn consumer as non-compulsory authentic graphics.

Different releases[edit]

Ultima On-line has had a number of particular releases that weren’t expansions or booster packs, however got here with boxed or in-game extras.

  • Ultima On-line: Constitution Version (September 30, 1997) was accessible to pre-order from Origin Programs on the launch of Ultima On-line and in small portions alongside the usual retail field. It included a signed lithograph of the Ultima On-line paintings by the Hilderbrandt brothers and a pewter pin badge bearing the Ultima On-line brand. The field was not signed by Richard Garriott, however merely bears a digital print of his Lord British signature. The Constitution Version included the material map that was additionally a function of the usual field, and included three months of subscription time, versus the only month included with the usual field.
  • Ultima On-line: Discovery Version (February 1, 2000) was launched to the Australian and New Zealand markets similtaneously the launch of the Oceania server for the area.
  • Ultima On-line: seventh Anniversary (September 25, 2004) was a particular launch of the sport to rejoice Ultima On-line’s seventh birthday. It included a extra just lately patched CD. This launch was contained in a small cardboard field containing a triple-CD jewel case, that includes Ultima On-line: Age of Shadows, but additionally included Ultima IX: Ascension set up and play discs as a bonus. A shiny booklet displaying the historical past of Ultima On-line expansions was included that contained historic artwork and an interview from the Ultima On-line staff and group leaders. It included a code for an in-game present, one among which was Ultima On-line’s well-known Hilderbrant print, an additional character slot (a complete of six characters was now accessible) and seven buddy registration codes.
  • Ultima On-line: Gold (July 18, 2005) was bought by Wal-Mart and consists of the identical content material as Ultima On-line: Samurai Empire. This version got here with an Superior Character token code and quick-start handbook.
  • Ultima On-line: The Eighth Age (September 25, 2005) was a boxed recreation CD with an array of in-game tokens. The discharge was to rejoice Ultima On-line’s eighth birthday. The field included an patched recreation CD, a shiny booklet that includes an atlas of Sosaria, in-game tokens for an anniversary present (selection of 8), a personality switch, a complicated character, a 45-day free trial code and a time-limited blue soulstone.
  • Ultima On-line: ninth Anniversary Assortment (October 31, 2006). Previously generally known as “Eve of a New Age.” This got here with an in-game improve code that redeemed 9 “Heritage Tokens”, “Crystal” and “Shadow” gadgets which matched new housing tile units within the recreation, and attendants, which took the type of NPCs. These could possibly be set to announce a participant’s presence in a home or to comply with the participant round on the map. The Heritage tokens could possibly be redeemed for a number of sorts of things together with particular armor, weapons, and home ornament gadgets in numerous themes (Three fruit timber, a set of rugs, tables, a damaged furnishings set, a “darkish” or evil furnishings set and extra).


Two sequels had been deliberate by Digital Arts, however each had been canceled throughout improvement in order that extra focus could possibly be spent on the unique.

  • Ultima On-line 2, later renamed Ultima Worlds On-line: Origin was introduced in 1999. It was so as to add steampunk components to the fantasy setting, set in a world the place the previous, current and way forward for Sosaria had been merged by a mistake made by Lord British whereas making an attempt to merge the shards of the Gem of Immortality. Todd McFarlane was employed to design authentic monsters and areas for the sport, in addition to assist form the story. It was cancelled in 2001 earlier than its launch, citing the aggressive nature of the massively multiplayer on-line gaming market—Digital Arts feared the sequel would hurt Ultima On-line’s subscription numbers. A number of the monsters and artwork made for the sport had been later used within the Ultima On-line enlargement Lord Blackthorn’s Revenge.
  • Ultima X: Odyssey was a brand new MMORPG to be set in a world named Alucinor, created by the Avatar after the occasions of Ultima IX: Ascension. It was cancelled in 2004 when Digital Arts closed Origin. The Odyssey staff was invited to maneuver to the Bay space to complete the sport. Nevertheless, solely a small variety of individuals accepted the switch. Ultimately, Odyssey was cancelled as a result of the event staff dissolved.


In the course of the recreation’s Could 1996 alpha testing, there already shaped over a dozen player-created guilds.[74]

Shadowclan is a guild that gained notoriety inside the on-line gaming group[75] in 1997 by taking the place of non-player character orcs in Ultima On-line.[76] Former clan administrator Ogur was interviewed about Shadowclan in Massively Multiplayer Video games For Dummies.[77] A reference to Shadowclan was written into the official Darkish Age of Camelot documentation.[78]

Followers of Ultima On-line reverse-engineered the sport to provide server emulators of the unique Digital Arts servers.[79] With emulation server software program it’s attainable to customise most features of the sport and assist massive numbers of concurrent gamers on a single server.


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