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Ultima Forever comes to an end months after closure of EA Mythic

EA will shut down online services for Ultima Forever on Aug. 29, the company confirmed on the game's official forum. The decision follows the closure of developer EA Mythic in May as part of an ongoing push to concentrate mobile game development in other EA studios. "This was a very difficult decision for us to make," reads the post. "We've seen the game through ups and downs, and hope that you've enjoyed playing it every bit as much as we had making it! Through it all, it's been players like you who've made it all worthwhile." Over the next month until its closure, rewards will be boosted, equipment degredation will be disabled, gold key drop rates will be increased and the in-game store will no longer sell premium currency. Ultima Forever follows on 21 years after the events of U...

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Commodore 64 version of Ultima 4 hits iOS for free

The Commodore 64 version of Origin Systems' Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar has been ported to iOS and released for free by U.K. developer Elite Systems. Ultima 4 places players in the fantasy realm of Britannia, ruled by Richard Garriott's long-running in-game representative Lord British, and sets them on a quest to master the principles of eight heroic virtues. The classic RPG recently received a mobile spiritual successor in the form of Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, a modern, free-to-play remake from EA Mythic. According to the C64 version's description on the iTunes App Store, Elite Systems' port was made free-of-charge "courtesy of Mythic studios." The game's main menu also promotes Ultima Forever on the App Store, implying that the C64 version's release is a...

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Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar is 'less binary and simplistic' than Ultima 4

BioWare Mythic's Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar will feature all the quests, towns and even non-playable characters from Ultima 4, but the game will be less binary and simplistic, according to creative director Paul Barnett. In a demo of the game, Barnett said Ultima Forever contains everything players would expect from an Ultima 4 remake, such as quests, answering people's quandaries, proving yourself to towns and mastering mantras. But the studio has made the game for "the modern world," which means it includes features like multiplayer, an in-depth BioWare story, high fidelity graphics and weather. The game's design is also less simplistic. "In the original Ultima 4, you would have to find these runes, and the way you found them was you stood in one of eight spaces, and you...

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Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar hits iOS soon, Android version in the works

Free-to-play. Spiritual successor. Homage. These are not the sorts of things I like to hear bandied about when someone is showing off a new Ultima game. But that's exactly what Ultima Forever: Quest of the Avatar is: A free-to-play spiritual successor to Ultima 4 that is mean to be an homage to the beloved role-playing game franchise. In the game, set to be released "soon" for free on iOS, players drop into a Britannia 21 years after the events of Ultima 4 and are sent on a mission by Lady British, daughter of the now-retired Lord British. (The game features Lady and not Lord most likely because franchise creator Richard Garriot retains the trademarks to the Lord British character.) The land is under attack by the Black Weep plague and Lady Britannia needs your help. While the game...

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BioWare Mythic undergoes name change, reverts back to Mythic

BioWare Mythic is now known as simply Mythic, after undergoing a name change this week, the company announced on its official Warhammer Online website. "In the wake of a new focus our studio has recently changed its name from BioWare Mythic to Mythic," reads a statement from the developer. "Everything else stays the same - our passionate teams will continue to support and develop our existing titles as well as working on some new and exciting projects." Mythic's history of name changes stems back to 2006 when the company was purchased by EA. After adopting the name EA Mythic for two years, the studio reverted back to its original name in 2008, Mythic Entertainment. The following year it was announced Mythic and BioWare would combine forces as part of an RPG/MMORPG division helmed by...

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Ultima Forever will be 'very respectful of the original' says BioWare

BioWare is taking the classic role-playing game series Ultima in a new direction. Announced last week, Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar will be a free-to-play, cross-platform adventure for the iPad and PC. That may sound like an unwelcome revival of the franchise for Ultima fans who remember the influential RPG series fondly and hope for something grander than typical free-to-play fare. BioWare Mythic says it's well aware of Ultima's storied history and hopes to deliver a "respectful" sequel to Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar. "We're very respectful of the original work," Ultima Forever lead designer Kate Flack told Polygon at Comic-Con. "It shaped our industry and it shaped RPGs. It's people's memories. It's important that people who played the original games don't feel like we're...

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'Ultima Forever' is BioWare's new free-to-play, cross-platform RPG

BioWare is reviving the Ultima series with Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, a new cross-platform action role-playing game that will be released under Electronic Arts' Play 4 Free label. According to the game's official web site, "the first great Western RPG has been lovingly restored" with Ultima Forever, which lets players take on the role of a combat-focused Fighter or the spell-casting Mage to "travel alone or with friends, restore virtue and become the Avatar." Lord British appears to have been replaced by the new ruler of Britannia, Lady British, in the Ultima revival. The game will be available on both the iPad and PC later this year. "There's a fundamental shift underway in how gamers play and pay for games, and Electronic Arts is a leader in providing new business models...

Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Mythic Entertainment
  • iOS
    • Released 08/09/2013
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Mythic Entertainment
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