BioWare and EA Making F2P Ultima Forever

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    EA and BioWare are bringing back what is considered to be "the first great western RPG" in a new free to play title called "Ultima Forever".

    The official website reads, "The first great Western RPG has been lovingly restored in Ultima Forever - return to the Ultima series in BioWare's new cross-platform action RPG. Accept the challenge from Lady British and save the land of Britannia. Play as the Fighter or the Mage and travel alone or with friends, restore virtue and become the Avatar!"

    Richard Garriot, famed designer of the Ultima series, will not be involved however.

    No release date was announced, but a beta sign up can be found below.



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    What?! This is not the ULTIMATE RPG Garriot was talking about?

    *beep* THIS *beep*!


    ...LADY British?

    Oh gawd, KILL THIS WITH FIRE (preferably before release) :(
     
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    Garriot is apparently working on a spiritual successor to Ultima Online still.
     
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    Bioware seems to be EA little new slave for Online gaming...

    Hasn't anyone in EA noticed that Bioware isn't exactly the best company to be making YET another MMORPG? Just let them do Offline single player games, it's what they do best.
     
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    Yes, I know. That was the "ultimate RPG" I was talking about. This means he can't use Sosaria and the old characters, if he ever pulls it through.

    I'm a long time Ultima player (since I was 8), and have played Ultima Online for probably 10 years (till two years ago), and I'm utterly disgusted by how EA treats this great franchise.

    Give it back to Lord British, darn! He even expressed desire to continue it!

    Instead they give it to Bioware, which made the shameful Dragon Age 2. (obviously I'm sure this won't be up to DA1 quality)
     
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    It's not a MMO, it's a F2P title.
     
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    F2P and MMO are not mutually exclusive. There are F2P single player games with some kind of interaction between other players, F2P Multiplayer games, F2P FPS games, F2P MMORPGS...
     
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    I meant that it's only free to play, it's not a MMO.
     
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    Too bad EA killed the studio that made the Ultima series, and used their name to brand an intrusive alternative to Steam.
     
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    The way they acquire funding wouldn't make it any less of an MMO.
     
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    I love you, Bioware, but this does not sound encouraging at all.
     
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    I feel bad for Bioware.
     
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    Why is everyone so bumed? Ultima was a great rougelike, glad to hear of a free successor, but it is being published by EA...
     
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    It may not even be the actual Bioware, I've heard EA have been naming some of their other developer studios as Bioware because of brand recognition.
     
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    Oh! I always associated F2P as in some kind of MMO, that is actually F2P. Still... they could just remake UO with a few things updated (sound/graphics mostly cosmetic stuff) and it would sell like cupcakes...
     
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    Ultima = Lord Britiss

    I mean, look at Ultima 8 and Ultima 9, EA rushed the heck out of them, and they were reduced to crappy games.

    We're sure that this one too will receive the same treatment. Also,

    No Lord British = TOTAL CRAP
     
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    Sounds like they've been copying rockstar.
     
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    Side note: this is actually being done by BioWare Mythic, not the BioWare we usually think of. They were formally Mythic Entertainment and they did a number of MMOs like Warhammer Online recently.
     
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    Alright, I saw on the official page that it says "play alone or with your friends" So I guess it's a standard (Multiplayer) RPG. Though your source had MMO as a tag at the top of the page, which caused me some confusion at first
     
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    So this for PC? I'm interested nonetheless, heard a lot of things of this series.
     

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