Ultima Online starts testing pet patch, teases 20th anniversary plans

Did you realize before you saw this headline that the granddaddy of all graphical MMORPGs is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year? Yes, we are all that old, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

This week’s Ultima Online newsletter is short but packs a punch. The team reports that it has loaded Publish 97 onto the test servers with a huge focus on animal taming and pets. There are a ton of new pets to gather, including dinos, beetles, and dragon wolves.

The Ultima Online team is planning a 20th anniversary celebration in meatspace this September in Virginia, but if you can’t make it, there’s plenty of in-game surprises coming too.

Producer Bonnie Armstrong teased what’s coming later this year: “We are starting the planning stage for Publish 98 that includes a 20th Anniversary Event arc, Halloween, and Anniversary rewards […] One small teaser I will announce is one of the new items we are offering for the 20th Anniversary — a jewelry box!”

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Jeff

Broadsword is just a maintenance dev they aren’t interested in further development of either title….I fully expect DAoC to be shuttered once CU is released. It’s a shame too…they have two venerable IP’s that could bring them a great deal of income.

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Zeph

I’m glad that UO is still active, but sadly it’s no longer for me. The community is withering away and there doesn’t seem to be any interest on the part of Broadsword in trying to remedy that. The game badly needs the promised high resolution art upgrade, the fixed account management page, and a successful Steam launch.

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Michael18

Why did they abandon the plans for a steam release? It would be good for the game, imho. Maybe just EA being EA…

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