Ultima Online tests invasion quest, teases future content

    
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It’s May, so that means it’s time to start planning for Halloween, right? Well, maybe if you’re Ultima Online. In the game’s latest newsletter, Broadsword says that it’s already looking past publish 93 to 94, which will bring back traditional Halloween events and conclude some of the storylines begun with last year’s Time of Legends expansion.

In the nearer future, however, the studio is pushing publish 93 to the test server and some of the smaller production shards for feedback. This patch includes the Myrmidex invasion quest, complete with new alchemy craftables and rewards; the newsletter also teases more distant content in the works, like website vendor search, a pet revamp, and an update for the oldish High Seas pirate content.

Long-term players can look forward to a year with copious rewards, says UO Producer Bonnie “Mesanna” Armstrong. “We have already begun working on Halloween, Anniversary Gifts, Holiday Gifts, Vet Rewards and a few new items for Thanksgiving,” she writes. “One of this year’s new Vet Rewards is a new mount… here is a hint: It has more than 4 legs!”

Source: Newsletter, patch notes
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TimothyTierless
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TimothyTierless

Some days I dream of UO, DAOC and WAR being sold to a non EA company that could revive them to their former glory but I suppose the tech is simply too far gone. UO2 (again), that sounds like a grand idea.

Polyanna
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Polyanna

This game is going to be 20 years old next year. That they’re still adding and improving things at all is just amazing. What is a realistic estimate for the total number of people still playing it regularly?

Bluetouchpaper
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Bluetouchpaper

If it was buy to play with an optional subscription I would buy this . Always wanted to check it out but for such an old game the subscription model as it stands puts me off .

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

breetoplay Sorenthaz Oleg Chebeneev Which is kind of irritating because I thought part of the deal with Broadsword was that they were getting to handle control of it UO/DAoC without EA interference.  And EA has been stubborn as hell with their stupid Origin platform that they haven’t released a game on Steam in over 4 years (unless you count DLCs/expansions for the Sims 3… lol).

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Oleg Chebeneev I dunno how serious you are, but yeah the EC is skinnable and tinkerable. You’d definitely want to download Pinco’s and trick it out.

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breetoplay

Sorenthaz Oleg Chebeneev They would lose so much money doing this that it’s not worth it. The game is propped up by people with multiple accounts for housing (houses are one per account on the regular prodo shards).
Steam might be a nice influx when it happens, but a few months ago Broadsword made it clear EA is the hold-up there. :x

Pugroc
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Pugroc

I don’t think there is much they can do to change it, the coding is so old and from what I understand not very good. There is a custom UI called Pincco’s which is quite a nice change. Some of us old gamers like the grahpic stye and besides this game isn’t about the graphics it’s about the gameplay and community.

The steam release is from what I understand being held up by EA since they own all the rights to the license.

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

I just downloaded Enchanted Client and tried UO. This game looks so outdated and UI looks so shit that Im not sure what developers were doing for decades. They could at least improve UI drastically so it didnt look like its early 90s and new gamers didnt uninstall it in the first 2 minutes.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Oleg Chebeneev They’d have to figure out an f2p model though and a way to make it so that it doesn’t alienate the long-term fans of the game.
B2P would probably be the better option.   $20 entry fee with the subscription becoming optional.  
Or I guess if they did the Runescape method that could work.  I.e. free to play but with restrictions as to how much you can do and how far you can go unless you pony up a subscription.

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

They should make it F2P and release on tablets