Here’s what Ultima Online looks like in a real 3-D client

    
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We all well know that Ultima Online is a partly 2-D game; the game world is made up of a largely flat graphics, even as the character and mob models are 3-D and animated. But what if it could step through a magic portal and become a fully 3-D world, where the character is detached from that near-isometric view and the camera can follow along behind? That’s just what players have attempted to engineer with the Iris2 client, a project that drew original UO creator Raph Koster out to talk about how he wanted to see this happen for real back in the day.

“I actually wanted Origin to do this for real; instead, there was a series of [Ultima Online 2] attempts,” he wrote. “When a 3-D client finally did come along, it wasn’t at all like this. Of course, it totally exposed all the tricks we used in 2-D, like the roof line or the fact that mountains weren’t actually very high. On the other hand, if this had been done during the EverQuest era, pre-WoW and maintained since in the days since, with stuff like tile-based housebuilding, I suspect it could have stayed competitive for a while.”

Want to see what Ultima Online looks like as a 3-D game? Prepare yourself for a lot of weirdness after the break!

Source: Twitter

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David Harrison

It kind of remind me of like an early alpha version of EverQuest.

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kofteburger

Fascinating.

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Steven Seder (Womb Raider)

1st mmorpg best mmorpg any 1 that played this has been looking for a game like this since 1997. I was a PK on chesty and counselor catskills

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Neurotic

Wow! I’m staggered by this. It doesn’t look much worse than some of today’s indies. Amazing job, Iris peeps!

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Arktouros

After the Legends of Aria devs pulled a bait and switch on their game I decided to go to one of the community servers Legends of Ultima and they’ve done a pretty fantastic job of creating the game and feeling. They’re also working on a project to rebuild the entire Ultima Online map here as well.

https://www.legendsofultima.online/

Super solid devs, very helpful community, all around pretty great and amusing for what many people would say should be a non-stop gankfest :)

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Mick the Barbarian

Bait and switch? You mean giving customers PvE and PvP rulesets like they said they would in the first place?

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Arktouros

It’s pretty much a textbook case of bait and switch. For the entire development cycle of Aria they talked up PvP and the freedom of interaction between players. Then literally 2 weeks before launch they said “Oh btw, reversal, now the game is 80% PvE.”

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G0dl355

I don’t understand how this game doesn’t have a sequel ( or remaster ) using current tech. I mean they’re just leaving money on the table.

semugh
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semugh

yeah, UO is the true classic game. Both of my 20+ year old account is there with all the toons waiting for my return. It’s just freaking good. (of course my castles are gone lol)
Ty for going F2P and please put it on steam.

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Rialto

It actually looks almost as nice as Legends of Aria. I’d absolutely play a shard that implemented this client, and am kind of hoping someone does make one now!