Ultima Online pegs March for update 108, teases something big for the ‘largest audience ever’

    
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Ultima Online’s first newsletter of the new decade is a hodge-podge, but let’s get to the big tease first. What is it? We don’t know, but we have guesses.

“The team has spent the better part of January thinking about what the future of Britannia looks like. For over two decades players from all over the world have been part of the Ultima Online experience. Those players have forged a legacy that will live on for generations. For those who have been part of that legacy, you know the joy and excitement that comes with calling yourself a Britannian. To build on that legacy and bring Ultima Online to the largest audience ever, the team is in the early stages of designing and building our biggest and boldest endeavor in over a decade! We are incredibly excited about the future and cannot wait to share the journey with you!”

Fingers crossed that “largest audience ever” means Steam; Broadsword has been trying to bring the game to Steam for literally years at this point, but EA has nixed it at every turn.

What else is on deck? Broadsword Producer Bonnie “Mesanna” Armstrong says publish 108 will drop in March, bringing major changes to IDOCs – that is, houses “in danger of collapsing” – such that folks camping them hoping to score loot will no longer be able to see decay states on house signs. There are changes inbound for the event moderator team, new vet rewards (pig mount!), new ladders and spiral staircases in the cash shop, and plans to tweak several chunks of content, including the Maritime black market and multiple quests.

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MacroPlanet
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I remember awhile back, maybe a couple of years ago, they mentioned they were working on new art for the game. Maybe this has something to do with the update?

Would love a steam client; wouldn’t even mind having an iPad OS version of the game to chill and play with. An isometric game like this could technically work with fingers instead of a mouse. Not sure how all the backend stuff would work though.

Whatever the news, I’m excited to see what they have in store for one of the OG mmorpg. Any word when we may hear more about this?

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Adam Russell

VR!

Zeph
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Zeph

I agree that it’s most likely Steam. EA seems to have opened up to Steam again, likely due to Valve’s adjustments to the revenue share. Getting the game on there could do wonders for UO, but it really needs to follow some work on the new player experience.

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kofteburger

EA has recently started putting games on Steam again so it may be Steam launch.

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Rhime

Sigh…I was hoping the game was finally going 3D upgrading from the 2D iso look of the old game. Too bad… :(

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squid

Could mean a progression server, but probably not.

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losludvig

“largest audience ever” I bet they’re hinting at bringing ultima forever back on ios/android /s
A game in which the quality of the key determined the contents of the chest

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PanagiotisLial1

It can mean steam

it also can mean a full client/ui redesign with even more improved visual

but no matter, you can call me already Very Interested to learn about it