ultima online

Official Site: Ultima Online
Studio: Broadsword Entertainment/EA (formerly Mythic)
Launch Date: September 24, 1997
Genre: Isometric Fantasy Sandbox
Business Model: Subscription (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster shares the secret of good social design in MMOs

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Raph Koster, the game designer behind Ultima Online, Star Wars Galaxies, and Playable Worlds' upcoming project, has posted yet another essay about MMORPG design,...

The Daily Grind: Do you usually pick low-pop or high-pop servers in MMOs?

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The other day, MOP's Carlo posted a pic of Black Desert's server selection screen, showing a ton of servers flagged "crowded" even at a...

The Daily Grind: What’s the oldest MMORPG character you still play?

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Every year or so we'll do a conversation topic about the oldest MMO we still play. But realistically, the same couple of MMOs always...

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster posts a manifesto on the future of MMOs

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Believe us, we here at Massively OP are dying to know all of the details about the online game project that Raph Koster and...

Massively Overthinking: What are your MMO character customization dealbreakers?

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Back in February, when BlizzConline was at its height, part of the World of Warcraft community lost its mind over the revelation that Blizzard...

Five pioneering game titles that laid the groundwork for MMORPGs

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The easy (and tired) joke to make is that WoW was the first MMO, but there were plenty of ambitious multiplayer games that predate...

Ultima Online releases pub 110, stresses that New Legacy is not just Classic UO

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Ultima Online's 110th update has officially rolled out to the live shards this week, and as promised, it includes tweaks to dynamic events and...

Perfect Ten: 10 ways that MMOs kind of used to be worse

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Believe you me, I know quite well the arguments that have been rehashed over the years about how the MMORPG genre and these online...

The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite MMO bonus for not-playing?

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So I've been playing a lot of City of Heroes lately, and I've roped in my son to play with me, which is always...
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The MOP Up: Destiny 2 sanctions unorthodox raiding

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Just because the devs think you're going to play the game one way doesn't mean that players aren't going to pour a whole lot...

Ultima Online’s Publish 110 nerfs auction hall access for free-to-play players

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As promised, Ultima Online's Publish 110 release has landed on the test server, offering players a first full glimpse into what this release entails....

Dark Age of Camelot plans Catch Up in Calendonia fast-leveling event, Ultima Online previews Publish 110 and New Legacy’s map

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Broadsword's antique MMORPGs are still chugging along, both with news of note this week. In Dark Age of Camelot, players are being invited for a...

Massively Overthinking: Are MMO chat bubbles the best thing ever or an interface eyesore?

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One of the more unassuming threads to blow up on the MMORPG subreddit lately was one that asked about - wait for it -...

The Daily Grind: What’s your absolute favorite dungeon in an MMORPG?

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A while back, I asked our readers about the most boring dungeons in MMOs. It's The Oculus, by the way. That's the only right...

The MOP Up: Valentine spirit sweeps through MMOs

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MMO Love Bear, shine! Warm fuzzies and romantical notions are washing through various online games this month in anticipation of Valentine's Day this month. Ultima...

Ultima Online has a string of narrative events rolling out all spring

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Ultima Online's latest newsletter is live, with a look at what's coming in the new future and some teases for New Legacy. For example,...

Players of Life is Feudal MMO share their thoughts and final moments before the game’s sunset

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This past December, we reported on the news that the MMO version of Life is Feudal was closing up shop on January 18th. In...

The best Massively OP community leaderboard polls, 2020 edition

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We didn't do quite as many Leaderboard polls this year as in previous years, largely because... well, we've already asked a lot of the...

MMO dev and astronaut Richard Garriott smuggled the ashes of Star Trek’s James Doohan to the ISS

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While we all know very well the story of Richard Garriott's $30 million ticket on board a rocket to visit the International Space Station...

The Game Archaeologist: Seven ways EverQuest reshaped MMO history

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To many veteran MMO players, the opening horns of EverQuest's score are enough to trigger vivid memories, violent hallucinations, and an unstoppable desire to...

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