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

Ultima Online is turning 26 years old today as New Legacy testing pushes onward

So, who wants to feel old this fine Sunday afternoon? Ultima Online has officially turned 26 years old as of today, and if you...

The MOP Up: World of Warcraft’s mighty banhammer strikes once more

World of Warcraft announced that it banned 145,566 accounts in August, saying, "All of these actions were for cheating or exploitation, which primarily result...

New indie MMO Legendarium Online claims inspiration from Ultima Online and Tolkien

Like a prairie dog popping its head above ground to check out the scene, a new indie MMORPG suddenly emerged to make its presence...
Looking back.

Vague Patch Notes: The specter of racially locked classes in MMOs and before

One of the things I've taken on multiple times in this column is the concept of gender-locked classes, which are bad, and if you...
Bad plans.

Perfect Ten: 10 of the worst launches in MMO history

Launch time is a difficult time for every MMO, and honestly, I have nothing but sympathy for the teams launching a new game at...

The Daily Grind: Where’s the sweet spot for challenge in your MMO of choice?

A while back, I spotted a graph on the Path of Exile subreddit that I'm pretty sure will resonate with lots of gamers and...
It's in the right spirit.

The Daily Grind: Is it ever too late to save a gankbox MMO?

Back in July, Pearl Abyss raised eyebrows by announcing plans to curb Black Desert guilds abusing wardecs to murder rival players with impunity. "It...

Vague Patch Notes: Internet killed the MMORPG star

If you ever need to understand why MMORPGs today look so different from how they looked back in 1997, there are a lot of...

NetEase announces another new MMO studio: Rich Vogel’s T-Minus Zero Entertainment

NetEase has made no secret of its goals for expansion in the west: It managed to snurch Jack Emmert away from Daybreak to build...

Ultima Online is running an in-game lottery for hopeful New Legacy alpha testers

Let me set expectations right upfront: Ultima Online's latest newsletter mentions New Legacy and even includes some pics from the game's legacy system, but...
No galaxy brain here.

The Daily Grind: Which deeply held MMO belief have you totally changed your mind about?

Let's normalize changing our minds in the face of better evidence and data, eh? I grew up in MMOs when it was fine and sometimes...

Massively Overthinking: Rescuing the worst economies in the MMO genre

As a hardcore economy player in most of the MMOs I play, I pay a whole lot of attention to the health of the...

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs have the best weather mechanics?

I am well aware that weather in MMOs is a very old concept; the first time I saw snow in Ultima Online feels like...

The Daily Grind: Have your opinions on MMO PvP changed over the years?

One of the first columns I penned for MOP after we went indie was a column about what I wanted from serious MMO PvP....

Perfect Ten: 10 memorable MMO marketing campaigns from the genre’s past

Believe it or not, MMOs get off easy when it comes to notorious marketing campaigns. Anything on the following list, good or bad, is...

War of Dragnorox pivots to Eternal Tombs moniker with new combat style and beta signups

If you ever missed the days of classic MMOs like Ultima Online, EverQuest, and Asheron's Call when live gamemasters put on events for the...

Massively Overthinking: Old zones vs. new zones in MMORPGs

I've been playing a lot of Lord of the Rings Online lately, in both very old zones from Moria and earlier and some of...
It ain't 2001 any more.

The Daily Grind: What MMO feature hasn’t been developed as well as it probably should’ve since the dawn of the genre?

Underwater anything. That's my pick. Ultima Online didn't have swimming, just boats, but Classic EverQuest rather impressively had full-scale underwater zones and underwater combat from...

Ultima Online announces a July 7 summer solstice BBQ event

If by next weekend you're still angling for some BBQ and aren't all partied out, and you also love classic MMOs, you're invited to...
I am not supporting this lizard-shooting quest.

The Daily Grind: Have you ever joined a volunteer guide program in an MMORPG?

The recent Anarchy Online debacle, whereby Funcom dumped its long-running Advisors of Rubi-Ka volunteer program with very little notice, really irked me, even as...