Evidence Suggests New Ultima MMO

The grandfather of MMORPGs, Ultima Online, may have a sequel in the works. Since its release in 1997, Ultima Online has seen the cancellation of two announced sequels, but it’s been seven years since this sleeping giant has stirred.

Originally developed by Origin Systems in 1980, the Ultima series has seen a dozen sequels and spin-offs over the years and was acquired by Electronic Arts in 1992. Recent happenings at EA have sparked rumors of a new Ultima MMO.

Here’s what we know:

We know there’s a secret project.

Paul Barnett, creative director of Bioware – Mythic, part of Electronic Arts, has written a few cryptic tweets that reference one or more secret projects. He reveals the inclusion of NPCs and conversations trees–features generally associated with RPGs.

We know that EA has recently enforced copyright laws for Ultima IV.

EA has put a stop to the free digital distribution of Ultima IV, a game first released in 1985, and has issued cease-and-desist orders to popular fan-made remakes.

We know EA is working on a new MMO.

Based on a recent job posting, we know that EA is looking for experts to work on a huge MMO project they have tremendous faith in.

We are currently looking for MMO expertise for an unannounced game at our Electronic Arts headquarters location in Redwood City, CA.

What we have in store is a challenge for you? It will be huge. It will be monumental and the technical challenges from the size, volume, and touch points will be awesome. You’ll love it and be eager to get to work each day.

Can you connect the dots?

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5 Comments on Evidence Suggests New Ultima MMO

angsty

On March 30, 2011 at 5:09 pm

what was the last failed Nu-UO called? Ultima X or something?

Bob

On March 31, 2011 at 10:37 am

too bad EA makes a failure of almost every title;( if it was garriott working on ultima again, it’d be good news, but since its EA, its not even worth being mentioned imo

look at all the bugged games they released in the past. its a shame they charge money for their unfinished betas!

Charles

On April 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Following through to the EA Jobs websites shows that the specific job posting you linked is actually for a new title in The Sims series. Of course, that hardly matches up with the tweets from Barnett, so there’s probably something going on still (and it’d be great if it were Ultima related!)

Jesse

On September 26, 2011 at 6:42 pm

As a Ultima Online fan since it came out. One can only hope they treat every unique aspect of the original with care. I really have no doubt if Ultima Online had todays graphics, sound and a little tweaking on other parts of the game. It would be beyond comparison. You can beat all the other modern MMO’s. Ultima just keeps going. (Crosses Fingers)

Tikuto

On January 28, 2012 at 7:51 am

Certainly this cannot be Lords of Ultima? Boring as hell…