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EA releases new Ultima game, Lords of Ultima

EA releases new Ultima game, Lords of Ultima

Electronic Arts has quietly released a beta of a brand new game in the Ultima series, Lords of Ultima.

Electronic Arts has quietly resurrected one of the most highly regarded and important PC franchises of all time, releasing a beta version of a new Ultima game called Lords of Ultima.

Originally created by Richard Garriott, the Ultima series has been going since 1980 and consists of nine different RPG games in the main story, though there are many spin-off titles too.

Fans who are hoping to get a slice of Ultima's classic RPG action though will likely be disappointed that the new Lords of Ultima is an online-only strategy game with MMO elements. Richard Garriott isn't at all involved in the title either and, from what we can gather, it isn't all that focused on the Brittania either, the central realm in the original games. It's essentially Ultima in name alone.

Developed by EA Phenomic, who's most recent other title was last year's Battleforge, Lords of Ultima pits players against each other in an attempt to build a strong, stable empire. It's already been compared to other online RTS games, namely the controversial Evony, by the likes of RockPaperShotgun.

Lords of Ultima is still in beta according to the main site and EA hasn't exactly made a big hoo-hah over the release, so it's very possible that the game could change a lot before the official, final release.

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Digi 27th January 2010, 12:31 Quote
Well, this article is proof it got the publicity it needed by using the Ultima brand. Aside from that, it's going to fail, we all know this.
proxess 27th January 2010, 12:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Digi
Well, this article is proof it got the publicity it needed by using the Ultima brand. Aside from that, it's going to fail, we all know this.

+1

EA, please don't ruin the Ultima brand.
chocolateraisins 27th January 2010, 13:50 Quote
I still play Ultima Online...

One of the best MMO's ever in my eyes.
SMIFFYDUDE 27th January 2010, 15:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by chocolateraisins
I still play Ultima Online...

One of the best MMO's ever in my eyes.

+1

I loved pissing off the hardcore roleplayers with my character called The Dude
Denithor 27th January 2010, 15:31 Quote
...and EA successfully kills another classic...
nukeman8 27th January 2010, 16:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Denithor
...and EA successfully kills another classic...

You havent played ultima online recently then? Im afraid they killed it along time ago.
Their just trying to milk the name some
B3CK 28th January 2010, 01:29 Quote
I had just installed the comodore emulator a couple months ago to get back in touch with my old school gamer. Ultima was awesome and I spent many many an hour playing that back in the day.
Too bad their just milking the name.
Yemerich 28th January 2010, 10:20 Quote
Oh noes! This is Fallout 3 all over again?
"ultima that is not even in Britannia" is like "TES:Oblivion with guns"

Ultima series is the best all-time RPG series ever! EVEEEEERRR!!
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