Ultima Online Enters The Stygian Abyss

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Now in its twelfth year of operation, Ultima Online gears up for the Stygian Abyss expansion, which adds the game's largest dungeon and a new playable race - the gargoyle.


The Stygian Abyss expansion gets its name from Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss, the 1992 PC game that saw players exploring a vast dungeon in first-person view. Now that dungeon comes to Ultima Online, along with a new playable character race in the form of gargoyles. Gargoyles have long been a staple of the series, and now players will be able to take the flying stone creatures for a spin, with new skills such as imbuing, mysticism, and throwing. Oooo, throwing.

The expansion's existence was first revealed in 2007 accidentally on the Japanese Ultimate Online website, so EA's official announcement comes a bit late. Still, I suppose seeing a massively multiplayer online game soldier on after twelve years is cause enough for a press release. Ultima Online: Stygian Abyss is due out this summer.

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Man, I haven't seen the gargoyles since my Dad picked up Ultima VI: The False Prophet for the PC in what feels like a millenia ago. (Probably more like 1.5 decades)

Man that game was fun. The sheer depth and open ended-ness was sheer awesome back in the day. I got to go with tslothrop on saying that I REALLY want to see the trilogies remade and re-released on either console or PC (preferably PC).

Many games have gotten face-lifts with some having surprising degrees of success since Super Mario All-Stars did it on the SNES a long time ago. I would REALLY like to see the original Ultima series get that kind of treatment.

Come on Garriott! You're back from your space trip! Make it happen!