Ultima Returns! Now For The Bad News...

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Not content with kicking sand in the face of Wing Commander fans with the dreadful Wing Commander Arena, EA is now turning its attention towards bringing us a new game based on the Ultima franchise.

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Look, EA, when I said I'd like a new Ultima game, I meant a new Ultima game. Not...this.

Meet Lord of Ultima, a "game where you build your own unique city and play with thousands of other players". It's been developed by Phenomic, the team behind Battleforge, and while I have no idea how it plays (the beta servers are currently full), I know one thing.

EA needs to stop this.

Ultima is not a house-hold name. It's well-known in PC circles, yes, but as a role-playing game. So why dig it up only to completely misuse it? It is, like Wing Commander, a nostalgic indulgence. People remember the series for what it was, and for what it did around the time of its release.

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Lords of Ultima could be great, I don't know, I haven't played it. But I know that, as an Ultima fan - surely the type of person EA is trying to appeal to by using the brand name - I don't much care for the way a cherished brand is being plastered over something completely unrelated.

[Lords of Ultima]

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WhiteMåge is in fact a boy, damnit

Because Escape from Mt Drash, Worlds of Adventures, Worlds of Adventures 2, Underworld, and Underworld 2 never happened.

From what I understand, those, too, are spinoffs, and they, too, have nothing to do with the series' gameplay. Spinoffs are not some terrible evil.

Also, the series has ended, so any game they make is going to be a spinoff no matter what, regardless of gameplay! Plus the gameplay is extremely outdated(apparently the latest main game relies on simply clicking fast.) so how the heck could they make a game that DOESN'T botch the gameplay?

As it stands, any new ultima game would

-Be a different plot

-Be radifcally different gameplay

I don't know why you expect them to make a game with outdated gameplay, or a game in a series when the series has ended. That's not very reasonable.