Producer Letter

Posted by Bonnie Armstrong | 2014 Feb 04 22:32 -0500 GMT

Greetings Everyone!

I come to you with some exciting news!  Since its humble beginnings at Origin Systems Incorporated in 1997, through development at EA Redwood Shores and for the last 7+ years at Mythic, Ultima Online™ has been enjoyed by millions of devoted players around the world.

Beginning February 1st, 2014, Mythic Entertainment Co-Founder Rob Denton’s new studio: Broadsword Online Games (http://www.broadsword.com) will partner with EA’s Mythic Entertainment to operate, support and develop Ultima Online on EA’s behalf.  Electronic Arts will continue to provide billing and account services through its Origin™ portal.   Broadsword and Electronic Arts will work closely together to ensure a bright future for Ultima Online.  For future inquiries and support, you can contact UO@broadsword.com.

The UO team will continue to work as hard as ever under our new banner.  In the immediate future, we will be putting out a publish for Valentine’s Day and a few bug fixes, along with polishing a final release of Vendor Search.   I will be putting out a list very soon of all the features we will be working on this year to get everyone’s feedback as well as some updates regarding our ongoing projects.

I know this has left everyone with a lot of questions, so I will try to answer a few right off the bat.  As always we will collect any additional questions and try to answer them as they come in. 

Talk to everyone soon!

Bonnie “Mesanna” Armstrong
UO Producer
Ultima Online

2014 Feb 04 22:32 GMT

Developer Interview

Posted by Tim Chappell | 2013 Mar 26 14:55 -0400 GMT
UOForums.com recently posted an interview with Ultima Online’s lead artist James “Onifrk” Crawly.  There are many great questions about the art process for UO and insights into how he came to be a member of the Ultima Online team. Head over to UOForums.com and check it out.
2013 Mar 26 14:55 GMT

Developer Interview

Posted by Tim Chappell | 2013 Mar 05 17:29 -0500 GMT
An interview with Ultima Online's Lead QA, Michael "Misk" Armstrong, was recently published on the UO Forums. The interview contains lots of interesting information such as where the name Misk came from and what's the biggest challenge in supporting UO. Be sure to head over to the UO Forums to check it out.
2013 Mar 05 17:29 GMT

THE YEW TIMES - A Newspaper for Sosaria

Posted by Tim Chappell | 2012 Dec 15 15:40 -0500 GMT

Written by members of the community


Issue 10

WORLD NEWS


FROSTMAN

We have just received a report from Castle Blackthorn, to be on a lookout for a LIVING snowman? It seems that Captain Julius has hired a team of old retired mages from the Mage Tower to make use of all of the snowmen that have been turned in from the Clean Up Britiannia campaign. We were not informed of what the mages were actualy working on, or for what purpose. The walking snowman was named "Snowy the Frostman" which later escaped the castle and was last seen heading into the north woods. We are informed that the snowman is potentially dangerous and should not be confronted but if anyone should see him, to please contact your local Magistrate. We will be continuing this story as it develops...

2012 Dec 15 15:40 GMT

Holiday Season Contest Update

Posted by Tim Chappell | 2012 Dec 06 15:50 -0500 GMT
There have been some very creative Holiday Contest entries submitted to our friends at UO Stratics. Though the deadline to submit entries has passed, you can now choose the winners by casting votes for your favorite UO Holiday House. Just go to the Holiday Season Contest Voting Page and select your favorite!


2012 Dec 06 15:50 GMT

Developer Interview

Posted by Tim Chappell | 2012 Nov 30 15:00 -0500 GMT
As many of you already know, one of our Event Moderators joined the development team as an Associate Designer. EM Dudley, aka Kyronix, was recently interviewed by UO Forums. The interview is full of some great information regarding his transition from EM to Associate Designer and what it's like joining the Dev team. Head over to UO Forums to check it out.
2012 Nov 30 15:00 GMT

THE YEW TIMES - A Newspaper for Sosaria

Posted by Tim Chappell | 2012 Nov 27 16:52 -0500 GMT

Written by members of the community

Issue 10

WORLD NEWS


GRAVESITE PLUNDERED

The town guard is looking for information regarding the recent disinternment of a local man's body from the Yew cemetary. Jethro Mctavish had been buried three days prior, and there is no indication that the corpse had been defiled in any way. However, locals are convinced that the responsible party was looking for McTavish's coveted fried turkey recipe which he swore that he'd take to the grave with him. No additional leads have been pursued so far in the case.

2012 Nov 27 16:52 GMT

Ultima Online in Top 100

Posted by Tim Chappell | 2012 Nov 15 18:21 -0500 GMT
Once again, Ultima Online has made it to the top! Time recently posted a list of the 100 greatest video games of ALL-TIME and Ultima Online made the list. We are honored to be listed with so many great games and are truly proud of Ultima Online being "The Best of the Best".
2012 Nov 15 18:21 GMT

Contest Reward Change

Posted by Bonnie Armstrong | 2012 Nov 13 21:40 -0500 GMT
Greetings everyone,

I wanted to give everyone a heads up that after further review of the reward items for the House decorating contest, I have changed the reward from a Snowman to a hued Reindeer with the text, “Winner of the 2012 Holiday House Decorating Contest”. The reason for the change was due to the fact the snowman was not fitting for such a contest as only the hat and scarf could be hued.


 
2012 Nov 13 21:40 GMT

Ultima Online in Top 10

Posted by Tim Chappell | 2012 Nov 13 20:37 -0500 GMT
Complex Gaming recently published a list of the best PC games.  We are very proud to see that Ultima Online was ranked number 8 of the 50 Best PC Games of All Time!
2012 Nov 13 20:37 GMT

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