Savage Empire & Martian Dreams Released on GOG.com (Updated!)
Akalaupdate: It would seem that GOG’s initial DOSBox/installation builds for the games had some issues. They have updated their builds, and the games should be free from issues now. Please uninstall any prior GOG-obtained installations of the games before attempting to install the new versions.
Original Post: Ultima Franchise Producer Jeff Skalski told us something would happen today that “hardcore Ultima fans” would appreciate…and his words proved true: GOG.com has today released the two Worlds of Ultima games, Savage Empire and Martian Dreams…for free! That’s right, Dragons and Dragonettes: every GOG.com member can download and play these two rare, offbeat Ultima games at no cost, now and forever.
There’s been a lot of clamour to see these games added to the GOG.com lineup, and I’m pleased to say that several members of the Ultima fan community came together to make it a possibility. The game data that was submitted to BioWare Mythic, and to GOG.com by them, was generously supplied by Pix and Sergorn Dragon, who between them made sure that the most recent releases of each game were handed over. Pix, Joe Garrity of the Origin Museum, and Steven “Xe Dragon” Dengler supplied maps, game documents, and bonus content that will be included in the GOG.com package. And over the course of a week or so back in May, I put all these disparate components together and handed it all off to BioWare Mythic.
Mythic then added their own little piece of awesome to the mix, requesting that GOG.com that release the games for free, alongside Ultima 4…as a gift to the Ultima fandom and a “thank you” to all of the series’ many devoted fans.
So, get yourself over to GOG.com and grab your free copies of the games today. And then click on over to the Savage Empire and Martian Dreams subdomains! There isn’t much at each, but a few interesting things do exist concerning both games.
The First Age of Update: There may be some issues, it seems, with character creation in one or both games. The exact source of the error is, as yet, unknown, and is being looked into. For Martian Dreams, at least, manually running game.exe seems to fix things, albeit at the cost of disabling the game’s soundtrack.