The Ultima 9 Product Page on EA’s Origin Store Uses Box Art Made By an Ultima Dragon (Updated!)
If you go to the Ultima 9 page on EA’s Origin digital storefront, you will see this box art displayed there:
Well, as it turns out, this art doesn’t come directly from any of the materials that would have shipped in the game’s box, nor was it taken from the game’s box art. In fact, it is a cropped version of a CD cover —
for the game’s soundtrack the Dragon Edition of the game didn’t include a CD inlay for the game disc — made by Jens “Daimos Dragon” Hoenscheid. You can see it, and the other CD covers that Jens made, in the gallery at the top of this article. (He quite graciously provided the image set for this article.)
No credit for Jens appears on the page at the Origin store, and one wonders just how whoever put that product page together went about selecting box art. Is it so hard to find correct Ultima 9 box art online?
The First Age of Update: Jens did a bit more digging, and his guess is that EA probably took the image not from him directly, but from a collection of fan-made game covers that were put together for the GOG releases…which of course make use of Jens’ artwork for the Ultima 9 cover.