Spam Spam Spam Humbug: Episode 43 – It’s Time for EA to Make a New Ultima
Electronic Arts Teases “a Couple of Mystery Titles” For Fiscal Year 2018; Plans to Reinvent Old IPs – “[EA Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen declined] to announce what the company has in store for fiscal year 2018 (from April 1st, 2017 to March 31st, 2018), but he teased that there are ‘a couple mystery titles’ that haven’t been yet announced coming, concluding with ‘excitment!’
On top of that, Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson mentioned earlier in the day that the film and TV industries have reaped benefits from ‘going back into the closet and taking IPs from many many years ago and reinventing them for the future world,’ and he believes that Electronic Arts is going to do the same thing as well.”
It’s fun to hope for a new Ultima, especially if it could he handled by a designer as demonstrably talented (and Ultima-crazy) as Ian “Tiberius” Frazier. Like as not, EA has dozens of old franchises and IPs to choose from if it wants to go and resurrect a title or two from last century. But…you know what? It’s high time that EA did something with the Ultima namesake, beyond continuing to prop up a single MMORPG.