EA will be closing down online services for Lord of Ultima on May 12th, 2014, and shuttering the game itself on that date.
It has been a while since last we saw an Ultima Forever update or heard from its developers. What’s going on?
Dallas Snell left a lengthy statement on the Shroud of the Avatar forums in an attempt to address the recent controversy over pledge gifting.
Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot are no longer in Mythic’s hands; Broadsword Online Games has taken over operations for both MMORPGs.
A small collection of controversies erupted late last week over the issue of Shroud of the Avatar pledge gifting. In case you’ve missed what’s going on or are confused by it, here’s my attempt at a primer on the situation.
Joseph Propati has made the digital assets for his board game adaptation of Ultima 1 available for download here at the Ultima Codex.
Scott “Lum” Jennings posted a couple of pictures to the Shroud of the Avatar forums showing a number of the development team’s Avatars having an in-game meet-up.
A new Update of the Avatar has been posted to the Shroud of the Avatar site. Topics this week include Release 2 Perspectives from the Portalarium team, the Pantheon cross-promotion, Hearts of Britannia, new Founder Rewards, Stretch Goals, and Founder Pledge Gifts. And of course, a new Blade of the Avatar chapter is out.
Max Leibman’s Ultimate Quest, an Ultima-inspired old-school RPG, was unsuccesful in its attempt to crowdfund via Kickstarter.
Dino the Dark Dragon has updated his Ultima 1 savegame file reference spreadsheet, which he created back when he was working on Ultima 1 Revenge.
Dino the Dark Dragon has updated his old Ultima 1 guide. Check out his new Complete Guide to Ultima 1: The First Age of Darkness.
Goldenflame Dragon has updated the layout of the website for his Ultima-inspired, browser-based game, The Dark Unknown.
The latest piece of the map of Novia, the setting of the first Shroud of the Avatar game, has been revealed. And with it, a town has disappeared from the island.
Iceblade has released a download of one of the new books that the Forgotten World project will be adding to Ultima 9.
A short, cryptic update has been posted to the Ultima IX: Redemption website.
Announcing the Fan Project of the Year for 2013: Ultima IX: Redemption!
It’s getting more and more difficult to keep the Ultima Codex up to date, and another editor or two who could help post news would be a welcome addition.
Starting today, there’s a new cross-promotion going on between Shroud of the Avatar and Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen, which is an MMORPG from Visionary Realms currently trying to raise money via Kickstarter.