Origin Systems Announces
Development of Ultima X Odyssey
is the press release officially announcing
development of another MMO Ultima game. There was also a press event yesterday
to unveil the project, and HomeLAN
Fed's Ultima X Odyssey Press Event Report
is a teaser article, pointing out
that the assembled scribes will be exposed to the game first hand today (so
expect one of those flurries of previews that typically follows such an event).
Meanwhile, a 21 MB gameplay trailer has also been released, and can be found for
download on FilePlanet
(registration required), Gamer's
(where there's also a smaller DivX
version), and Worthplaying
while the first screenshots from the project have been posted on GameSpyDaily
Here's a bit from the press release:
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug.
22, 2003--Origin Systems, an Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS
- News) development studio,
today announced the development of Ultima X: Odyssey(TM) (UXO), a next
generation massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) from the
award-winning Origin studio team. Powered by the latest version of the Unreal®
Engine and based on the renowned Ultima(TM) single-player role-playing series,
UXO will enable players to create personalized legacies in a massive new online
world and will be one of the first of its kind to offer private areas on demand
within the game.
"Ultima X: Odyssey takes the genre to the next level through its innovative
new Odyssey Adventure System ensuring that players experience a greater sense of
adventure and reward from both questing and combat," said Andy Hollis, vice
president and chief operating officer of Origin Systems.
UXO's proprietary and innovative Odyssey Adventure System delivers customized
quests to players automatically and enables private adventure zones, providing
adventures on demand as players journey through the world. An added bonus in
offering players private areas is that they can't be interrupted by
"griefers" and other uninvited guests.