Ultima X Tease

The Electronic Arts' X Event is online offering super-secret sign ups for an event to unveil the semi-secret Ultima X project. According the information passed along to us about the event by some loose lips, "Ultima X: Odyssey is the next evolution of online gaming," and the event to unveil the RPG will be held in San Francisco on August 21-22, 2003.
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Re: bleh
Jul 30, 2003, 17:58
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Re: bleh Jul 30, 2003, 17:58
Jul 30, 2003, 17:58
 
I wish it would be a single-player game like Ultima 7. The market is oversaturated by MMORPGs. Every company is shitting out a MMORPG... and they are all the same. This genre is stagnating and it got boring, it needs a refreshing.
But as this Ultima X: Odyssey will be a MMORPG I hope it will be truly innovative.
Nearly every next-generation MMORPG in developement will have private areas and private quests for single-player fans to enjoy. You take on a quest either alone or with a few friends. You get this quest in the open free area where thousands of players are and then you enter a private area and have some kind of a single-player experience.
Tabula Rasa will have this really great and innovative feature, Mythica will have this, too. Middle Earth Online and World of Warcraft will have a similar concept.
I really hope that Ultima X: Odyssey will offer something like this.
This could be the way to interest single-player fans in MMORPGs, too. Offer them special, scripted missions in private areas that they can experience alone or with a few friends.
Without such a feature Ultima X cannot be competitive against the MMORPGs mentioned above.
As Richard Garriott developed his idea for Tabula Rasa while he was still working at Origin (there his project was called Project X) there is a good chance that EA/Origin might use this idea. After all Garriott had to sign a contract when he left Origin that didn't allow him to create games for a year so that he didn't compete with Origin. If they use his concept they could release a game like this before Garriott does.

So I really hope that Ultima X will offer private areas and private quests with great stories so that single-player fans can also enjoy the game.
This would give the game more players which would mean more money for EA.

Otherwise this will just be a standard "no-one cares" MMORPG like any other out there.
This comment was edited on Jul 30, 18:04.
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bleh
Jul 30, 2003, 17:37
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bleh Jul 30, 2003, 17:37
Jul 30, 2003, 17:37
 
I only wish it would be like original UO was. But with all the carebears and people that would whine and cry about the rampant pk's EA would end up nerfing the PvP again. This will probably be just another boring EQ clone.

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Re: hmm...
Jul 30, 2003, 17:35
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Re: hmm... Jul 30, 2003, 17:35
Jul 30, 2003, 17:35
 
Too bad Ultima 9 was never really "finished." Hard to get too excited when the last effort was such a craptastic mess.


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Re: Hype
Jul 30, 2003, 17:18
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Re: Hype Jul 30, 2003, 17:18
Jul 30, 2003, 17:18
 
Bioware is doing a very good job with the RPG genre, IMO. While I loved Ultima 1-7...Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights have been enough to keep me thoroughly satisfied...especially with the module-creation design of NWN.

I don't think I'll be picking up Ultima X

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Re: Hype
Jul 30, 2003, 16:42
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Re: Hype Jul 30, 2003, 16:42
Jul 30, 2003, 16:42
 
Completely unexciting. EA sucks. They're really only interested in working on their precious Sims franchise. I wish that a company that cared about making another great single-player Ultima would come along and buy out the IP.

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Hype
Jul 30, 2003, 16:33
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Hype Jul 30, 2003, 16:33
Jul 30, 2003, 16:33
 
Without Richard Garriot (aka Lord British), who cares?

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Re: hmm...
Jul 30, 2003, 16:32
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Re: hmm... Jul 30, 2003, 16:32
Jul 30, 2003, 16:32
 
oh crap... it's gonna be an online game! here i was thinking the X was for 10. grrrrrrrrr. btw, the flash thing finally finished. it looks ok, just a bunch of enviroment shots, nothing special.

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Re: hmm...
Jul 30, 2003, 16:28
nin
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Re: hmm... Jul 30, 2003, 16:28
Jul 30, 2003, 16:28
nin
 
"Ultima X: Odyssey is the next evolution of online gaming,"

I can see it now: Evil Lord EA demands you pay a $15 a month tribute! If you refuse to pay, Lord EA will send Sims Online players onto the UO server.



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Re: hmm...
Jul 30, 2003, 16:26
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Re: hmm... Jul 30, 2003, 16:26
Jul 30, 2003, 16:26
 
the flash thing also has the slowest preloader in the history of websites. beware

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hmm...
Jul 30, 2003, 16:15
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hmm... Jul 30, 2003, 16:15
Jul 30, 2003, 16:15
 
yeah, so admittedly i'm real excited about seeing a new ultima game. that said im incredibly sceptical of it's quality considering the last installment.

out of curiousity, what style of RPG would everyone prefer it be? over the top ala NWN or BG2 with a set linear storyline, or first person style ala morrowind with a non linear world. we've seen both viewpoints in ultima worlds before, id like to see it more along the BG2 route.

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