Ultima Online Full PC Game
|Official Name||Ultima Online|
|Developer (s)||Origin Systems|
|Publisher (s)||Electronic Arts|
|Producer (s)||Richard Garriott|
|Designer (s)||Raph Koster|
|Composer (s)||Kirk Winterrowd|
|Platform (s)||PC, Windows|
|Release date (s)||24 September 1997|
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Ultima Online Download Free Full Game (UO) is a graphical massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), released on 24 September 1997, by Origin Systems. It was the first game of the genre to reach widespread popularity and has had immense influence on all later games of this type.
Ultima Online is a fantasy role-playing game set in the Ultima universe. It is known for its extensiveplayer versus player combat system. Since its release, it has added eight expansion packs, a booster pack, and dozens of free content updates. The release of Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn in 2007 brought a new game engine with a newer visual experience. Ultima Online Free Download.
Ultima Online is the product of Richard Garriott's idea for a fantasy game involving several thousand people who can all play in a shared fantasy world. There were a number of prior games that allowed hundreds of people to play at the same time, including Habitat (beta-tested in 1986), The Realm Online, Neverwinter Nights (the AOL version), and Meridian 59; however,Ultima Online was intended to be a significant improvement over the previous games, both graphically and in game mechanics. The initial team was composed of Garriott, Starr Long, Rick Delashmit, Scott Phillips and, a bit later Raph Koster, who became the lead designer for the project. Koster wrote a number of public «designer letters» and usually went by his nickname of Designer Dragon. Koster drew inspiration from a number of prior online games such asDartMUD.
The project started in 1995 and was presented to the public at E3 as "Ultima Online: Shattered Legacy " in May 1996. The development cost was much greater than traditional computer games; it relied on people accessing servers via modem. Ultima Online initial features included persistent player housing, skill-based character progression (without levels or classes), a crafting and player-driven economy, and unrestricted player-versus-player combat.
The Assassination of Lord British
Lord British, the in-game alter ego of creator Richard Garriot, was famously killed during an in-game appearance at Ultima Online's beta test on August 9, 1997. During a server population stress test, a player character known as Rainz cast the «fire field» spell, killing Lord British. Producer Starr Long blamed it on human error: Lord British's character, like others, had been made invulnerable to this kind of attack, but by design the invulnerability did not persist over several game sessions. When the server crashed shortly before the incident, Richard Garriott forgot to reset his invulnerability status. Shortly after, the administrators banned Rainz's account from the beta test for repeatedly exploiting bugs rather than reporting them. According to Origin, he was not banned for the assassination but rather for prior complaints against his account highlighted by this incident. Beta testers protested Rainz's ban as well as the actions of Long and other developers following the incident, during which his in-game character used a spell to indiscriminately kill other characters observing the assassination. Ultima Online Free Download PC Game.
MMOCrunch calls it the most memorable event in MMORPG History. According to Wired magazine
September 1997 was the last day of the original beta test. The beta ended with a bang, as players were treated to an «end of the world» scenario with Shadowlords, demons, and other evil creatures slaughtering every character in sight.
Origin era (1997—2004)
Ultima Online opened its doors to the public in September 1997. Upon release, Ultima Online proved to be very popular, reaching 100,000 paying subscribers within six months of release, despite severe lag problems. Subscriptions continued to grow for several years, reaching a peak of some 250,000 paid accounts.
In 1998, the game expanded, and the number of users reached over 100,000 worldwide. In 1999, the game expanded to Japan in January, to Europe in May, and to South Korea in July.
In 2000 Richard Garriot resigned from Origin, resulting in the disappearance of his in-game self Lord British. In-game roleplayers came up with various tongue-in-cheek speculations as to why the king had vanished, such as him perhaps being abducted by mongbats.
In February, a massive army of undead laid siege to the once peaceful city of Trinsic. Due to the overwhelming odds, the dark army managed to conquer the city under the leadership of Juo'nar and the Dark Mistress Minax. All hope seemed to be lost, but noble Britannians from all over rallied together and reclaimed the city from the clutches of evil! The game also expanded to Australia during the time.
In May, Ultima Online's second expansion marked the beginning of a new era in Britannia. With the splitting of the lands into the facets of Trammel and Felucca, players could choose their geography based on their play style. November 2000 marked the UO World Faire. Players from all over met and mingled in Austin, TX at Ultima Online's first official fanfest.
Ultima Online's third expansion occurred in March 2001, introducing the new land of Ilshenar, new beasts and monsters, and an entirely new way to view the game.
Ultima Online's second official fanfest, Online Worlds FanFest, was held in Austin, TX in January 2002. Players were able to meet the Developers behind the game, as well as special guest speaker Todd McFarlane. February 2002 marked Lord Blackthorn's Revenge. Ultima Online's fourth expansion brought players into a world under siege, replete with more than 30 new and exotic characters created by none other than Spawn creator Todd McFarlane. However, in May, Royal Knight of Britannia, leads the fight against Blackthorn and Exodus. He would be slain in June 2003. Ultima Online for PC.
Ultima Online's fifth expansion in 2003 was the most aggressive yet, offering players the ability to custom design their homes, the Paladin and Necromancer professions, a new land called Malas, and 13 new combat moves. In March 2003 Ultima Online reached 250,000 subscribers. Lord British returns in September 2003, the same month as the game's 6th anniversary.
Electronic Arts era (2004—2006)
The sixth expansion,Samurai Empire, launched in November 2004. Samurai Empire is a Japanese-themed expansion, offering two new professions, the Ninja and the Samurai, as well as new Japanese-themed housing tile sets. New lands, the Tokuno Islands, were added, with the cities being styled after ancient Japanese cities.
Ultima Online was the first MMORPG to reach the 100,000 subscriber base, far exceeding that of any game that went before it.
Subscriber numbers peaked at around 250,000 in July 2003, but then began a steady decline. In 2008 the game had around 100,000 subscribers. As of April 2008, Ultima Online held amarket share below 0.6% of the massively multiplayer online game subscriptions. This may in part be attributed to the 2004 release of World of Warcraft, which quickly established hegemony over the MMORPG market and has attracted scores of players from all preexisting games in the genre.
Expansion number seven, Mondain's Legacy, launched in August 2005. This was the first timeUltima Online allowed for more than one player race, as Elves were added. The quest system received a major upgrade, as did the crafting system. Spellweaving was added to the skills. Many new dungeons were added to existing areas. This expansion was also the first that was only available online (offline versions on CDs could be ordered). Mondain's Legacy would be the last in the long streak of annual expansions, with updates becoming more irregular after that point. Ultima Online Download Torrent.
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