Ready for your daily dose of mad? It turns out Bioware Mythic (A division of EA leeching off the Bioware name) is coming out with a “new” Ultima game – a pseudo-remake of Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar to be exact.
Announced via Comic-con, Ultima Forever will be a free-to-play multiplayer re-imagining of the 1985 classic. So basically the same game many know and love, but with the very necessary and clearly beneficial addition of cash shops up the ass. It will be playable both on PC and on the iPad and will require the use of EA’s online distribution service Origin. Cross platform play is promised.
The most interesting part of this announcement might not even be the game itself, but the seeming confirmation that the EA Louse from two years back might have been the real deal after all. He was dead on about most of his SWTOR details before that came out, and the same seems true of this. His opinion of the game was hardly favorable, saying that “it sucks ass” and was highly criticised both by focus groups and EA’s own staff. The Louse wasn’t a big fan of team lead Paul Barnett either, describing him as “the crazy British dude who we have no idea of how he still has a job“.
It should be noted that the original Ultima IV is currently available for free over at Good Old Games. Those interested in getting a taste of what RPGs were like back in 1985 might want to take a look at that. Get it while you can, because with the remake on the horizon there’s no telling if and/or how long it’ll stay there.