Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar Announced
Sam Reimer / Jul 17th, 2012 1 Comment
For those new to the franchise, Ultima is series of fantasy RPG dungeon crawlers that first hit shelves in 1981 with Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness and has held strong over the thirty years. If you are one for back story and lore before stepping into a game like this; the Wikipedia page is recommended.
Ultima Forever will not be spinning its own tale in the series though; it will be retelling the story from Ultima IV: Quest for the Avatar. That’s why the title is so similar. Not to worry though, Ultima IV was a revolutionary RPG in the series; it departed from the usual kill-the-bad-guy scenario in previous RPGs and it challenged players to master eight virtues and become a spiritual leader.Although Ultima Forever isn’t going to be an MMO, it will allow you to play by yourself or in groups of up to four, and there will be a lot of players. Here’s the real kicker though, players will be able to play anywhere they want at any time. Ultima Forever will be playable cross platform with both PC and iPad.
“There’s a fundamental shift underway in how gamers play and pay for games, and Electronic Arts is a leader in providing new business models and new ways to consume content,” Said Dr. Ray Muzyka the general Manager and Co-Founder of Bioware.
This is all happening through EA’s Play4Free system, which already offers seven titles including Need for Speed World and Battlefield Heroes. Also aiding the venture is a thin-client which will allow the same experience over both platforms. Although Ultima Forever will be free to play it will not be poking your for money as some titles typically do, it will allow you to play how you want to with the opportunity to purchase items to play with in game.
Ultima Forever is currently in its ALPHA stage but, if you are interested, you can apply for the future closed BETA via the official website ultimaforever.com. If you can’t wait and feel like playing some free to play games now, head over to play4free.com.
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