“The first great Western RPG” is back in business, but it’s a different sort of business, maybe. EA and BioWare are relaunching the series as a new, free-to-play title Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, with zero involvement from original Ultima creator Richard Garriott.
“Return to the Ultima series in BioWare’s new cross-platform action RPG,” reads the blurb over on the game’s official website. “Accept the challenge from Lady British and save the land of Britannia. Play as the Fighter or the Mage and travel alone or with friends, restore virtue and become the Avatar!”
A bit of independent research reveals that this is not, in fact, EA’s first free-to-play Ultima game – the company launched something called Lord of Ultima back in 2010. Never heard of it? Me neither.
There’s no other information about Ultima Forever available for the moment (including exactly which platforms are supported), although the game is already open for beta signups. You’ll need an Origin account, obviously.