EA Phenomic to Revitalize Ultima Franchise With Online Strategy Game

Thu, Jan 28, 2010


The Ultima RPG franchise has been around for almost 30 years, and yet the draw of the system hasn’t escaped some fans, namely those working for EA Phenomic, who is set to revitalize the Ultima franchise via the browser-based Lord of Ultima.

EA Phenomic is no stranger to the online gaming world, as they released BattleForge, a free-to-play strategy card game last year. Before EA acquired the company, the studio had worked on the SpellForce strategy and RPG franchise, making the team seasoned veterans when it comes to creating online games that people want to play.

Unfortunately, EA previously terminated two other Ultima games in the past, Ultima Worlds Online: Origin and Ultima X: Odyssey, before they were even completed. However, the release of Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn in 2007, along with the announcement of Lord of Ultima, seems to have confirmed EA’s renewed faith in the franchise.

As for Lord of Ultima itself, according to Gamasutra, the game finds players entering into a fantasy setting where they interact with other online gamers in building and managing cities unique to the player. For those who have played other RTS city builders, the gameplay mechanics here should look familiar, regardless that everything is set in the Ultima universe.

No final release date or pricing plan have been set for the game as of yet, but in the meantime, check out the game’s open, free to play beta to see if you might be interested in the final product upon its release.

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