Ultima IV Released For Free, Ultima Games Available on GOG

June 2, 2011 -

You may recall that earlier this year Electronic Arts shut down a number of Ultima IV remakes, but wouldn't publicly say their reasoning for it. After all, EA was well aware the game was widely available on the Internet for a long time, and several indie developers had made remakes or reworked the old code to work better on modern operating systems. Today they revealed why: because they wanted to give it away free as part of its 30 year anniversary of the series.

To that end, EA and BioWare Mythic are offering a free PC download of the classic RPG Ultima IV, one of the most heralded RPGs in gaming history. The download is available at the newly launched Ultima heritage site, www.UltimaForever.com.

For now, the Ultima Forever website offers the download for Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar, and some slight information on EA's MMO Ultima Online. Hopefully they will offer more information on other classic Ultima games as well as Ultima Underworld in the future.

And on a related note, Good Old Games is offering classic PC editions of Ultima Underworld and Ultima Underworld II. The games  have been re-mastered for current PC operating systems and are available today on GOG.com. Additional re-mastered Ultima titles will be available on GOG in the future. Wing Commander: Privateer and Dungeon Keeper are also available today. In all, 25 classic EA games are coming to Good Old Games.


Comments

Re: Ultima IV Released For Free, Ultima Games Available on ...

I've been watching Spoony review this series at 'That guy with the glasses' website and have been thinking about giving it a try.

 -W

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

Re: Ultima IV Released For Free, Ultima Games Available on ...

I missed the whole Ultima series when it first came out, I was just into other things and I always thought it looked like crap.  I have since learned that my assessment was wrong.  I've been watching Spoony's retrospective on the Ultima series (funny, btw), and it looks interesting.  I may check this out.

EDIT - IV looks just aweful, at least graphically.  I'm sure the story is great, but the visuals and the control scheme are a real turnoff.  I may still check out Underworld, though.

Re: Ultima VI Released For Free, Ultima Games Available on ...

The article itself says "Ultima IV" whereas the title says "Ultima VI".  It had me a wee bit confused when you started talking about EA coming down on Ultima IV remakes but seeing the Ultima VI reference in the title.  So I take it the title is wrong?

Nightwng2000

NW2K Software

http://www.facebook.com/nightwing2000

Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

Nightwng2000 NW2K Software http://www.facebook.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

Re: Ultima VI Released For Free, Ultima Games Available on ...

...James, you know we love you, but for God's sake you need to learn to proofread things before you hit the Post button.

Re: Ultima VI Released For Free, Ultima Games Available on ...

Good luck there thad. Few problems though

1) He doesn't read his comments, he has to have his lacky "forward" the important ones to him

2) When a mistake is pointed out, it's almost NEVER corrected, even when the mistake is factual. Something small like spelling or grammar is not worth his time

3) Andrew will be here soon defending james, trying to make it sound like the constant and repeated spelling and grammar mistakes don't matter, and then picking apart our posts for content 'mistakes'. 

Re: Ultima VI Released For Free, Ultima Games Available on ...

1.  Far as I know, GP rarely reads the comments.  Posting an average of 10 stories every day is time consuming, you know?  I guess you mean me when you say "lacky" but I don't recall forwarding much of anything from the comments to him.  I've forwarded a few site suggestions to the developers and I've copied James on them, though.

2.  Really?  He corrected the errors I pointed out to him about this article.

3.  I double dog dare you to point out one instance of me ever doing that.

 

Andrew Eisen

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Which video game platform are you most thankful for?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Andrew EisenThe story you just linked to? The story you asked if anyone had seen? Yes, THAT obnoxiousness. I've heard it parroted for nearly two years now.11/27/2014 - 7:57pm
ZippyDSMleeAndrew Eisen: That shes an ex con man?11/27/2014 - 7:54pm
Andrew EisenI've heard the same obnoxious horse poo for years. It's nothing new.11/27/2014 - 7:45pm
ZippyDSMleeAlso anyone see this? http://guardianlv.com/2014/11/anita-sarkeesian-unmasked-feminist-icon-or-con-artist/11/27/2014 - 7:28pm
ZippyDSMleeEvil within is a badly designed game.11/27/2014 - 7:28pm
Andrew EisenSure but you said "widens," hence my confusion. Looking into it, yep, there's a tweak to completely re-frame the image, adding more info at the top and bottom. You apparently need a fairly beefy rig to keep it running smooth when you do that though.11/27/2014 - 6:48pm
Matthew Wilsonthere is vertical fov, not just horizontal fov11/27/2014 - 6:38pm
Andrew EisenWell, you can widen it to 3:1 or even 10:1 but I don't know why you'd want to. From what I understand it's the missing visual info at the top and bottom that some object to, not that there isn't enough on either side.11/27/2014 - 6:36pm
Matthew WilsonI think it widenss the fov, so you get to see more.11/27/2014 - 6:31pm
Andrew EisenI don't see how as doing so would not add any visual information to the top or bottom of the screen.11/27/2014 - 6:04pm
Matthew Wilsonfrom what I read, getting rid of the black bars and stretching it out made for a better play experience.11/27/2014 - 5:59pm
Andrew EisenFrom what I hear, there's a ton of "look up and shoot at the guys above you" stuff in the game that the wider frame doesn't accommodate such actions well.11/27/2014 - 5:55pm
Andrew EisenHaving a game run in scope is not necessarily a bad thing but like any aspect ratio, you have to compose your shots correctly.11/27/2014 - 5:55pm
Neo_DrKefkaThe Evil Within was pretty bad and to make it worse the way the screen size made it hard for you to see even on a big screen it really hurt the game. Being Artistic is great but when you focus on art rather than what sells you run the risk of that happen11/27/2014 - 5:33pm
Matthew WilsonI kinda hope this is not true. http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2014/11/nintendo_might_not_be_making_more_gamecube_controller_adapters_at_the_moment11/27/2014 - 1:34pm
Matthew WilsonI saw that. I wish people would stop preording, but sadly that will never happen.11/27/2014 - 1:26pm
Papa MidnightUbisoft has cancelled the Season Pass for Assassin's Creed: Unity (http://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/comments/2ni2ac/ubisoft_cancel_season_pass_for_ac_unity/)11/27/2014 - 1:08pm
NeenekoBut now I can use the christmas discount justification too,11/27/2014 - 11:46am
NeenekoI am also sorely temped by Civ:BE, mostly because I have a demo coming up and I know my productivity will tank.11/27/2014 - 11:45am
MaskedPixelanteThe Evil Within is only a month old, right? And it's already 66% off...11/27/2014 - 10:29am
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician