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.


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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?

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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.

 

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