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.