There is a lot of renewed interest in Ultima these days. We’ve seen a couple of recreations of the classic games and now we have a brand new version coming to iOS devices, especially the iPad. I’ve been longing for Ultima to make an appearance ever since I bought my first iPad three years ago. It seemed the perfect platform, but alas, neither Electronic Arts nor Lord British was able to make it happen. Until now.
The long wait is nearly over as Ultima Forever – Quest for the Avatar has been spotted in the Canadian App Store and hopefully that means a worldwide release is imminent.
Normally I shy away from “free” games especially from studios like EA and Gameloft. Their Freemium games come riddled with bugs, are light on content and heavy on asking for handouts in the form of real money to progress through the game. I’d rather buy the game and put an end to all this micro transaction business.
But this is Ultima and I’m willing to take a risk. There is an in-app purchase of keys for $1.99, but I don’t know how frequently you will need to go back to the well to replenish those. Buying two sets of those still makes this a $4 game, which sounds great to me.
The screenshots look very good and with a download size of nearly 1GB, it appears they put some time and effort into the visuals.
I can’t wait to get my hands on this release, just to try it out. I really hope EA has balanced the game play without getting manically greedy. Again, I’m more than willing to pay for the game instead of getting it for free and buying these keys.
Canada has their copy, the rest of us will just have to wait and see when we can get ours.
From Ultimate Forever – Quest for the Avatar
Set twenty-one years after the events of Ultima IV, the world of Britannia is slowly being engulfed by the Black Weep. It is a faceless plague that consumes the spiritual, instills fear in the valorous and corrupts the honorable. Lady British has called forth for heroes like you to help save the world before it is consumed by the endless dark. It’s up to you and your fellow players to help save the land. Delve into this expansive saga as you search for a cure to the Black Weep, and meet many of Britannia’s inhabitants along the way. Choices are a big part of the experience in Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, and decisions should be made wisely as they may have a later impact.
SAVE THE WORLD OF BRITANNIA
The faceless plague of The Black Weep is creeping across the world and corrupting its inhabitants. Britannia needs heroes like you to find a cure and stop the spread of the endless dark. Will you heed the call?
JOURNEY WITH FRIENDS
Form parties with up to 3 other heroes and venture into challenging dungeons. Slay your enemies and stop The Black Weep in fast-paced co-op action combat.
EXPLORE AN EXPANSIVE WORLD
Delve into an epic saga as you fight terrible foes, meet the people of Britannia, and travel across a vast open world. Immerse yourself in hundreds of hours of heroic quests and dungeon exploration.
Great danger is not without its benefits. Discover rare items and treasures to enhance your equipment and abilities. Seek out epic gear to build the perfect hero.
As you quest, you’ll have to make tough decisions, so choose wisely – there could be consequences.
Ready to become the Avatar of Renown? Experience the definitive RPG now!
Need help with Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar? Please visit www.ultimaforever.com/faqs
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- Ultima IV – Quest of the Avatar – For iPad
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- Ultima Auction by Rustic Dragon
- The Complete Ultima Series on sale for $8.94 at GOG.com
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- Ultima Online – On Steam? As part of Steam Greenlight?