The Ultima Series Continues With Ultima Forever: Quest of the Avatar

By Ishaan . August 11, 2013 . 2:30pm

Electronic Arts have an Ultima RPG available on iTunes that’s an online, multiplayer action-RPG where you can team up with friends, explore the world, take on dungeons, and must eventually cure a plague named the Black Weep. Titled Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, the game was released this past week.

 

 

Ultima Forever has you taking on missions from Lady British, daughter of Lord British, in order to save the land of Britannia. EA describe the game as the first major Ultima title in 16 years.

 

Like a lot of other iOS games, Ulima Forever is a free-to-play game with in-app purchases. You can purchase rings of various keys to help you progress, and EA have been updating the game with graphical improvements and other tweaks to make the experience more pleasant.

 

Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar is out now on iOS devices and is headed to Android at a later date.


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  • GH56734

    *first major Ultima title in 16 years* :)
    ….. EA
    *free-to-play* *in-app purchases*

    … “Lady British”… illegitimate child?

    • Tom_Phoenix

      Considering how much of a ruthless tyrant Lord British was, that wouldn’t be so suprising. XD

      • bVork

        Well, Lord British siring a child with his maidservant Nell (right before her marriage!) is canon. So it’s highly likely that there are other children of his around.

  • https://twitter.com/BinksFrost Binks5

    whoa Ultima thats a name i havnt heard in awhile

  • Warboss Aohd

    or ya could wait fer dat one dat woz kickstarted.

  • Pockystix

    almost as weird as BoFVI

    almost

    • GH56734

      As another user put it, it’s like you had an abusive father who killed your beloved puppy, then after a few years excavated his rotten corpse and began animating it with strings in front of you.
      What exactly did kill the videogame industry back in 1982? A swarm of cash-grab games with abysmal quality?
      It’s not far from the actual situation in the iOS market, where almost good games (Layton Brothers) get overshadowed by myriads of … crap, like this one, shamelessly cashing on the established brand name for incredibly short-sighted profit goals, all the while killing more and more of their assets (loss of brand loyalty because of the awfulness and stark absence of creative integrity of said game).
      Popular series made iOS crap?
      Capcom: Breath of Fire, Megaman
      SE: Mana, Star Ocean, SaGa, Final Fantasy, and lots of other ones
      Hudson Soft: Tengai Makyou
      And that’s the tip of the iceberg…

  • SirRichard

    One of the grandfathers of all modern RPGs, a series that experimented and was more creative than most of its genre and even the industry, with such a detailed and cool world with so many little touches and a long-running, mostly consistent world is now an IOS free-to-play social game thing with microtransactions.

    And EA wonders why people don’t like them.

    • Altin

      One could write a complete book about all the sins and mistakes EA caused.

  • Spirit Macardi

    In the words of Spoony: “BETRAYAL!”

  • mirumu

    For those not so fond of free-to-play with in app purchases, the following link may be closer to the Ultima you’re looking for.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/portalarium/shroud-of-the-avatar-forsaken-virtues-0

  • EmoryM

    I can’t wait for Shroud of the Avatar. I wouldn’t play Ultima 4evah with someone else’s fingers.

  • malek86

    This reminds me too much of Legends of Zork…

    Although, to its credit, I did hear some some good comments about this new Ultima. Perhaps it can be a decent time-waster.

  • duggarbaby

    Ruining Theme Park wasn’t enough for you people?! FUCK.

  • Kaihedgie

    You’ll all be fine so long as you don’t see this again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvEPNgDF3q4

  • http://thespellcraftcolumn.wordpress.com Rudolph Consuegra

    Let’s all set up a Rainz style prank on the game then! That’ll show them!

  • http://www.thejaystack.com/ Jon Stachewicz

    The original Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar was my very first RPG and literally changed my life so hearing that this is F2P nonsense and not a proper remake makes me want to actually fight somebody

  • Katboy

    I dunno…was totally excited when I got the email announcing this game. The email came with a link to go try it out; I swore at my browser and network provider when the supposed link took me to an iTunes store…I cried when I found out it WAS actually an iOS game. what is going on with these game developers? sigh…

  • $36598391

    NOOOOOOOOOOO!
    Not Ultima too…..

  • Rogerrmark

    This game is kinda poor,indeed. 9th Dawn is probably the closest thing to Ultima nowadays.

  • Mike Pureka

    I would be more upset if I hadn’t been forewarned of this abhomination.

    In the spirit of cool things Ultima though, I should direct people to http://u5lazarus.com/ and it’s sort-of-parent http://www.projectbritannia.com/

    Rebuilding classic Ultima games in a highly modified Dungeon Siege engine; Sadly somewhat dated visually by now, but still worth playing.

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