If you’re longing for a return to Britannia and the roots of Western RPGs then you’re in luck, as BioWare has announced the newest incarnation of Richard Garriott‘s original classic.
Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar is the title of the this new potential obsession, where players will be able to take on the role of a Fighter or Mage, traveling the lands and righting wrongs in what’s being described as a free-to-play “cross-platform action RPG.” There’s a piece of concept art, and a map, and…
Well, not much else. Massively poked Creative Director Paul Barnett, who let spill that the game’s “cross-platform” functionality includes PC and iPad, that it’s not a true MMO, and that its cash shop won’t be intrusive. He also said that it would keep to the spirit of the franchise, and that long-time fans shouldn’t be put off by the game’s more casual focus:
“We look at it like how Peter Jackson had to re-imagine Lord of the Rings for the screen, or how Christopher Nolan had to imagine Batman. We’re not going to please everyone, but hopefully when players finish kicking the tires, they’ll come back and go, ‘OK, that’s pretty cool.’”
Ultima Forever would be the first true entry in the Ultima franchise since 1999′s Ultima IX: Ascension, though Lord of Ultima, a browser-based MMORTS, was released by Germany-based EA Phenomic in 2010.
You can sign up for the beta right now on the game’s website.
So, what do you think, Ultimaniacs? Are you going to give Ultima Forever a shot?