But thereís the long and short of it: Paul Barnett has a small team at BioWare Mythic working on a browser-based Ultima game. And no, itís not another Lord of Ultima; itís the real deal, a full-on RPG. Iíve seen some of the artwork that will accompany and be used to promote the game; itís impressive, and despite its modern flair it manages to capture some essential elements of what could be called ďclassic Ultima.Ē
My saying as much will probably make some Ultima fans balk, roll their eyes, or otherwise scowl and wonder whether EA is just willing to let its various studios savage and abuse the good name of Ultima with reckless abandon. Itís an understandable sentiment; we got burned by EA Phenomic, after all. But let me just stick my neck out here and say that whatís happening here, under Paul Barnettís supervision, is not going to be a cheap exploitation of a classic gaming franchise.
Dr ray of bioware plays my secret project tomorrow, pray to the 8 gods!