Baltimore Games Day: Ultima Online - Stygian Abyss
Baltimore Games Day was not all about Warhammer Online for Mythic
Entertainment, the company also gave us a look at the latest Ultima
Online Expansion, Stygian Abyss. For those who may not know, Ultima
Online is the grandfather of all MMORPGs and it is still strong today.
The game has been around almost twelve years and has a very hardcore
player base. Stygian Abyss is adding a new zone into the game, a new
race, the Gargoyles, and much more for players to enjoy. Lead Designer
Tim Cotton gave the presentation so check out some of the highlights
When talking about the Stygian Abyss, Tim said that they used Ultima Six and Ultima Underworld as their models for the expansion. They wanted to bring some of the fun from those two games back into Ultima Online and used elements from both games in the expansion. He also pointed out that this is the eighth expansion for UO.
The Gargoyles join the ranks of Ultima Online.
Players will also have sixteen new spells to choose from with names like Nether Bolt, Eagle Strike, and Stone Form. This will give casters an even stronger arsenal when going into the Abyss. Mixing spells with the new thrown weapon skills players will also have a new Profession Title, the Bladeweaver. Also the new skill set for Imbuing will be in the game and allow players to create some serious effects for their weapons.
The land of Ter Mur is opened up and will serve as the stomping grounds for some new creatures. Updated variations of the Lich as well as a Medusa, Colossus, and the Stygian Dragon can be found roaming the dark lands. Ter Mur will also lead players to the entrance for the Stygian Abyss dungeon. The dungeon will have five major boss mobs inside which player groups can bring down for some serious loot. Ter Mur is constantly under attack from creatures coming in from the Void. This new zone is not for the weak.
The Abyss Gateway.