As promised yesterday by EA Studio General Manager Eugene Evans, EA and BioWare today announced their new free-to-play title will return to the classic lands of Britannia with Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar. The new installment of the classic Ultima franchise will be a free-to-play action RPG that integrates BioWareÂs signature storytelling. Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar will be available later this year for the PC and iPad with fully integrated cross-platform play.
Players can sign up for a chance to take part in the upcoming closed beta via the Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar website. If you happen to be attending San Diego Comic-Con this week, stop by the EA booth (#5405) to learn more about the upcoming title.
EA and BioWare Return to the Legendary World of Britannia in New Free-to-Play RPG Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar
Rediscover One of GamingÂs Most Beloved Franchises with Friends, Anytime, Anywhere on iPad and PC Later this Year
FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BioWareÂ, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA), today announced UltimaÂ Forever: Quest for the Avatar. Expanding the legendary UltimaÂ franchise, Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar combines accessible action RPG gameplay with trademark BioWare storytelling, immersing both longtime fans and new gamers into the deep and engaging world of Britannia. Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar will be available on both the iPad and PC later this year, with fully integrated, cross-platform play so gamers can experience all of the rich and deep RPG elements with friends, wherever and whenever they choose to play.
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To sign up for a chance to participate in a future closed beta and to see the gameÂs first gameplay trailer, please visit the official web site at www.ultimaforever.com. Fans attending Comic-Con International 2012 in San Diego this weekend can stop by the EA booth (#5405) to learn more about Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, while also getting a chance to play some of EAÂs latest free-to-play games, including Battlefield HeroesÂ, Command & ConquerÂ Tiberium Alliances, Need for SpeedÂ World and WarhammerÂ® Online: Wrath of HeroesÂ.
ÂThereÂs a fundamental shift underway in how gamers play and pay for games, and Electronic Arts is a leader in providing new business models and new ways to consume content,Â said Dr. Ray Muzyka, General Manager of EAÂs BioWare Label and Co-Founder of BioWare. ÂWith Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, weÂre excited to give gamers the opportunity to play a high quality game with their friends anytime, anywhere, on both iPad and PC.Â
ÂAs huge fans of the Ultima franchise, the team at BioWare Mythic is not only excited to be able to bring this reimagining of the original rich world to the fans of the classic RPGs, but also to introduce a new generation of gamers who have never had a chance to discover why this is one of our industryÂs most beloved worlds,Â said Eugene Evans, Studio GM at BioWare Mythic.
Spanning over three decades, the fantasy world of Ultima has entertained millions of players from around the world with dozens of award-winning titles. The passionate and loyal fans of Ultima have braved perilous dungeons, faced off against fearsome enemies and creatures, conquered expansive lands and seas, and saved worlds. ItÂs time to revisit this enchanting universe and step into the shoes of your very own Avatar to find out where your choices will take you.
For more information on Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, please follow the game on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UltimaForever or ÂLikeÂ the game on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UltimaForever.
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