Ultima Online Announces 8th Expansion; Complete Graphical Revamp "Kingdom Reborn" Will Be Free to Playerbase

Ten Ton Hammer reports live from Fairfax, VA as EA Mythic announces Ultima Online's eighth expansion: "Stygian Abyss" and gives word that the "Kingdom Reborn" graphical revamp will be free for all players. Is there new life for this decade-old MMO?

"Seven expansions and five continents later, EA Mythic showed members of the press exactly what they have in mind for Ultima Online over the next year: a cost-free complete graphical revamp titled "Kingdom Reborn", and a newly announced expansion - "Stygian Abyss" - featuring gargoyles as a fully featured playable race for the first time. As Producer Aaron Cohen, described the news: "The game that started it all is about to start again." The decade-old base game, Ultima Online, is widely considered to be a touchstone for a number of MMORPG staple features, among them "sharding" (or sequestration of the playerbase onto self-contained worlds / servers), highly customizable player housing, and a player-driven economy."

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Last Updated: Mar 29, 2016