Richard Garriott has not been involved with Origin and Ultima for some time. Ultima IX was his final Ultima project. From what I understand, he was involved in Lineage 1. Was he involved in Lineage 2 as well?
I met Richard Garriott in 1996 at Dragon*Con, he seemed quite down to earth, for a guy with millions of dollars, a slew of successful games, and a castle.
Yeah, I knew he left. But, the statement that Origin was closed was news to me (and I keep fairly up-to-date about stuff regarding what I considered to be one of the best developers around). So, I was only responding to the claim that Origin was shut down.
EDIT: Sorry, posted before I read the link. Origin has not been closed down...only the Austin office has. They are in the process of relocating to the Redwood California offices.