Happy 15th Birthday Ultima Online! The world's first modern massively multiplayer game was released on September 24, 1997 by Origin Systems. Its continued existence is no small feat - many, many younger and bigger-budget MMOs have gone by the wayside just a few short years after release, so for the original to still be standing is truly incredible. As a sister franchise to Wing Commander in the 1990s, many Wingnuts beta tested UO during its early days, and the first iteration of the CIC even briefly shared a web server with the game.
It's been about two years since the last expansion, High Seas, was released, but the game has been actively exploring a new plot arc this year that's has culminated in today's in-game events. The fans that remain in the game today are a diehard bunch of adventurers, and we're sure they're all looking forward to another 15 years! Congrats UO!