Electronic Arts has announced that Ultima Forever will be shutting down effective August 29, 2014. Some fans may have seen the end coming when Mythic Entertainment began closing earlier this year and ongoing development was not offloaded like it was for Ultima Online. Existence of the game was first leaked in May of 2011 and it finally released in May of 2013. Closures and shutdowns are always disappointing - it seemed like they did try to do the franchise justice within their purview. It's also a testament to the sustainability of UO that the original Ultima MMO is still going after nearly seventeen years!
Strangers, Seekers and Avatars all,
While the past year has certainly been quite the adventure – in Britannia and beyond! – that adventure is now drawing to a close, as the time has come for us to say goodbye. As of Aug 29th 2014 (11:00 AM EDT), Ultima Forever will be shutting down its online services, and will no longer be available to play.
This was a very difficult decision for us to make. We’ve seen the game through ups and downs, and hope that you’ve enjoyed playing it every bit as much as we had making it! Through it all, it’s been players like you who’ve made it all worthwhile.
To thank everyone for their loyalty and support, for our last month of live operations, the following changes will be made to the game:
- Significantly boosted Virtue and Reputation rewards
- Equipment degradation to be disabled (no damage to worn/equipped items)
- Increased drop rate of Gold keys
- The in-game store will no longer sell premium currency (Silver and Gold keys)
We invite you to visit our Facebook page to share your favorite game memories with us. We’d love to hear from you: facebook.com/UltimaForever
From Lady British, the Gypsy, and all the other citizens of Ultima Forever’s Britannia: Thank you for your time spent in our world; we’re going to miss you very much!
Remember and uphold the Virtues, always!
- The Ultima Forever Team
There were originally rumors of a questing involving a downed Kilrathi ship. Did anyone ever find it? With the final month's boosted rewards, there's still time!