Yahoo News ran an article about the new trend in massively multiplayer gaming... Check out this segment about Origin. (Yahoo, and a big thanks to MB for pointing this out).
Origin Systems, for one, has no doubts about the segment. After the coming release of the final sequel to its long-running "Ultima" series next year, the company's five development teams will eschew single-player games and instead focus on a variety of online multiplayer projects. "Ultima Online 2", which will succeed but not replace "Ultima Online", will be released next year, and the company intends to develop a game based on its Wing Commander universe.