In addition to the Kingdom Reborn upgrade being prepped for release soon, details about the next full-fledged expansion pack to Ultima Online have reached the news. Ultima Online: Stygian Abyss shares its name with the original Ultima Underworld game from 1992. It adds playable gargoyle characters, larger dungeons and will require the otherwise-optional UOKR refresh. This is all part of a major EA push to revitalize the Ultima franchise and bring classic Origin titles more into the spotlight. The EA Mythic/UO team has its next Town Hall fan meeting scheduled for next Saturday, February 24, in New York.
According to producer Aaron Cohen, these updates will represent "the largest investment EA has made in UO since the game launched." Cohen also noted that Kingdom Reborn will launch "this spring," while the Stygian Abyss expansion will launch "this summer."