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Ultima Online: Just As Focused As Ever

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,614MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

In the latest edition of the Ultima Online producer's letter, Calvin Crowner spends a bit of time discussing the word "just" and the way it is often used in sentences like "If the devs would just...". After that, Crowner goes on to discuss a wide variety of topics from arenas to a classic shard to whether or not devs are 'playing it safe'.

The classic shard is not about a UO revolution, it’s about a UO evolution. Are we playing it safe taking our time? Somewhat. Yes. Is the classic shard a risk we are willing to take? If the right business model is behind the concept, yes. That’s my job to figure out and evangelize. No petition or surveys will “just” bring a classic shard to UO. There have been too many business and design decisions made on the “good intent” of the player population. The classic shard will not be that kind of decision. It must not only make sense for the population at the time, it also needs to be a concerted effort with the support of the community beyond current subscribers … and any others who are reading this letter beyond fan forums and sites.

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  • Excalaber2Excalaber2 Merrick, NYPosts: 357Member Uncommon

    Please oh please give us a classic Pre-UOR (T2A) or UO:R Shard!  Thanks.  That is all.

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  • scalsscals Exeter, NHPosts: 6Member

    I would honestly probably resubscribe to UO if they put a classic shard online.

  • SnarlingWolfSnarlingWolf Thereiam, ARPosts: 2,697Member

    Besides the typos and saying that UO is the longest running MMO, which is a blatant lie, it was an interesting read.

  • dar_es_balatdar_es_balat Oakland, CAPosts: 438Member

    It is the longest running MMO.  Meridian 59 has gone through periods where the service was offlline since the release of UO.

    Crappy, petty people breed and raise crappy, petty kids.

  • SnarlingWolfSnarlingWolf Thereiam, ARPosts: 2,697Member

    Originally posted by dar_es_balat

    It is the longest running MMO.  Meridian 59 has gone through periods where the service was offlline since the release of UO.

     There were more then just meridian 59. They even had a list up on this site at one point which had several that are longer running then UO.

     

    I started with the game The Realm which was prior to UO and is still running to this day, and I know there are some others out there too.

  • SethVegetaSethVegeta Sunrise, FLPosts: 9Member

    Originally posted by SnarlingWolf



    Originally posted by dar_es_balat

    It is the longest running MMO.  Meridian 59 has gone through periods where the service was offlline since the release of UO.

     There were more then just meridian 59. They even had a list up on this site at one point which had several that are longer running then UO.

     

    I started with the game The Realm which was prior to UO and is still running to this day, and I know there are some others out there too.


     

    Agreed, I started with The Realm as well.  In the announcement of UO to the gaming hall of fame, it too incorrectly said that UO was the longest running MMO of all time.  Makes me wonder with inaccuracies like that who is deciding on putting the games into the hall of fame.

  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,187Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by SnarlingWolf

    Originally posted by dar_es_balat

    It is the longest running MMO.  Meridian 59 has gone through periods where the service was offlline since the release of UO.

     There were more then just meridian 59. They even had a list up on this site at one point which had several that are longer running then UO.

     

    I started with the game The Realm which was prior to UO and is still running to this day, and I know there are some others out there too.

    Besides Meridian on that list not one of those was a MMO.  Read the thread, the writer got lambasted for doing poor research.

    So it is obvious that UO is the longest running MMO.

  • kooliekoolie columbus, OHPosts: 6Member

    Basically the producer, Cal, tends to dangle a lot of carrots to the players and ex players of UO.

    In the letter he states how he wants to release things so they are free of bugs, but the UO team consistently does this. Just recently they did an overhaul of treasure maps and INTENTIONALLY released it buggy, so that the maps would create treasure under things like houses, water and trees (and as such, can't be dug up).

    The UO team is systematically full of fail. That picture included in the post of the warrior? That's from the Kingdom Reborn client. It's artwork was so reviled by the majority of players they actually had to go back and put in OLD (circa 1997) art to appease the masses. In fact, the client was released buggy and unfinished. ANOTHER client, called the Enhanced Client, has been in 'beta' for over  A YEAR AND A HALF.

    UO has a ton of things wrong with it at the moment. It needs a clear vision to move forward, decent graphics and attention to detail (ie not releasing things broken or buggy). Currently they are doing, imo, none of these things.

     

  • SnarlingWolfSnarlingWolf Thereiam, ARPosts: 2,697Member

    Originally posted by Ozmodan

    Originally posted by SnarlingWolf

    Originally posted by dar_es_balat

    It is the longest running MMO.  Meridian 59 has gone through periods where the service was offlline since the release of UO.

     There were more then just meridian 59. They even had a list up on this site at one point which had several that are longer running then UO.

     

    I started with the game The Realm which was prior to UO and is still running to this day, and I know there are some others out there too.

    Besides Meridian on that list not one of those was a MMO.  Read the thread, the writer got lambasted for doing poor research.

    So it is obvious that UO is the longest running MMO.

     Um no. The Realm was 100% an MMO and has been running longer then UO.

     

    So it is obvious that UO is NOT the longest running MMO.

  • SuttonianSuttonian UnknownPosts: 64Member

    Originally posted by koolie



    Basically the producer, Cal, tends to dangle a lot of carrots to the players and ex players of UO.

    In the letter he states how he wants to release things so they are free of bugs, but the UO team consistently does this. Just recently they did an overhaul of treasure maps and INTENTIONALLY released it buggy, so that the maps would create treasure under things like houses, water and trees (and as such, can't be dug up).

    The UO team is systematically full of fail. That picture included in the post of the warrior? That's from the Kingdom Reborn client. It's artwork was so reviled by the majority of players they actually had to go back and put in OLD (circa 1997) art to appease the masses. In fact, the client was released buggy and unfinished. ANOTHER client, called the Enhanced Client, has been in 'beta' for over  A YEAR AND A HALF.

    UO has a ton of things wrong with it at the moment. It needs a clear vision to move forward, decent graphics and attention to detail (ie not releasing things broken or buggy). Currently they are doing, imo, none of these things.

     


     

    Why would they intentionally create bugs? Perhaps you mean they released it knowing it contained bugs? From your description about the treasure it doesn't sound like a bug unless you have to get the treasure to progress in the game.

  • RoyouRoyou CwmbranPosts: 52Member

    Originally posted by SnarlingWolf

    Originally posted by dar_es_balat

    It is the longest running MMO.  Meridian 59 has gone through periods where the service was offlline since the release of UO.

     There were more then just meridian 59. They even had a list up on this site at one point which had several that are longer running then UO.

     

    I started with the game The Realm which was prior to UO and is still running to this day, and I know there are some others out there too.


     

    MMO means massively multiplayer online, or did you forget that, I've never heard of the games your talking about, so how could they be considered MMO's???

  • DittoDitto rotterdamPosts: 84Member

    Originally posted by Royou

    Originally posted by SnarlingWolf


    Originally posted by dar_es_balat

    It is the longest running MMO.  Meridian 59 has gone through periods where the service was offlline since the release of UO.

     There were more then just meridian 59. They even had a list up on this site at one point which had several that are longer running then UO.

     

    I started with the game The Realm which was prior to UO and is still running to this day, and I know there are some others out there too.


     

    MMO means massively multiplayer online, or did you forget that, I've never heard of the games your talking about, so how could they be considered MMO's???

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    Ignorant AND Egocentric...Kudo's :*)

  • berkteamberkteam nyc, NYPosts: 8Member

    UO's T2A era was the best in its history

  • RoyouRoyou CwmbranPosts: 52Member

    Originally posted by Ditto

    Originally posted by Royou

    Originally posted by SnarlingWolf

    Originally posted by dar_es_balat

    It is the longest running MMO.  Meridian 59 has gone through periods where the service was offlline since the release of UO.

     There were more then just meridian 59. They even had a list up on this site at one point which had several that are longer running then UO.

     

    I started with the game The Realm which was prior to UO and is still running to this day, and I know there are some others out there too.


     

    MMO means massively multiplayer online, or did you forget that, I've never heard of the games your talking about, so how could they be considered MMO's???

    0-O

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ignorant AND Egocentric...Kudo's :*)


     

     Sounds like one has their own head stuck up their own @ss!

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