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Step 1. Ultima Online goes Free to Play; the item-mall will be expanded to include more items including never released items, limited time only monthly rares & more!
90 Day Countdown; All accounts being fully activated & Free to Play a 90 day Countdown period will begin, after this 90 day period the following will take place.
Step 2-A. Merge the Shards; After the 90 day Countdown all shards will be merged down to a low number, the game started in late 1997 with only 3 shards, Pacific, Great Lakes & Atlantic, there were thousands upon thousands of subscribers per shard. Then they added multiple American, European & Asian shards. All shards are merged down to 6 shards maximum.
* West Coast
* East Coast
* Siege Perilous
The 6 above is still too many but it's a start. Pacific is West Coast, Great Lakes is Central, Atlantic is East Coast. Int-Europe is the most popular European Shard, Int-Japan is the most popular Japanese Shard, and Siege Perilous remains the same.
Step 2-B. Give everyone a free shard transfer token per character. All accounts will be assigned to a server but may transfer freely with their shard transfer tokens.
Step 3. Land Rush; After the 90 day period all houses will be deleted. It wouldn't be fair to keep the houses on Pacific when the Sonoma player's houses & server will be deleted, because of this all houses on all shards will be deleted. This will cause a land rush frenzy, it would be un-popular to the few who have only played to refresh their houses, but it would be vastly popular with the many who always wanted a shot at a house plot near a moongate, their faorite city road or Luna.
An email will be sent out to all registered users that the time has come for Ultima Online to downsize to a few number of shards, and thus, their houses & castles must be deleted & compensated for. The compensations will be based on the following;
* Location of House (Houses will be zoned for property value, houses within Luna walls will be worth a great deal, houses outside of Luna will be worth less for example).
* Size/Type of House (An 18x18 will be worth a certain amount, as will a 7x7, a Castle or a Keep).
* Age of House (The length of time a house has been there since it was placed).
* Age of User Account (The age of the house owner's account, if the user has paid a subscription for the past 10 years to refresh a house this will be accounted for).
Step 3-B. New Item Mall Credit Currency; Home owner compensation will take place with item-mall credits, which is seperate from gold-coins. Because gold-farmers have been hoarding gold-coins for 15+ years the value of the gold-coin has dramatically been reduced to the point that it now costs 10 million gold coins to purchase a decent piece of armor or weapon in the game. Because of the devaluation of the gold coin we will introduce an item-mall credit currency, which is will be more valuable than the gold coin, the extent of this value will depend on the player, but players may purchase gold coins with item-mall credits.
Step 3-C. House Items; House decorations & rares & items will not be compensated for. This 90 day Countdown period will be the only time for hoarders to collect their favorite items and store them on their characters & in their character bank accounts. All items not in the backpack of your character or character bank account will be permanently deleted.
Step 4. Shardwide Auction-House; All shards will now have an auction house which will do-away with the vendor-system. Players pay a fee to place their item on the auction-house and all players shard-wide will have access to buy and sell their goods. The auction house will have a section for gold coins and a section for Item-Mall-Credits. The Item-Mall-Credits section will be the place we will showcase the weekly & monthly rares. Want a Skull Candle of Teleportation? This item will only exist on the Item-Mall-Credits section of the Auction House for 1 week and is limited to a number of 1,000.
Thank you. --- Razimus
Step by Step Concept on How to bring back Ultima Online by Razimus. Feel free to tweet UO Lead @Jeff_Skalski this idea. I personally believe UO going Free to Play is the only way it can be brought back to life. The above has enough to stir the Ultima community to rekindle the interest they once had in this great game, the gold farmers & vast amounts of empty shards is the downside, this plan will fix this, I do not work for EA but I do believe this plan would save them money and at the same time increase revenue, especially with the Item-Mall, New Item-Mall-Credit-Currency & Auction House with Daily & Weekly limited time only rares available only with the new Credit-Currency. Note: I have played Ultima Online since the E3 Phase-1 Beta Test in 1997, I believe this idea would bring back a lot of old players as well as bring in a lot of new players. When there are fewer shards they have a livlier setting, a world filled with players is the reason we all want to play an MMORPG to begin with. --- @Razimus