Ultima Forever to be axed, end of August

When EA closed developer Mythic Entertainment in May, fans hoped the studio’s games would survive, at least… but the publisher’s officially announced that Ultima Forever, one of the company’s most recent games, will be closing forever at the end of August.

Ultima Forever is a top-down RPG for PC and iOS, which launched in August 2013. EA is officially axing online services for the game, effectively ending the free-to-play title.

The news came officially via the Ultima Forever forums, with a developer breaking the sad news:

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.

The game’s last day will be August 29th at 11am EDT (What’s that in my timezone?), but the developer’s making sure that Ultima Forever‘s last weeks will be memorable.

Jump in right now to enjoy:

  • Significantly boosted Virtue and Reputation rewards
  • Equipment degradation to be disabled (no damage to worn/equipped items)
  • Increased drop rate of Gold keys

We’re also told the in-game store has stopped selling both Silver and Gold keys (premium currency), so there’s less risk of you having a full in-game wallet when the servers are turned off.

Ultima Forever, which launched last year, is the most recent game in the decades-old Ultima saga, started by Richard Garriott back in the mid-1980s. While Garriott still owns the rights to several characters, EA currently owns the franchise, and it’s unclear where either party will go from here.

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