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BioWare to release Ultima Forever

BioWare set to release Ultima remake with Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar.

Mass Effect and Star Wars: The Old Republic developers BioWare have announced their next title as Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, a free-to-play remake of the role playing game Ultima IV.

The game will be released across a number of platforms, including the iPad and will feature as part of Electronic Arts' (EA) Play4Free line of games.

Considered to be the first great western role playing game, Ultima Forever will task the gamers with the challenge set out by Lady British to save the land of Britannia as either a Fighter or a Mage and become the Avatar.

Beyond the scant information on the official website, very little is known about the forthcoming title. However, speculation suggests that the game will offer co-operative play, as the website suggests that players can "travel alone or with friends".

The Ultima series is considered to be one of the founding fathers of the modern role playing game, with titles such as Baldur's Gate and Final Fantasy unlikely to exist if it wasn't for Ultima.

Originally released in 1981, Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness was the first title in the run of games. Eight further releases were made up to Ultima IX: Ascension, although by this time Electronic Arts had bought the rights to the series and it had failed to emulate its earlier success.

A spin-off of the main series Ultima Online, a massively multiplayer online role playing game, was released in 1997 and became a massive hit that is still widely played today.

EA has already released Lord of Ultima through its Play4Free service, but the massively multiplayer empire building title was not particularly well received due to the fact that it lacks much connection to the original series.

Gamers excited to get their hands on the Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar can sign up for the beta.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801409484-ADNFCR