I see what you did there........

Arroth_ThaielArroth_Thaiel Posts: 523
edited April 29 in General Discussions
"Once we release Publish 109 we will be full steam ahead on our next project - we know you are excited to know what we have in store for Ultima Online and we are excited to share it with you!  Keep an eye out for this big announcement!"

https://mailchi.mp/broadsword/ultima-online-newsletter-48

You all slay me.
-Arroth

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  • Yeah, I'm really excited to see what they have planned. Hope they announce something soon just to give us a sneak peak/hint to what's coming.
  • SkettSkett Posts: 343
    I think July will be the sneak peak 
  • MacroPlanetMacroPlanet Posts: 2
    edited April 30
    Curious what your thoughts are, just to have a discussion. :smile:

    They mentioned 'largest audience,' so could UO be coming to mobile? Do you think we will have a new expansion to launch with it?

    Excited, just came back from a long break.
  • Arroth_ThaielArroth_Thaiel Posts: 523
    edited April 30
    Curious what your thoughts are, just to have a discussion. :smile:

    They mentioned 'largest audience,' so could UO be coming to mobile? Do you think we will have a new expansion to launch with it?

    Excited, just came back from a long break.
    My personal opinion is that this not as complicated as "the community" seems to be making it.

    I think that we are looking at:
    1. The release of the game on Steam
    2. Some shiny new *something* to get players excited and coincide with the Steam release.

    Breaking those down a bit:
    In the tease from a couple months ago they did mention largest audience, they also mentioned generational shifts, and they said biggest and boldest endeavor in a decade.

    To me, "audience" would indicate Steam or Mobile. Generational changes would indicate mobile, but might also be a reference to consumer tastes changing from game stores to digital platforms. Biggest and Boldest in a decade would indicate larger than ToL or HS, but not as big as SA. However, "endeavor" isn't necessarily "expansion", so maybe not as much new content focused as an expansion, but still with enough "new" to excite and draw in customers? 


    Specifically with regards to Steam:
    Broadsword is not a huge company and they only have two products, so whatever one product is doing, the other is probably getting as well. DAoC got a swag store, UO got a swag store. DAoC got Endless Conquest, UO got Endless Journey. DAoC got Mithril, UO got Sovereigns, etc. The DAoC team spoke in December about releasing DAoC on Steam in 2020. I'd peg UO to release on Steam at about the same time as DAoC. (I'd guess Q2 or Q3 of 2021 is more realistic at this point.)

    Yes, Mesanna was asked if Steam was the "big announcement" and she said "no". However, I think that's been misconstrued as her saying "no" to Steam, when I think what she was saying was that Steam wasn't the big announcement. So there seems to be *something* else they are working on in addition to or in conjunction with a Steam release. 

    As for whatever that shiny "something" is who knows. I'd like to think they are bug fixing, unifying systems, and really preparing the game for a larger audience, but with UO's well established 23 year history, that seems unlikely. Also, that's boring and wouldn't excite new players. They are working on that new quest engine/journal though.....

    Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised to see Orcs as a playable race. Give the human paperdoll a different face, add in some Orc mounts, armor, and weapons. Maybe rework the Orc forts or Orc dungeon. No new land masses or anything. More like the ML expansion with Elves, and less like SA and Gargoyles. That'd be bigger than ToL or HS, but not as big as SA.....


    So, I'm going with:
    Orcs as a playable race in 2021 coinciding with a Steam release and mobile interface (with maybe some cleaned up underlying systems). 

    Team of 5, but with all of Broadsword on deck for the Steam/mobile, yeah, they can knock that out in a year.

    Q3 2021, just prior to the 24th Anniversary (3*8 = 24 and all!)
    -Arroth
  • PawainPawain Posts: 2,748
    My guess.
    EA already chose the games that went to steam.

    No orcs. If they were going to have
     Orcs they blew a chance to make the hog a new pet type.

    I think a new temporary encounter and they are making the Halloween and end of year events.

    I hope we get at least two new pets that are good and go to 5 slot.

  • Uriah_HeepUriah_Heep Posts: 880
    From what I am reading, they can't keep Atlantic running with the players they have, gonna seriously suck if more show up lol
  • Arroth_ThaielArroth_Thaiel Posts: 523
    edited April 30
    From what I am reading, they can't keep Atlantic running with the players they have, gonna seriously suck if more show up lol
    Yeah, I think we all know (Dev team better than us) there are some underlying systems that need some serious work. I'm fully expecting a 1 - 1&1/2 year time frame from the "big announcement" to whatever's announced actually being Live, with a lot of that time being spent on some of those underlying systems. 

    That's why I'm thinking less actual content, but more streamlining (like the upcoming journal and EM tools.) Still, has to be something shiny at the end or people won't stay for the boring in-the-trenches work. However, this is the same group that gave us a rainbow colored unicorn, so I'm not sure what Shiny to expect...they surprise me.

    It could be fabulous, or it could be FaBoloUSee!!!!
    -Arroth
  • jelinidasjelinidas Posts: 221
    I would think they should take advantage of all the new/returning players they have now and get on with it to retain them. By the time they get around to it all these stay home/stay safe folks will be gone. What a wasted opportunity to keep the people. *shrugs*
  • Lord_FrodoLord_Frodo Posts: 270
    Full steam ahead to a new Steam Punk Expansion.
  • PawainPawain Posts: 2,748
    edited April 30
    jelinidas said:
    I would think they should take advantage of all the new/returning players they have now and get on with it to retain them. By the time they get around to it all these stay home/stay safe folks will be gone. What a wasted opportunity to keep the people. *shrugs*
    +1000
  • PawainPawain Posts: 2,748
    Full steam ahead to a new Steam Punk Expansion.
    @Bilbo

    Tell him.
  • Arroth_ThaielArroth_Thaiel Posts: 523
    Pawain said:
    Full steam ahead to a new Steam Punk Expansion.
    @ Bilbo

    Tell him.


    -Arroth
  • Lady_StormLady_Storm Posts: 387
    I have known our Dark Lady too long to put any words into play that I know didn't come out of her messages.     Guesses are fine if you don't pin your hopes on them.  She is vague to keep her secrets.. and to second guess her is to ask for a let down "hard".  
    EA has said nothing on UO or its coming evolvement in any "Steam" project.  
    With this covid-19 keeping people cooped up at home I have noticed a smattering of returning players on non Atlantic shards. This is a good thing!  Contrary to past ideas we need more then one or 2 working shards to keep the game floating in the water.    Encourage friends and family to join you and go to a old home shard and play. Make a difference in our world.
    My only hope is what ever they have in mind is something we all can rejoice about. Id be pleasantly surprised if it was... but I know the past all too well to put all my hopes on any thing sight unseen.   Been bitten in the tush too many times to trust the Dev with my game happiness.
  • Arroth_ThaielArroth_Thaiel Posts: 523
    edited May 1
    Since I just posted the above video, the algorithms that run our world added this gem to my Amazon feed.



    Didn't even know such a thing existed.
    -Arroth
  • PawainPawain Posts: 2,748
    I have a lich or ophidian somewhere, unless wife found it and threw away.
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