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EA to axe Ultima Forever

Publisher ceasing support following decision to close Mythic

Ultima Forever, the free-to-play RPG developed by Mythic Entertainment, is closing down after a single year of activity.

A representative for Mythic wrote on the developer's forums that Ultima Forever's servers will shut down on August 29. A bulk of in-game bonuses have been offered to the game's remaining patrons.

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"This was a very difficult decision for us to make," the game's spokesperson said.

"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."

Mythic has noted the following changes to be made for the game's final month:

  • Significantly boosted Virtue and Reputation rewards
  • Equipment degradation to be disabled (no damage to worn/equipped items)
  • Increased drop rate of Gold keys
  • The in-game store will no longer sell premium currency (Silver and Gold keys)

Ultima Forever was revealed in July 2012 and was billed as a modern take on the original series, which was first released in 1981.

In May, EA announced it was closing Mythic Entertainment as part of a cost-cutting operation. It is unclear how many developers have been affected by the closure.

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