Massively.Joystiq.com is one of the largest MMMORPG gaming websites, and earlier today they gave a big mention of UO, specifically concerning Jeff Skalski’s recent letter of introduction:
In it, he explains that his goals for the grand-daddy of MMOs include heavily increasing the team’s interaction with the community, implementing weekly Q&A sessions, squashing bugs, and “breathing life back into areas that have long been forgotten,” i.e., revamping older content.
While Massively mentions a lot of the work being done on UO, and they cited Publish 73, they missed out on the fact that UO is getting a high resolution artwork update, something that several comments mentioned they would like to see for UO. Well they didn’t miss it, they forget about it – back at the end of September Massively talked about UO’s 14th Anniversary (more than the UO Herald did) and mentioned the upcoming high resolution update.
However, while that press is good, other mentions of UO are not so good. From two days ago, in a discussion of what games they are playing, Massively’s Beau Hindman was planning on doing a livestream of UO this week, but ran into the account problems that have plagued many, and there is still no tutorial on UO Herald.
@Beau_Hindman: I can honestly say at this point that I have no idea what I will be playing, except for War of Dragons for Rise and Shiny. Other than that, I planned on playing Ultima Online for the livestream next week, but EA or Origin or whatever it is calling itself now is so frustrating to deal with. I literally have spent hours on hold and with customer service reps, none of which knows anything about my old UO account. For the record, I resubbed and played it recently. I tried to log in with my old login and it takes me to a site that does not even recognize the game. I felt silly.
For the naysayers who believe that the MMORPG community neglects UO, they don’t.
* Ultima Online producer’s letter promises revitalization of classic content (Massively)
* WRUP: Let’s do the crafting edition (Massively)