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Ultima Online sets course for Steam

By Tam Mageean
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One of the longest running mmo games still on the scene, Ultima Online is tipping the scales at a whopping 17 years in operation, and has seen many different revisions during its reign over Britannia.

Earlier this year, the mmorpg relocated its studios and fell under the umbrella of Broadsword, who are also responsible for the long-standing, realm vs realm rpg, Dark Age of Camelot. One of their first orders of Broadsword business was to target the Steam market, and spread their roots into a new community of gamers.

Broadsword Games have been running a campaign, for the past two weeks, to get the subscription based mmo greenlit for Steam and yesterday, along with 74 other up and comers, including Voxel Quest, Eldevin and The Lost Titans; it was announced by Valve as one of the new titles being added to their repertoire.

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Even though it's under an independent studio now, with Broadsword, there are still some ties to Origin and their owners, Electronic Arts, who handle the subscription service, among other things. There have been no announcements yet, but some players are skeptical of Ultima Online on Steam, and fear that dividing distribution and subscriptions between EA and Valve could overcomplicate things. On the other hand, it could bring a stream of new players into their realm, which is good news for everyone.

Will you be checking out Ultima Online on Steam? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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