Most of the staff was surprised today by a pair of related news stories that cropped up on our radar. Both Dark Age of Camelot and Ultima Online have been under development, or at least maintained in their current states, by EA-Mythic. Under the auspices of a new agreement, Mythic has partnered with new company Broadsword Online Games to take over the content development for both games. EA will maintain a presence by maintaining billing and account services via the Origin games platform.
On first reading the news, some were quick to express concern that the content development for both games was being "outsourced" yet while technically true, the outsource company has a blue ribbon pedigree in MMO development.
Broadsword Games Online was founded by Mythic Entertainment co-founder Rob Denton and a number of Mythic veterans, including several who were instrumental in the development of DAoC in the first place. While the team is, according to its site, a small one of only fourteen, it is a team that is solely dedicated to Dark Age of Camelot and Ultima Online. Period.
Our Vision – Every Player, Every Day
We are Broadsword. We have a passion for growing and evolving interconnected online worlds. We believe in quality and strive to deliver compelling content, energized communities and top tier service to all of our players. We are all passionate gamers and we love to work with our communities of committed, hard-core gamers. In the end, for us Broadswordians, it's all about providing an unparalleled experience to Every Player, Every Day.
Our Company – Broadsword Online Games
We have a team of 14 passionate, hard-core gamers with centuries of combined experience creating, running and evolving online games. Broadsword is totally focused on two games – Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot. Our team of producers, designers, engineers, artists, CSRs and QA analysts works day and night to make sure that UO and DAoC continue to provide delightful and compelling experiences to Every Player, Every Day.
It's never been a secret that many have pined for the glory days of Dark Age of Camelot and its unique game play, yet have similarly lamented the dated look and lack of meaningful content additions over the years. Many on our forums seem to have hope that this new change in direction, this "outsourcing" if you will, may perhaps bring about big changes to a pair of the genre's most venerable titles.
For now, the Broadsword site is largely silent on what exactly the future will hold for DAoC and UO. Hopefully sooner than later, we will know much more. In the meantime, it is great fun to speculate. To that end, what do you expect to or want to see for Dark Age of Camelot and/or Ultima Online? What is feasible? What is not? Let us know in the comments.