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Broadsword Online Games | Official Site
MMORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Final  (rel 09/30/97)  | Pub:Electronic Arts
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Retail | Retail Price:$09.99 | Pay Type:Subscription
System Req: PC | ESRB:TOut of date info? Let us know!

Ultima Online

Ultima Online is one of the defining games of the MMORPG genre. From designer Richard Garriott's vision for a multiplayer RPG world, it has been influential on many of the most successful and popular titles that came after it. Set in Medieval Brittania, the game is a 2D fantasy RPG that follows the single-player Ultima series.

UO allows you to choose a class, train skills, and upgrade player stats to advance. many gameplay mechanics and features that we now consider traditional in MMOs, such as living in a virtual world, building player cities, leveling, crafting, exploring, and more were either forged by or made classic by Ultima Online. There is an extensive crafting system and resources to gather for use in both skill training and crafting.

The close-knit community as well as the developers remain loyal to the game despite its now dated graphics and oft-imitated gameplay. There have been nine major expansions to UO (most recently in 2009, adding another class), keeping content fresh and introducing new elements.


  • Races | Choose from three races in Britannia, each with their own unique traits: Human (Strong Back, Tough, Workhorse, Jack of All Trades); Elf (Night Sight, Infused with Magic, Knowledge of Nature, Difficult to Track, Perception, Wisdom); and Gargoyle (Flying, Berserk, Master Artisan, Deadly Aim, Mystic Insight).
  • Professions | Character class is left open to the player, allowing you to build your own class from a selection of over 50 skills.
  • Custom Avatar | Set character Strength, Dexterity, and Intelligence scores, as well as choose from hundreds of armor, weapons, clothes, and hairstyles, in a huge variety of colors and abilities.
  • Explore Britannia | UO hosts a vast world, with six main continents: Felucca, Trammel, Ilshenar, Malas, Tokuno, and the most recent addition, Ter Mur.
  • Expansions | UO now has a solid track record of 15 years of additional content: The Second Age (1998), Renaissance (2000), Third Dawn (2001), Lord Blackthorn’s Revenge (2002), Age of Shadows (2003), Samurai Empire (2004), Mondain’s Legacy (2005), Stygian Abyss (2009).
  • In Game Markets | NPC vendors abound in the towns and cities, but beyond that, players may purchase their own vendors and fill their inventory with items to have them sale when the player is in game, and out.
  • Player Housing | UO pioneered player housing in the MMORPG genre, and now has over 20 houses and castles to buy or build.
Too late to start Ultima Online? Posted by MrG8 on December 29, 2018 @ 11:46PM
The Original Cloth map Posted by Octagon7711 on May 28, 2018 @ 2:43PM
Ultima Online - Too dated? Posted by ConstantineMerus on April 9, 2018 @ 1:49AM
Realm Zero (Kickstarter) - UO Inspired Posted by Luftwaffen on February 17, 2018 @ 9:34PM
An alternative to classic client Posted by Mr.Aimed on June 2, 2017 @ 8:00AM
Make Ultima Online Great Again Posted by ste2000 on January 25, 2017 @ 4:02AM
What Server Has the Most Population? Posted by Pwlt on July 3, 2016 @ 9:54PM

Lots of New High Seas Action Coming to Ultima Online

Lots of New High Seas Action Coming to Ultima Online - Ultima Online News

The Ultima Online newsletter reveals great news for fans of the game. After over two decades, the team is committed to bringing players tons of new High Seas action throughout 2019. The commitment to adding High Seas content comes after years of community requests at meet and greets, various player gatherings, forum feedback and more.

Posted Jan 08, 2019 by Suzie Ford

What Ultima Online Gave us 21 Years Ago

What Ultima Online Gave us 21 Years Ago - Ultima Online News

Ultima Online created the core ideas and concepts that have driven the MMO genre for 21 straight years. Ultima gave us an early look at what PvP on a large scale might be like, it allowed players to explore a world together for the first time. Ultima Online was a revolution, and it changed everything.

Posted Sep 25, 2018 by Suzie Ford

Ultima Online Celebrates Its 21st Birthday & Can Now Legally Buy a Beer!

Ultima Online Celebrates Its 21st Birthday & Can Now Legally Buy a Beer! - Ultima Online News

If you were around in the early days of MMOs, you probably played Ultima Online. How well we remember the "scary music" when a PK would range near as we were innocently chopping wood to try to craft some type of weapon. Ah, the good old days! The Broadsword team took time out to thank players for their participation and "to those who have left their mark on [the] humble virtual world!"

Posted Sep 24, 2018 by Suzie Ford

UO Going F2P So Why Look for Old School When You Can Return to the Original?

UO Going F2P So Why Look for Old School When You Can Return to the Original? - Ultima Online News

Why bother looking for a game that brings back fond memories of more "hardcore" MMO days when you know that Ultima Online, the game that many feel is the standard for what today's MMOs should be, is going free to play? Broadsword has announced that Publish 99 will bring the F2P "Endless Journey" to Ultima Online, though there are some restrictions in place. Rest assured that there is still a subscription option available with no restrictions.

Posted Apr 04, 2018 by Suzie Ford

Today Marks 19th Anniversary Of Venerated Game

Today Marks 19th Anniversary Of Venerated Game - Ultima Online News

A brief producer's note has been published on the Ultima Online site that celebrates the game's 19th anniversary. Players with 10+ years of active subscription time will receive a special token as thanks for their continued support through the years.

Posted Sep 24, 2016 by Catherine Daro
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