Ultima Forever–Quest for the Avatar

There is a lot of renewed interest in Ultima these days. We’ve seen a couple of recreations of the classic games and now we have a brand new version coming to iOS devices, especially the iPad. I’ve been longing for Ultima to make an appearance ever since I bought my first iPad three years ago. It seemed the perfect platform, but alas, neither Electronic Arts nor Lord British was able to make it happen. Until now.

The long wait is nearly over as Ultima Forever – Quest for the Avatar has been spotted in the Canadian App Store and hopefully that means a worldwide release is imminent.

Normally I shy away from "free" games especially from studios like EA and Gameloft. Their Freemium games come riddled with bugs, are light on content and heavy on asking for handouts in the form of real money to progress through the game. I’d rather buy the game and put an end to all this micro transaction business.

But this is Ultima and I’m willing to take a risk. There is an in-app purchase of keys for $1.99, but I don’t know how frequently you will need to go back to the well to replenish those. Buying two sets of those still makes this a $4 game, which sounds great to me.

The screenshots look very good and with a download size of nearly 1GB, it appears they put some time and effort into the visuals.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this release, just to try it out. I really hope EA has balanced the game play without getting manically greedy. Again, I’m more than willing to pay for the game instead of getting it for free and buying these keys.

Canada has their copy, the rest of us will just have to wait and see when we can get ours.



Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar


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