BioWare announced the release of Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, today, which will bring players back to Britannia and the world that helped define the modern action RPG. Players who sign up for the beta will get an early glimpse at the first gameplay trailer (although not quite yet), and anyone at San Diego Comic-Con will get to hear more about it.

“As huge fans of the Ultima franchise, the team at BioWare Mythic is not only excited to be able to bring this reimagining of the original rich world to the fans of the classic RPGs, but also to introduce a new generation of gamers who have never had a chance to discover why this is one of our industry’s most beloved worlds,” said Eugene Evans, Studio GM at BioWare Mythic, in a press release.

They state that with the Ultima universe being around for three decades, and with millions of playrs in its time, “The passionate and loyal fans of Ultima have braved perilous dungeons, faced off against fearsome enemies and creatures, conquered expansive lands and seas, and saved worlds. It’s time to revisit this enchanting universe and step into the shoes of your very own Avatar to find out where your choices will take you.”

It seems there’s a F2P-awakening taking place among the developers. “There’s a fundamental shift underway in how gamers play and pay for games, and Electronic Arts is a leader in providing new business models and new ways to consume content,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, General Manager of EA’s BioWare Label and Co-Founder of BioWare, in a press release. “With Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, we’re excited to give gamers the opportunity to play a high quality game with their friends anytime, anywhere, on both iPad and PC.

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