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Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar is an action RPG developed by Mythic Entertainment and published by EA Games for the iPad and PC platforms. The game is a reimagining of Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar. As a free-to-play game, it will use EA's Play4Free micro-transaction system.
In U4E, a new character named Lady British is the ruler of Britannia, evidently because original Ultima creator Richard Garriott owns the rights to his iconic character Lord British. Gameplay is rendered in a 2D overhead view, featuring hack-and-slash action RPG combat. The game has a morality system; however instead of choosing between good and evil, players choose which of the Eight Virtues to follow.
Ultima Forever was publicly announced in July 2012 by Mythic Entertainment, which at the time was known as BioWare Mythic. Later that year, Mythic shed the BioWare name. According to a 2012 GDC presentation by Mythic's creative director Paul Barnett, U4E had a troubled development and at one time was intended to be a browser-based game before transitioning to PC/iPad interoperability. The game had been scrapped and started over multiple times and -- according to Barnett -- it was once narrowly saved from EA's chopping block through the intervention of BioWare co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka, in spite of the fact that Muzyka had been stricken with food poisoning after eating a sandwich at Mythic's offices.
The game was initially expected in late 2012 but was delayed. Mythic expects to make an announcement regarding a closed beta test in 2013.