As reported by Massively Overpowered, the venerable MMO Ultima Online turns 25 in September, and developer Broadsword is celebrating with in-game rewards.
Ultima Online was a foundational MMO. Initially released by Origin Systems in 1997, its robust, unique systems have helped it retain a core base of players all these years later despite titanic shifts in the genre like the release of Everquest and World of Warcraft. Ultima Online is also the source of one of gaming’s greatest stories: The Assassination of Lord British by the Coward Rainz.
Lord British was Ultima creator Richard Garriot’s in-game avatar across the series, and he was supposed to be invulnerable and immortal. While making an appearance during a stress test in Ultima Online’s beta, Garriot forgot to reactivate god mode after a server crash, and Rainz pickpocketed a scroll of fire field from another member of the crowd and chucked it at British, bringing the great monarch low.
The patch notes for Ultima Online’s celebratory rewards list various useful trinkets rewarded based on how long you’ve been playing. For those who have been around since release or the beta, Broadsword is providing a premium, account-bound shield and “Founding Citizen of Britannia” title.