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BioWare announces Ultima Forever

UPDATED: Cross-platform free-to-play game showcased at Comic-Con

BioWare has announced Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, a cross-platform iPad and PC game set to be released under EA's Play 4 Free label.

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"The first great Western RPG has been lovingly restored," proclaims the game's official website, confirming that players will be able to take on the role of a Fighter or a Mage.

According to BioWare, Ultima Forever "combines accessible action RPG gameplay with trademark BioWare storytelling, immersing both longtime fans and new gamers into the deep and engaging world of Britannia."

CVG was alerted to the impending online announcement yesterday by BioWare Mythic GM Eugene Evans.

The Mythic studio has previously been responsible for MMO titles Ultima Online, Dark Age of Camelot and Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.

Last year it announced its first free-to-play title, PvP online game Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes.

EA is now accepting beta registrations for Ultima Forever, which require an Origin account.

"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, GM of BioWare. "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."

BioWare Mythic GM, Eugene Evans added: "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."

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