On Friday, Ultima Online
Producer Bonnie Armstrong
and the Broadsword Online Games
crew took to Google Hangouts for an informal state of the game address and player question-and-answer session. The event marked one of the first times we've heard from the Broadsword team about its plans for the game since its pseudo-acquisition a few months ago. The highlights?
- The artwork update is still on the way, as are new housing tiles.
- A resurrection of the old MyUO.com website is planned, along with a revamp of the new and returning player experience.
- The team hopes to resume putting out one expansion or booster every year.
On the downside, the team isn't currently working on new housing areas, new items for the cash shop, or storage expansions, and there's no ETA for the bug-free return of vendor search
, which was implemented and promptly went kaput just a few weeks ago.
An interesting factoid pointed out by Stratics poster Nails Warstein
: The player split between the old classic client and the newest enhanced client is now 50-50.