Out of all of the MMOs that never made it to launch, Ultima X Odyssey
could have really been something. It had a wonderfully stylized look, an immense amount of resources and talent behind it, the Ultima franchise legacy to draw upon, a cool morality choice system, and a pretty strong following. All of that fell apart when EA
pulled the plug on the project in 2004, leaving fans in the lurch.
However, since UXO
was far enough along in development, it's one of those cancelled MMOs that has an actual soundtrack (just like Project Copernicus
, which I talked about a few weeks ago). Composer Chris Field
completed and recorded an album for the game in 2003, and although it was never released, it was distributed into the wild for free
, and certain portions of the soundtrack were repurposed for the game Lord of Ultima
I have to say that it's a good (possibly even great) score, and it's a shame it didn't get to be in an MMO for us gamers to appreciate. That doesn't mean we can't have a listen right now and speculate on what players in parallel universes might be enjoying right now, yes?