I thought you might enjoy seeing this great poster. It’s approximately 44″ wide and 39″ tall. I assume it was used at trade shows for the PocketPC version. It’s printed on heavy gauge material and it has a velcro edge on the back.
“In the early 2000s, Paul Neurath approached EA to discuss a port of Ultima Underworld to the Pocket PC. EA rejected the suggestion, but allowed him to look for possible developers; Neurath found that ZIO Interactive enthusiastically supported the idea, and EA eventually licensed the rights to the company. Doug Church and Floodgate Entertainment assisted with portions of its Pocket PC development, and the port was released in 2002.”
It is interesting how EA used the opportunity to promote Ultima Online. That was another great game.
The original Ultima Underworld is still one of my all time favorite games. Underworld Ascendant is being produced by the same folks that made the first 2 games. They are also the genius behind other amazing titles such as Thief and Thief II (which I just completed). While the Ultima name will not be used it is definitely being marketed as the 3rd game in that series. They have already raised enough money that the game will be built. Any new contributions at this point will only make the game better.
I couldn’t be more excited for this newest installment in the series and I have already made my pledge. With less than 3 days left I hope you will too! Here is a preview video they put together:
These maps are not intended to reveal too many game secrets. They are mostly just to help aid in finding characters and locations. I spent quite a bit of time putting these together and while they are not perfect I am quite proud of the results. I hope you find these useful in your travels. Let me know if you see anything that needs updating or correcting.
Ultima V Lazarus by Team Lazarus is a 2005-2006 remake of the classic game Ultima V Warriors of Destiny from 1988. The game was created as a Siegelet MOD for the game Dungeon Siege, released in 2002 by Gas Powered Games.
What an incredible adventure Lazarus is! I highly recommend this title to fans of Ultima or anyone looking for a great story. I’ve spent more time with this game over the last two months than with any other modern RPG. The world map is breathtakingly large. It took me two real-world weeks to finally get a handle on some prominent locations. Once I became adjusted to navigating the map I started meeting a few characters. Then a few dozen more. Eventually I filled an entire hand written notebook with all the people, their stories and or quests. The lack of an in-game Journal is arguably the most difficult part of the game. While at first I was skeptical of keeping my own notes, in the end I feel it helped me get drawn into the story further and made me enjoy the game even more. I also created maps of all the townes and villages by combining 100s of screenshots with Paint. In fact I took 642 screenshots (2.58GB) and saved my game over 2800 times (26GB).
I have never played the original Ultima V Warriors of Destiny so I have no frame of reference to make a comparison. However, Lazarus did bring back great memories of Ultima VII on my 486DX 33mhz. It also reminded me of playing the early days of Ultima Online with some friends. There is an incredible amount of work that went into making this huge version of Britannia. Every detail has been thought of from beautiful castletop views overlooking villages to the menacing depths of the deepest dungeons. Thank you so much to Team Lazarus for giving me 60 days (and really late nights) of pure entertainment!
You will need an original version of Dungeon Siege so either dust off your old copy or head over to eBay for an easy $5-$10. It takes a little work to get this running on Windows 7 and or 64-bit systems. There are also a number of MODs to the MOD itself which can further enhance the gameplay. Here are a couple of great places to help get your started.
I am a huge fan of the Ultima Series. Ultima Underworld has to be my favorite. An old ad in Computer Gaming World called it “25 Miles of Terror!” I will never forget beating that game. Here are some items I decided to let go of for sale on ebay. Link: Here