See you in Britannia,
The team and I are working hard to finish up the second part of Publish 98 which includes Holiday gifts, new Artisan Festival Rewards and new Veteran Rewards as well as several bug fixes. This month, Ultima Online turns twenty years old, which is an incredible milestone! UO could not have ever reached this point without the tireless work of scores of staff and the amazing support and help of the over 1 million people have played UO in its lifetime! Recently, UO was named the 3rd best MMORPG of all time for 2017 by MMORPG.com
! Again, we could not have attained this distinction without you, so from all of us - a huge thank you to Ultima Online's players past and present! As many of you know, to celebrate this joyous occasion we will be hosting a 20th Anniversary Party and cannot wait to celebrate with the over 200 of you that registered, filling us to capacity in record time! We hope everyone is as excited as we are!
For those attending the party be sure to check the party page
often as we will be updating it with the latest information. We are especially excited for Friday evening when we will be hosting a costume contents. The Judges for the contest will be our honored guests Starr "Lord Blackthorn" Long and Richard "Lord British" Garriott. The prizes for this contest were donated by Mr. David Johnson of Larpers Lounge
. They are great people to work with and extremely helpful with your armor needs if you might have any. We can't wait to see what everyone comes dressed as!
For those that are unable to attend the party we will be taking lots of pictures for you guys so you do not feel left out. Speaking of not leaving you guys out, I have the three winners of the in-game castle raffle that was on TC1. I will be contacting you via email today so please reply with the shard and character name you will be receiving the castle with.
Recently there has been quite a bit of discussion regarding how the Enhanced Client performs with certain graphical effects that creatures use. In an attempt to provide a solution I stated you could adjust settings to increase performance. It turns out these settings were not functioning as we expected, however we have identified the problem and will be releasing a client patch soon to correct it. Thank you to all those who brought this issue to our attention, and apologize for not addressing this sooner. You can read more about Enhanced Client performance issues below.
You can see September has been a busy month for us! We will not be hosting our normal in-game Meet and Greets this month, and will resume those in October. Keep an eye on UO.com for dates, times, and locations for those Meet and Greets.
As a final note from the UO Team, our thoughts and prayers go out to all that have been affected by Hurricane Irma.