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[UO Herald] Stygian Abyss Expansion

Discussion in 'UHall' started by UO News, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. UO News

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    Starting on September 8th players will be able to purchase the newest expansion Stygian Abyss. The cost for the expansion will be $29.99. For new players it will be 39.99 with one month game time.

    For the full press release click here.



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  2. Cear Dallben Dragon

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    WOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  3. Bazer

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    bout damn time :) hope the bugs have been squashed, but cant wait to do some embuing :)
     
  4. Lord Kotan

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    I heard imbueing sucks..

    Are we going to post the rules and such for imbueing?
     
  5. Zodia

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    Ahhh yeah.

    Gonna be sweet.
     
  6. Ender

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    Pre-order bonus? Come on, there's gotta be a pre-order bonus.
     
  7. Amber Moon

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    Now all we need is an NDA drop and open beta.

    Hope the team didn't have big plans for the upcoming holiday weekend. :sad3:
     
  8. Stupid Miner

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    There it is
     
  9. Bazer

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    Current subscribers can also take part in the Stygian Abyss Open Beta from Friday, August 14th – Sunday, August 23rd by logging on the Retribution server on the server selection screen.
     
  10. Storm

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    awesome i want to buy it now.....
     
  11. Ender

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    Not too bad. Not quite as useful as the SE and ML pre-order bonuses, but it's cool. But then, that's not a pre-order, that's a "buy early" bonus.
     
  12. Zodia

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    Which means the NDA will be lifted sometime in the next 48 hours...
     
  13. IanJames

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    What I haven't seen: Is there a bulk order special? For example, 5 SA Expansions for $x.xx ?
     
  14. Xclio

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    I am just glad they the realized that the SA (Now Enhanced) client is not ready for release and have disjointed the SA content from the client release presumeably in an effort to resolve the problems that the new client is.
     
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    I want to know this too.
     
  16. Tazar

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    It seems we have a traitor in our midst! lol

    In spite of the link - the text is straight from the Release Announcement in the original post.
     
  17. Ender

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    Only problems I've had with it are graphics related, and that's not so much of a technical problem as it is an opinion. I just don't like the low-res 2D style graphics.
     
  18. Zodia

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    First of all, they've been disjointed for a long time -- it was months ago that they announced you would be able to play the new expansion in the old 2D client.

    Second of all, what will an "enhanced client release" look like? It's in what they call beta, and they will keep updating it, but one day they'll just say its not in beta anymore and thats that. Software releases are a lot different in the age of digital downloads. I miss my cloth maps personally.
     
  19. DarkWolf

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    Hmmmm...September 8th is my anniversary...

    wonders how well that would go over with the wife....

    Oh well, guess I'll have to purchase the expansion on the 9th.
     
  20. Maximus Neximus

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    So the only way to transform a current character into a gargoyle is if you pre-order? Also the gifts of multiple Alteration Tokens, do you just get those on one shard or multiple?
     
  21. DevilsOwn

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    guessin' they will be codes, you can redeem them wherever... would make the most sense
     
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  24. Ender

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    I'm guessing there will be a quest or something, the tokens just save you the time and effort of doing the quest or whatever.
     
  25. Xclio

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    Actually it wasn't until just now that they said that they intend to release them in different timeframes. Up until now (suppose you could speculate over the past 2-3 weeks) it has been pressumed that they would be releasing together. It wasn't until about 2 weeks ago that they changed the name of the new client from the SA Client to the "Enhanced Client"
     
  26. Hunters' Moon

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    So...when's open beta??
     
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    *points at the herald post that follows*

    ( http://vboards.stratics.com/showthread.php?t=151810 )

     
  28. Zodia

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    For all practical purposes, the new client has been released.
    Yes, they say its "in beta" but the release will simply be a post or press release that says "hey its not in beta anymore" -- thats it. No box, no additional download (besides the regular updates we've been getting) or anything.
    It's been released, and its free.

    The expansion is what everyone really cares about -- new content!!
     
  29. Bazer

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    lol, not sure how it turned into a link to a webby when i posted that but cant wait
     
  30. Bullet

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    Ill repeat it here as well, OMG Hell did freeze over
     
  31. Lord Frodo

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    NNNNOOOOOOO
    Sorry this is being pushed out the door before it is ready, just like KR.
     
  32. hawkeye_pike

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    Are you kidding me?
    I have a list of over 70 unsolved bugs and issues, which I submitted weeks and months ago!
    Are you releasing SA without solving these???

    [Edit: Those are client bugs, I have to add. Maybe they will release the client at a later date?]
     
  33. QFTW


    Every expansion has been a mess. And as EA gets older, the more of a mess they make, it seems. Can't wait to see all the people pancakes then that are jumping for joy right now. :)
     
  34. Teeshy

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    =(

    Isn't there ANY way to get it on a disc? I SO want to try the new client and new stuff, but the downloads are so huge.

    *makes puppy dog eyes*

    Pweaaassee?
     
  35. Taylor

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    And yet, you all still play.

    Me, I enjoy playing. What are your excuses?
     
  36. canary

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    I think they enjoy playing. I think many who are critical of the game do so because they realize the untapped potential the game still has.
     
  37. popps

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    Excuse me ????

    "One of the longest-running MMORPGs in the genre’s history" ?

    I thought Ultima Online was "The" longest-running MMORPG.

    Which others where there before Ultima Online that are still here, running ?


    I had high hopes that Stygian Abyss would bring the Ultima Online box back on stores' shelves to attract more brand new players to the game.
    Why will it only be available via UOGamesCodes.com and the EA STORE™ ?
     
  38. Konge

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    Because boxes cost more. Digital downloading is far cheaper and less things to worry about.
     
  39. Gladius

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    :D They must have "fixed" everything.

    -G-
     
  40. Gladius

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    We figure for them it would be easier to fool the dopes they know than the ones they don't :D:D

    Kidding aside it would well be nicer in the box eh for posterity sakes.

    -G-
     
  41. BajaElladan

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    Hail Folks,

    Others have asked, but I have yet to see an answer, so I ask again;

    Will there be any discounted bundles for folks with multiple accounts? While it is my intention to upgrade all of my accounts, it will be economically impossible for me to pre-order upgrades for all of my accounts at the same time. I would need Obama stimulus money to have any hope of upgrading them all at once unless some form of multiple account discount is offered.

    Perhaps we could pre-order (with or without a discount) but pay the total as part of a monthly installment spread over several months.

    Otherwise, I guess I will upgrade one or two and let the rest wait till better economic times (once the country comes to their senses and votes these liberal progressives the h*## outta office).

    Elladan of Baja
     
  42. Surgeries

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    Bud...I am going to agree with you on this, I believe.

    I really like the new client, but there are some functionality issues that I think should be addressed, as well as the Art.

    I really love that we can set macros to recall from a runebook, but I really dislike that I have to use a separate runebook for each macro. This part will keep me from using the client specifically, myself. I like the art well enough, but it really needs polishing, IMO.

    In addition, I have submitted bugs, too, that I haven't seen fixed.

    I just hope that this will be their best expansion yet...but if they push it out without addressing some of the more show stopping items...then we may get what we have gotten in the past, as well.

    We shall see.
     
  43. Crysta

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    As others have said, the client is not the expansion.. client will still be in beta; this is the content that's being released.
     
  44. Demonous

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    just take advantage of them when it comes out for real..... by the way, what was the gift given when you ordered ML i don't remember... i know aos was hooded shroud and SE was soulstones
     
  45. Crysta

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    Charger of the Fallen wasnt it?
     
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    When NSFNET restrictions were lifted in 1995, the Internet was opened up to developers, which allowed for the first really "massive" titles. The first success after this point was Meridian 59, which also featured first-person 3D graphics,[13] although The Realm Online appeared nearly simultaneously and may be credited with bringing the genre to a wider player-base.[12] Ultima Online, released in 1997, may be credited with first popularizing the genre,[12] though Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds was primarily responsible for mainstream attention throughout Asia which was released in 1996, about a year earlier than Ultima Online. It was EverQuest that brought MMORPGs to the mainstream in the West.[12]

    These early titles' financial success has ensured competition in the genre since that time. MMORPG titles now exist on consoles and in new settings, and their players enjoy higher-quality gameplay. The current market for MMORPGs has Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft dominating as the largest pay-to-play MMORPG [14], alongside earlier such titles like Final Fantasy XI and Phantasy Star Online, though an additional market exists for free-to-play MMORPGs, which are supported by advertising and purchases of in-game items. This free-to-play model is particularly common in Korean MMORPGs such as MapleStory and Rohan: Blood Feud. Also, there are some free-to-play games, such as Runescape, where only about half the game is free and you would have to pay monthly to play the full version. Guild Wars is an exception. It avoids competition with other MMORPGs by only requiring the initial purchase of the game to play.
     
  47. Amber Moon

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    Well, it may in fact hold that title now. Up until 2008, M59 held that title in a lot of peoples eyes, although there is plenty of debate over what counts as 'massive multiplayer'.

    If you don't count a graphical interface and think a few hundred folks amount to massive, then UO loses out to many text based muds and moos.
     
  48. Deb

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    Just a couple questions,
    Will we be able to get a discount on multiple orders and will the bonuses
    apply to each upgrade bought during the early order time frame?
    To the marketing team...How are you going to bring in new players with
    just a digital download? Or is there advertising out there I have not seen?