I posted a thread in the "ask the devs" forum, which SEEMS to have been deleted, but I think it would be good to discuss this here too. I thought it was a very positive and encouraging post. I am very passionate about this topic because I love Ultima and UO, so read it with an open mind, thank you: --- I played UO in 2000. I stopped playing in 2003 not because I didn't like it anymore but because of RL reasons. Years later friends started to play WOW and I joined. Played that game for years with detours in LotRO, Rift, Conan, SWTOR etc... I grew tired of MMOs, they are all basically the same. Because of all the years that passed between UO and now I forgot how UO really was but there were those memories of fun I had in UO that I never had in all those other MMOs. I dismissed them as me just being nostalgic. Recently I thought of UO again, because of the new Richard Garriott game, that should be no secret, even here in EA territory but that's beside the point anyway. So I thought I would give UO a try again. I honestly expected to be disappointed, to have my fond memories crushed by the harsh reality of an outdated game.... but ooooh boy I could not have been more wrong! UO is AMAZING still. This game is the result of truly genius passionate people transforming a dream intro reality. Of what I saw the new team also does a great job keeping it alive and expanding it slowly and most of the hard core fans are happy ... more or less. I, as almost hardcore ex-WOW player, as a guy who tried almost all bigger MMOs out there can honestly say, that UO to this day is the BEST MMO there is imo. This is not me being a fan boy, this is the honest truth. Now I wonder, why does UO have such a low subscriber number? We don't know exact numbers of course but the last one published was 100000 and that was years ago. I firmly believe that UO could be AT LEAST at the level of Eve Online which fills a similar niche in another genre. Actually I think it could be even more successful than that still. But why isn't it? some might say it's the subscription fee, others that it's simply because the game is old. I say that the answer is quite simple: This game is not lacking in the gameplay department. It's way ahead of other games there. The single most important reason why it does not attract newer players is its graphics! Yes the 3D client was not well received but that doesn't mean the only way is to simply forget it. Yes there is the enhanced client but it's not what will make new players feel attracted to this game. Somebody at Mythic has to find his balls again (excuse me) and create a prototype of a new 3D isometric engine that can run this game and present it to those who make decisions at EA. I don't write this because I have to have 3D, no I am happy with the enhanced client. I write this because I want this game to GROW again, I want this around for another 15 years! So please Mythic, why don't you dare to do something to make this game shine again. Don't touch the gameplay, we don't want a SWG debacle. But enhance the graphics. Make it pretty so new people will come and check it out and this way SEE just how awesome this game is. This is an example of how it could look: Here a quote from a gametrailers comment on the "High Seas" trailer: So I am not the only one. New shiny graphics will make new players come and check UO out, the old but amazing gameplay will make them stay! Why don't you do anything like that?