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Will you return?

Discussion in 'UHall' started by Vortimer, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. Vortimer

    Vortimer Guest

    Since Stygian Abyss is coming out pretty soon was just curious as to how many old players were thinking about coming back and giving it one last shot? I would like to see some old faces that I played with years ago...

    Lots of people are saying this is UO's last chance at keeping their current playerbase.

  2. Tay M'real

    Tay M'real Guest

    that's quite a final statement there - I love the new client but to say that's where they are hinging...man...i hope not
  3. Zodia

    Zodia Guest

    I came back in May specifically because of SA. I wanted to prepare for it, and hopefully get into the beta (which i did).
    I was gone for over 2 years.
    Since UO's birth it never went more than about 12-18 months without an expansion. It has now been 4 years since Mondain's Legacy, the last expansion. I think this was a serious mistake EA made -- why this happened is still mostly unanswered, but the arrival of Mythic, the focus on Warhammer, all were contributors. UO was like a listless ship loose in a storm. It had no direction. Well, after Warhammer tanked, the go ahead for SA was finally given.

    Expansions are like an injection of energy to a game. They draw back old players, bring in new ones, and retain those who might drift elsewhere. A game like UO should have an expansion EVERY year (or about). They don't have to be HUGE, but they should be worth the $30.

    If we have to go another 4 years for the next expansion, I really worry about UO's future. SA's success isn't UO's last chance, but we need EA/Mythic to fund the next expansion as soon as possible.
  4. ColterDC

    ColterDC Visitor

    May 13, 2008
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    Unless there's some anti-cheat software included in SA, then NO.

    SA is the equivalent of the guy at the funeral home who dresses up the corpses.
  5. Maplestone

    Maplestone Crazed Zealot
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    Jul 26, 2008
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    There have been many last chances before and I'm confident there will be many more in the future :)
  6. five oclock

    five oclock Guest

    hrm...I never left :D
  7. Ender

    Ender Crazed Zealot
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    Jun 12, 2008
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    Of course, there's less and less people with every last chance. You all overlook that when you say that "oh ya people have said UO is doomed for like, ever". <_<
  8. Beer_Cayse

    Beer_Cayse Guest

    I have taken sabbaticals thru the almost 10 years of play. This last one (2nd longest @ 8 months) was over once I was able to get into the beta.
  9. Tuferon

    Tuferon Adventurer
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    Sep 14, 2008
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    No we will not in the forseable future
  10. Torin Galka

    Torin Galka Guest

    I just re-uped a couple of weeks ago. Reactivated both of my accounts. Been away for about 2 years.
  11. Gladius

    Gladius Guest

    only MacArthur returns

    only William can Tell on SA
  12. hawkeye_pike

    hawkeye_pike Babbling Loonie
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    May 15, 2008
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    I don't think that the Stygian Abyss expansion is a reason to return to UO. I know that the expansion is very exciting and well done (I was beta tester). But there will be no revolutionary change to UO, that would make veterans consider to come back. Those who will return, will do so because UO offers more to them than all the other MMORPGs.

    That is - pardon me - utter nonsense. The current player base will remain devoted UO players, because they realized that UO has changed for the better during the past 2 years, and UO is the best MMORPG on the market. The current Developer Team is proceeding in little steps to eliminate problems that have existed for many years.

    There still lies a long road ahead of them, though.

    To my opinion, to really revolutionize this game and make people join the UO community sustainably, you would have to do the following:

    • Improve monster spawn and AI (according to the original concept).
    • Make the existing game world more interesting and dynamic.
    • Continue to reduce item importance.
    • Solve the Trammel/Felucca split problem in an intelligent way.
    • Make a Seafaring Expansion.
    • Continue to improve the already very good SA Client.
  13. Mitzlplik_SP

    Mitzlplik_SP Guest

    I came back about 3 months ago,but it had nothing to do with SA. I`m again unimpressed with the "enhanced" client. If SA was the only hope to bring back the masses.....we`d be in trouble IMO.

    I`m not going to be looking forward to a change of clients until the day comes that I try a new client and am able to say... "WOW, that looks better than 2d!" So far,thats never happened with any Xpac that was supposed to be a superior client. I`m glad SA will be doable/usable in 2d with some exceptions.

    I think what will bring peaple back is whats going on now with EM`s and events. Different,unique things happening all the time. EM`s were a huge step in the right direction. Also shows that EA does care about this game which goes a long way in the moral of the playerbase.

    SA`s OK,but not good enuff for me to make the permanent change. I still hate the char model,the free form back pack hides half of the things contained within,like half a gold pile,just the tips of weapons showing etc.Not to mention the smaller sizes of some things combined with the fuzziness.So I`m forced to use list or grid which royally sux.
    It just makes it feel more like work to play SA for me instead of the fun 2d provides.
  14. RichDC

    RichDC Guest


    If we know our "parents" care we continue to remain patient and await the fixes we all know(and im sure they do as well) are needed.
  15. Gandie

    Gandie Guest

    I won't return before i see if SA will bring a healthy population to all the empty servers.
  16. Cinnamon

    Cinnamon Guest

    I'm one of those (I'm sure many) players that has been gone yet never left. In other words, my accounts are and have been active all along, played since the beginning, and I still log on every day even if it's only to feed my fish. But I haven't actively played & participated in a real long time other than very occasional and brief bouts of enthusiasm. But when I do get onto one of those kicks and do anything that involves leaving my house, I feel lost. People are wearing things and going places and doing things that I can't comprehend. The feeling is worse than being a noob--more like being an alien. I feel like an outsider in my own world.

    When I do get to play, I am usually looking forward to doing those things that I remember from back in the day. I go fish up MIB's, or go dig up treasure chests. When I want to re-up a character's fame I go kill demons in Wind. If I ever do want to try something "new" (meaning new for me, not necessarily new to the game), I feel so lost and don't know where to go for info. When I look at vendors, I see items on there that are completely foreign to me. When I try looking online for information, I never find any comprehensive sources, everything's written in a way that assumes the reader already knows at least something about the topic, not at a basic enough level for someone who truly has no idea what it is.

    So am I thinking of "returning" for the new expansion? I wish I could but with such limited playtime available to me, I'm not sure if I can handle all the new content along with having to learn a new client all at the same time. When I do get time to play, I need to be able to jump right in and play the way I always knew. My reasons for not as much playtime haven't changed, I've got my hands full with real life and now I even have a baby on the way in a couple of months, I wish I had more time to play because I miss it a lot.

    Having said that, I totally agree with the need for a new client. I love UO and want it to thrive and I accept that technological advances are the best way to ensure that. I also agree that sometimes moving forward technologically means having to step outside the comfort zone, and growing up sometimes means leaving behind some of those things that were very sentimental to us.

    I'll probably keep doing what I do, taking care of my fish & plants, perhaps drop down to just one account and EA will still have at least one of my subscriptions for at least the forseeable future. But it has moved on without me--I can never truly "return."

    Btw, the baby on the way is, in a way, thanks to UO--my husband and I first met in UO, had an in-game wedding 11 years ago next month, and married in real life almost 7 years ago! So UO will always have a place in my heart no matter what.
  17. SA will not be on any store shelves, so I wouldn't count on any huge influx of players across all shards.
  18. TheGrayGhost

    TheGrayGhost Guest

    I came back months ago.

    The thing about UO is, daily I run into returning vets. This has been going on for awhile now. People leave UO and take a break or are ready to quit for good, give out there stuff say Seeya and BAM, hi! I am returning after a 2 year break. Even I do it. UO is one of those things that if you truly enjoy it, it's hard to say goodbye for good. So no I seriously doubt this is any last chance type of thing for UO. Some will come back, some will leave to come back another day. Some may leave and never come back, but I've never had a day in UO where I haven't met someone new (To me). If it will cheer you up, just think UO probably has at least twice the population of DFO :p
  19. hawkeye_pike

    hawkeye_pike Babbling Loonie
    Stratics Veteran

    May 15, 2008
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    Go there:
    UO Adventurer's Guide
  20. Siteswap

    Siteswap Visitor

    May 17, 2009
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    Without wanting to be too contravertial, I think that a 'Classic' Shard would bring back a lot more people than SA will.

    Most of those that left didnt leave because of a lack of expansions or because the client hadnt been updated. They left because UO had changed too much from what it used to be.

    If its returning players that EA are trying to attract then SA isnt going to do that in any great numbers. A classic shard would bring in more imho.

  21. popps

    popps Always Present
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    Feb 27, 2004
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    Well, over 12 years now the world of Ultima Onlina has grown a whole lot.

    This is a good thing as novel lands are nice to see, but also a bad thing because this means that UO players are too scattered all over a vast world.

    Yes, new expansions are nice but personally, rather than see new content in new lands I'd rather see future expansions with new content but over old lands.

    Perhaps change the old lands into new due to environmental changes (earthquakes, floods, anything) and add new content to them but I'd prefer no more new lands, at least for a while.

    Already UO existing players are too thinned out over the vast lands there are.