EA Officially Announces Ultima Online: Stygian Abyss Coming Summer 2009

April 29, 2009

EA Officially Announces Ultima Online: Stygian
Abyss Coming Summer 2009

Beloved Online World of Britannia To Launch
Eighth Expansion
For One of Gaming’s Longest Running MMORPGs

Mythic Entertainment, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio, today officially announced
Ultima Online™: Stygian Abyss™ the upcoming expansion to legendary MMORPG Ultima
Online™. Slated for release this summer, Stygian Abyss will be the eighth
expansion to one of the longest-running MMORPGs in the genre’s history. The
expansion will introduce a flood of new content for the citizens of Britannia to
explore and conquer.

Stygian Abyss revolves around the introduction of
the playable Gargoyle race. Since taking center stage in the original Ultima
series, Gargoyles have been a fascinating part of the Ultima story – now, Ultima
Online players can enjoy Gargoyles firsthand, with a variety of unique skills,
including Throwing, Imbuing and Mysticism.

“Ultima Online has a unique place in the history
of online games – it was the first truly successful MMORPG and it showed that
there was a real market for these types of games,” said Mark Jacobs, vice
president and general manager of Mythic Entertainment. “UO is still going strong
and we can’t wait to throw open the gates to the Stygian Abyss.”

Players will find expansive new areas to explore,
including Ter Mur, the Gargoyle homeland, and the Stygian Abyss dungeon itself –
the largest dungeon area ever introduced to Ultima Online. The dungeon will
contain new boss monsters of unparalleled difficulty including the Medusa,
Primeval Lich and the Stygian Dragon, as well as Player vs. Player zones where
adventurers will be turned against each other.

Ultima Online: Stygian Abyss expansion requires
the original Ultima Online game to play and will be available in the Summer of
2009 via digital distribution only. To find out more information about the
Gargoyle race, skills and lands, please visit the Ultima Online: Stygian Abyss