Origin Systems Announces First Ultima Online Fan Event

 

World
Faire Website: http://www.uo.com/faire 

 

ORIGIN
Systems Announces First Ever Ultima Online Fan Convention
World
Faire 2000 to Feature Panel Discussions, Renaissance Village,
Exclusive
Product Demos and More

 

 

AUSTIN,
Texas, August 4, 2000-ORIGIN Systems(tm), the creators of software
and
Internet worlds, will be rolling out the red carpet this fall to the
legions
of people who live and play in its virtual fantasy world, Ultima(tm)
Online
(UO). On November 10-11, ORIGIN Systems will host the first ever UO
player
convention, World Faire 2000, at the Austin Convention Center in
Austin,
Texas. The event will be held in conjunction with the Port Austin:
Plug
in to the Future of Broadband event, taking place at the same time in
the
Convention Center.

 

The
UO fan event will feature more than 50 panels, workshops and roundtable

discussions on all things UO including an array of
topics ranging from
player towns and
political systems to fishing and treasure hunting, game
balance,
weapons, guilds, blacksmithing and dungeons. Members of the Ultima
Online
development team will lead many of the discussions. Players
themselves
will host other panels.

 

Another
highlight will be the main exhibit hall featuring a renaissance
village
of vendors where attendees can purchase exclusive UO merchandise
from
licensed UO vendors and participate in game tournaments and demos. UO
players
will also be involved in peddling their own UO merchandise.
Strolling
through the hall, fans will also find live medieval weaponry
exhibitions,
a fantasy art show and a charity auction. UO players who
participate
in their own musical bands will be invited to perform.
"This
is really a celebration of Ultima Online players," says Gordon Walton,

ORIGIN Systems vice president of online services.
"In nearly three years,
the world of
UO has grown to more than 200,000 active subscribers from all
around
the globe. Now many of them will get a chance to interact directly
with
the people who developed the virtual world they live in. Even better,
they’ll
now be able to meet face to face with friends they’ve made in UO."

Attendees will be treated to special happy hour
event parties each night of
the convention,
one of which will be a special unveiling of the exciting new
plans
for Ultima Online.

 

Players
can register for World Faire 2000 online at
http://www.uo.com/faire
. There is limited registration. Discounts are
available
for those who register early.

 

About
Ultima(tm) Online

Ultima
Online is a thriving, persistent, virtual world where more than
200,000
people live and play on the Internet. Players can enjoy true social
interaction
with other participants in real-time, form adventure parties,
engage
in battles, take on perilous quests or chat in a tavern over a goblet
of
virtual ale.

 

About
ORIGIN Systems(tm)

ORIGIN(tm)
Systems develops and publishes state-of-the-art entertainment
software.
To date, the company has released more than 60 titles, including
the
award winning Ultima, Wing Commander(tm), Privateer(tm) and Crusader
series
of games. ORIGIN is based in Austin, Texas and is a wholly owned
subsidiary
of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS). More information on ORIGIN
products
can be found on the Internet at http://www.origin.ea.com.

 

About
Electronic Arts

Electronic
Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS), headquartered in Redwood City, California,
is
the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded

in 1982, Electronic Arts (EA) posted revenues of
more than $1.4 billion for
fiscal 2000. The
company develops, publishes and distributes software
worldwide
for the Internet, personal computers and video game systems.
Electronic
Arts markets its products under three brand names: EA SPORTS(tm),
EA
GAMES(tm) and EA.COM(sm). More information about EA’s products and full

text of press releases can be found on the
Internet at http://www.ea.com.

 

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