by Azaroth | June 13th, 2012
The time has come to sit down and discuss the Golden Land concept out in the open.
For the longest time, everyone in the UO community has wondered how to reignite the population of an Ultima Online shard short of a wipe or opening a new server. The truth in the observation that it’s simply impossible becomes largely undeniable when much-desired, fully “player positive” changes are implemented like Power Hour and the removal of RoT, and the net effect ends up being very little.
The question becomes – “If people love a fresh start in UO so much, but you cannot wipe the progress of your veterans, and a fresh UO shard is the only thing that truly ignites the passion and imagination of Ultima Online fans in the far reaches of the internet… what is the answer?”
The answer, as I see it, is Parallel Play.
In the Parallel Play system, the entire world remains as it is. The Golden Land is technically a new facet that is “integrated” with the current one.
To travel to the Golden Land brings your current character on the adventure, but with no skills, items, or indeed possessions of any kind whatsoever on his or her first journey. In this alternate realm, no items or skills may be brought back, either.
Players on each facet are visible, yet “ghosted” to each other. Their locations and actions are visible both ways, and travel to and from the alternate realm is done via special items that can transport a player in any location and at almost any time.
In this way, players technically exist in both facets – the actions of all players are visible in your area, whether you’re in Britannia or the Golden Land. Interacting with those in the opposite realm is possible at the click of an item, essentially combining two rulesets into one world.
What we achieve is the excitement of a fresh start and the ability to give our users a wide array of options for play (such a Factions and UO:R PvP). All of this without wiping, new shards, or the loss of our old world and all of the things about it you love.
That being said, we are not forgetting about the old world in any way.
The IPY 2.5 release is HUGE, and we’ll begin discussing our plans for the main facet right here on the brand new INPORYLEM.COM soon.
Please look forward to the beginning of our new 10 in 10 feature this week.сондажи