Electronic Arts and Aeria Games have jointly announced the launch of Lord of Ultima, a new addition to the Ultima franchise that can be played within a browser.
Following the successful launch of Battlefield Heroes and Need for Speed World, Lord of Ultima is the latest, and third, title Aeria Games has released from its multi-game deal for EA’s portfolio of Play4Free games.
"Set in the legendary Ultima universe, the game transports players to the new world of Caledonia where players aim to grow their capital on the path to glory," reads the description. "By exploring new continents and forging a vast empire, players will master the art of diplomacy and trade as well as the military activities of spying, plundering, and conquering enemy cities. Players can mark their place in history by attaining the mighty and feared status as Lord of Ultima."
As indicated, Lord of Ultima is a browser-based massively multiplayer online real-time simulation game that includes 30 diverse buildings and 18 powerful combat units. Players can choose to become either a peaceful merchant or a feared conqueror, whatever strikes their fancy. The game's social ingredients include an advanced trading system, alliance features, and online chat. EA and Aeria also claim that Lord of Ultima is "easy to learn but difficult to master."
EA says there is no registration required to play, and the game was designed "to be fun for everyone." But given that Lord of Ultima is a free-to-play title, the new MMORTS depends on the micro transaction model to survive. That means creating an account and purchasing virtual funds with real-world cash to build an empire at an accelerated rate.
Lord of Ultima is available to play now on Aeria Games’ network in all supported languages, including English, German, Turkish, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.