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What If EA Hadn't Cancelled Ultima Online 2? A Visit to the Tangent Universe

The logo for Ultima Online 2.

The logo for Ultima Online 2.

Richard “Lord British” Garriott, who founded Origin Systems and created the Ultima franchise.

Richard “Lord British” Garriott, who founded Origin Systems and created the Ultima franchise.

An early screenshot for Ultima Online 2.

An early screenshot for Ultima Online 2.

Concept art for Ultima Online 2 characters, which features a futuristic “steampunk” design.

Concept art for Ultima Online 2 characters, which features a futuristic “steampunk” design.

A character sketch for UO2 from comic book legend Todd McFarlane.

A character sketch for UO2 from comic book legend Todd McFarlane.

A digital version of McFarlane’s character sketch.

A digital version of McFarlane’s character sketch.

A later screenshot of UO2.

A later screenshot of UO2.