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I can't exaggerate how cool it was in 1993.
Ultima Underworld and Syndicate are key games in their respective genres: Underworld is one of the most beautiful dungeon trackers ever made, and Syndicate was an innovative (and very fun) real-time tactics game. They are also very old, released in 1992 and 1993 respectively, which means that they can be difficult to run with modern hardware.
The versions currently available in GOG make this process easier, but they won't last much longer. GOG announced yesterday that, at the "request of the publisher", Ultima Underworld 1 and 2, Syndicate Plus, i Syndicate Wars will be canceled June 28th.
The publisher of all three is Electronic Arts, which leads to speculation that EA wants to reclaim its older games as exclusive to Origin (the original Ultima and Syndicate games are available there), and are confident that it will be the first step towards something new in one or both series. This seems a little less than likely to me, though I would definitely be happy to see it.
People who already have the games on GOG will continue to have access to them. Those who don’t have until Monday to make it possible, and the good news for anyone considering a purchase is that they are on sale right now for $ 1.50 each, less than the price of a shopping bag. 'decent size shavings.
In 2014 we did an hour-long tour of Ultima Underworld with designer Paul Neurath. Enjoy everything below.
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