U2 Upgrade Maintenance

While this site may appear to be dead every now and then, I can assure you it is not. In addition to my full time job, I’m taking two classes this semester that have turned out to be more demanding than I had expected. Development is progressing, albeit at a snail’s pace. To prove it to you, I have a new version of U2 available which adds some new content that continues my previous work and also fixes a create character bug.

U2 has gone Gold!

Finally, the U2 Upgrade is complete. Release 1.0 is available on the download page. You can read all about it here. If you don’t want all the details, then let me say just this – you can now disable autosave, save on galaxy maps, and save on your vehicle. Oh, and most of the text is lowercase now, too!

I’ve also added two more related packages to the downloads page: Xenerkes Dragon’s Ultimatrix, and Wiltshire and Aradindae Dragon’s U4 VGA/MIDI Upgrade!

Proper Credit

Ah, at long last, my final is over! And in another two weeks, my business trips to Georgia will be at a peaceful end. Soon, I can concentrate on the more important things in life, like a much-needed vacation, and some ever-so relaxing assembly language projects. Life will be good.

Shortly after my previous release of the U2 Upgrade, I was informed that the Divide By Zero fix used in the Ultima Collection CD was actually another form of Micro Dragon’s Speed Fix, although Origin never properly credited him. (The bastards!) I’ll have the README file updated with this info for the next release of the U2 Upgrade, which I am expecting to complete by next weekend. Thanks to Paulon Dragon for this info!

Progress with U2

I have a new release of the U2 Upgrade available, (alpha 0.2). It’s a little more stable than it was before and has increased compatibility with newer systems. The Galaxy Map Patch is also now included, with Moonstone Dragon’s blessing of approval.

Not much else going on right now other than real life issues. Finals are creeping ever closer, as is the end of an Atlanta business trip, (read: crunch time!) so there may be another break of silence for several weeks. We’ll see…

The Exodus Has Begun!

Time passed, and the omens became troubled. Comets clashed across the sky and rumbles were heard deep in the ground. Then one day, in a fiery birth of molten lava, an island rose up in the middle of the ocean… An evil power was rising in the West, and all Sosaria groaned to its flexing. When tales emerged that the Great Earth Serpent had risen from its long slumber at the bottom of the ocean, prophets began to cry that the End of the World was at hand…

What was once known as the “Ultima III Upgrade Project” is no longer. It has evolved beyond its original being. Another soul has joined the chorus of its predecessors and crossed over into another plane of existence. It has taken its first step towards completing its Exodus.

Translation: It is my pleasure to announce that the first pre-release of the U2 EGA Upgrade is now available. Please see the U2 project page for details. Since this game cannot be included under the former “U3 Upgrade” title of the web site, it only made sense that I should refit the site to accommodate more than one upgrade project.