Ultima IV, which is a game from the time when games really were games, and not transmedia double-dip marketing opportunities, is now free on GOG. Haha, games are really old. I am old. Oh dear.
Back in the late 90s, EA rereleased Ultima IV as freeware. Sort of. If you didn’t download it from an officially authorised host, you’re still technically committing piracy – even though the game is indeed freely available. It’s a long story, documented exhaustively here, but the sudden upshot of it is that EA are cracking down on sites that have been hosting it for bloomin’ ages. Unfortunately, this has also affected a number of ambitious and long-standing fan mods and remakes.
Why? And why now?
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