ltima V: Lazarus is an exceedingly ambitious project that greatly improves the graphics and sound of the PC version of Ultima V. However, that's not all. Rather than releasing an "upgrade patch," as happened with Ultima IV, what we've done is a true from-the-ground-up remake of the gaming classic, Ultima V.
It is built in the Dungeon Siege 3D RPG engine, which you can learn more about at DUNGEONSIEGE.COM, and it has brand new graphics, CD-quality orchestral music (including re-mastered versions of the original U5 music plus some new pieces), improved and expanded dialogue, and a much more "alive" design for the Underworld, amongst other improvements.
“The Shadowlords have come. Lord British, the True King of Britannia, has been taken by them. Blackthorn, friend of the king and regent in Lord British's absence, has fallen into corruption and seized the Crown for himself. The Companions of the Avatar, your friends, have been named outlaw and live in hiding. Britannia lies in darkness, in fear. Animosity and deceptions abound. You last left Britannia in a golden age of Virtue and Enlightenment, but it is to this that you return.
Save our King. Find a way to stop the Shadowlords. Free Britannia from Blackthorn’s tyranny. Light the way to some answers… before the shadows becomes so black that no answers can be seen. If you fall prey to this darkness, Avatar… then I fear we truly will be lost.”
ltima V: Lazarus is being produced completely nonprofit by a group of avid Ultima fans who call themselves "Team Lazarus." Lazarus will be available for users who own a copy of Gas-Powered Games' Dungeon Siege**, the engine we're modding. Dungeon Siege will be required because Lazarus is a Siegelet for it and we do not own the rights to the Dungeon Siege engine.
Although we have not been prohibited from creating this project, we have thus far been unable to acquire written permission for Lazarus due to the continually changing senior staff at OSI. We are proceeding with our efforts in good faith that--because of the non-profit and non-damaging nature of our project (in addition to our positive intentions toward Origin, EA, and Ultima in general)--EA will refrain from shutting us down. The sole purpose of our project is to gain a working knowledge of game development through experience, not to turn a profit.
** Dungeon Siege is developed by Gas-Powered Games (GPG).
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Ultima V: Lazarus is a fan-built recreation for Ultima V and is not affiliated in any way with Origin Systems, Inc. or Gas-Powered Games.