Ultima VII: The Black Gate turns 20

It might be hard to believe for those old enough to remember it, but it was 20 years ago today that Ultima VII: The Black Gate was released. Considered a defining moment in the history of RPGs, the folks over at the Ultima Codex have put together a phenomenal retrospective of the title.

The retrospective includes some interesting documents from the games designers, including everything from notes scribbled on scraps to concept art, as well as the Japanese manual for the SNES port, which includes some "interesting" artwork.

Ultima VII is widely considered to be the definitive installment of the seminal RPG series, being the last title released by Lord Britishs (AKA Richard Garriot) studio, Origin, before it was taken over by EA. Modern day EA haters will no doubt be amused by the jabs at the company present in the game.

The classic was recently re-released on GOG, where you can snatch it up for a paltry $5.99. If you havent had the opportunity, you really should give it a shot, both because its a great game that has aged well, and because youll be discovering the roots of the modern open-world RPG.

And if you have had a chance to experience the game (and even if you havent), you really ought to check out the Ultima Codexs retrospective. Its pretty awesome. You can also check out our own Retro Wednesday retrospective of the original (and much less impressive) Ultima I.

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