Rumors that Richard Garriott was in talks with Electronic Arts to produce a new Ultima game have been flatly denied by EA. While Garriott claimed that these talks were at a high level, if they are going on EA is claiming publicly that they know nothing about them.
Garriott said that he would love to have access to the Ultima property and went on to say, “We’ve had discussions at very high levels within Electronic Arts about access to the property.”
EA claims, “No one at EA is discussing partnership or licensing opportunities related to the Ultima Online franchise,” and this is according to an interview with Jeff Brown of EA.
While many would like to see Ultima make a comeback, it is difficult to say what may or may not being going on. It could be that the statement from EA is nothing more than an attempt to cover up the leak. We would not get too excited yet till things become a bit clearer.