After the well received Ultima 7 The Black Gate, Origin decided that the new Ultima engine could be used for one more game. Enter Serpent Isle. This time the Avatar travels to a whole new land, far away from the usual Britannia. Serpent Isle brings its own charm to the series; exploring new lands is a welcome change after seven chapters spent walking around in the same Britannia landscape.
"I remember the moment I started playing Ultima 7 Part 2. I had The Black Gate still in my mind: I loved it, and I wanted something similar. After a few weeks (or months?) I finished Serpent Isle and I was a bit disappointed. Sure, it's a wonderful Ultima game, but it lacked the open world "feeling" I experienced with The Black Gate. Maybe it was the new setting, a world different than the well know Britannia, or maybe I was just to attached to characters like Batlin or Lord British. To this day, I think Black Gate is far superior, but don't let this discourage you! Try Serpent Isle for yourself." - Abandonware DOS