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Developer spotlight: Origin

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Origin Systems was founded in 1983 by one of the most popular game designers of all time: Richard Garriott. The most notable games of Origin Systems are the RPGs belonging to the Ultima series: Ultima from I to IX, Ultima Online, Martian Dreams and Savage Empire.
Let's not forget the entire Wing Commander series, created by Chris Roberts (they even made a movie out of it).
In 1992 Electronic Arts acquired Origin Systems. Under the new owner, Garriott released Ultima Online, but the dream didn't last. In 1999 EA shut down many ongoing project and Richard Garriott left.
In 2004 Origin Systems officially ceased to exist.

 retro game historygenrereleased in
Ultima 2: Revenge of the EnchantressUltima 2: Revenge of the Enchantressrpg - top-down perspective1983
Ultima 3: ExodusUltima 3: Exodusrpg - top-down perspective1985
Ultima 4: Quest of the AvatarUltima 4: Quest of the Avatarrpg - top-down perspective1985
MoebiusMoebiusrpg - action RPG1987
Ultima 1: The First Age of DarknessUltima 1: The First Age of Darknessrpg - top-down perspective1987
2400 A.D.2400 A.D.rpg - top-down perspective1988
AutoduelAutoduelracing - vehicular combat1988
Times of loreTimes of lorerpg - top-down perspective1988
Ultima 5: Warriors of DestinyUltima 5: Warriors of Destinyrpg - top-down perspective1988
OmegaOmegastrategy - programming game1989
Space RogueSpace Roguevehicle simulation - space exploration1989
Windwalker (Moebius 2)Windwalker (Moebius 2)rpg - action RPG1989
Ultima 6: The False ProphetUltima 6: The False Prophetrpg - top-down perspective1990
Wing CommanderWing Commandervehicle simulation - space combat1990
Worlds of Ultima: The Savage EmpireWorlds of Ultima: The Savage Empirerpg - top-down perspective1990
Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian DreamsUltima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreamsrpg - top-down perspective1991
Wing Commander 2: Vengeance of the KilrathiWing Commander 2: Vengeance of the Kilrathivehicle simulation - space combat1991
Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black GateUltima 7 Part 1: The Black Gaterpg - top-down perspective1992
Ultima 7 Part 2: Serpent IsleUltima 7 Part 2: Serpent Islerpg - top-down perspective1993
Wing Commander AcademyWing Commander Academyvehicle simulation - space combat1993
Wing Commander: PrivateerWing Commander: Privateervehicle simulation - space combat1993
Ultima 8: PaganUltima 8: Paganrpg - isometric perspective1994
Crusader: No RemorseCrusader: No Remorseshooter - third-person shooter1995
Crusader: No RegretCrusader: No Regretshooter - third-person shooter1996
TranslandTranslandshooter - first-person shooter (FPS)1996


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