Ultima IV Remastered now available for the C64
Another big hitter in the retro scene for C64 owners is today’s release of Ultima IV Remastered for the C64. Originally released way back in the late 80’s for the Apple II and ported over to the C64, is arguably one of the best RPG’s ever released for the Commodore. It is the first in the “Age of Enlightenment” trilogy, shifting the series from the hack and slash, dungeon crawl gameplay of its “Age of Darkness” predecessors towards a story-driven approach. This remastered version however fixes more than just a few bugs and pushes the game to almost perfection.
According to the developer Ultima IV remastered has updated in game graphics, new intro graphics, a new loader, many bugs fixed and patches from the DOS version. The largest job was fixing the dialogue, simply because there is so much of it. The early releases were littered with typos and downright bugs where some paths of the dialogue were inaccessible. Fortunately it got progressively better with each port and the last DOS version provided a good starting point. Interestingly the 68k ports were independently fixed and differ both in style and how the bugs have been fixed.
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