Nostalgia is a powerful force, but is it powerful enough to breathe life into some of the first MMOs ever made? Broadsword games — the new studio in charge of Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot — believe in nostalgia and have both Dark Age of Camelot and Ultima Online up on Steam Greenlight.
With the support of the Steam community, Broadsword Games is hoping to bring Ultima and DAoC to new audiences. Both games will feature 14-day free trials and will cost $15 a month to maintain subscriptions after the trials. The communities for both games are still relatively active, but they definitely don’t have as much of a playerbase as they did in their heyday. If the games are Greenlit, perhaps their communities will grow and thrive. On the other hand, there exists the possibility that price-conscious Steam gamers will look at the $15 a month subscription fee and go back to playing something a little more free.
In any case, it is a positive thing that gamers of all ages will be able to explore the roots of the MMO genre through games that might just be accessible on Steam. Do you think Ultima and DAoC can hold up among Steam users? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!