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December 24, 2000

UO: Third Dawn - Alpha Test First Looks

Xena Dragon, over at UOSS, received a CD for Ultima Online: Third Dawn, and shared some first impressions with us. Below is a snippet, and the whole article is here:

UO: Third Dawn - Alpha Test First Looks

Since the Alpha Test Server was not on-line yet, I logged in on a regular shard to at least see what Britannia looks like now. The first thing you notice is that the 'old' and the 'new' art go along rather well. Objects in my house for instance all used the 'old' art, where my Avatar itself was presented with a 3D model. The grass and trees outside are made of new art too. One thing I immediately noticed is that spoken text appears over your body instead of over your head. Like I already noticed during the login sequence, all text and gumps fade in onto the screen, instead of just appearing, which looks rather nice. I ran back and forth a bit and even though the graphics card I tested on was below specs, the performance was good.

Posted by Nobody at December 24, 2000 1:44 PM

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