In July 2008, Cyan announced that they would self publish a multiplayer version, making this the fourth time a multiplayer version of Uru will be released! The initial release by Cyan will have no new Cyan content, but fans will be able to create their own content (with some restrictions). Cyan will review player created content and add it to the game, for other players to enjoy.
Two good links
History of Uru – Wikipedia entry
My first screenshot from the 2003 beta. I start Uru. I am in the desert in New Mexico. What will I find?
My private age – Relto – my home in Uru . This is a private age, though I can invite other players as guests.
Bevin, a neighorhood in Uru. This is a shared age, an age owned by more than one player. The age can be open to all players, or private, which means that only the owners can access it.
Do I like Uru? Yes – I do. Would I recommend that you play Uru. My answer – I don’t know.
I’ve been with Uru for…well…forever. I was one of the first people admitted to the 2003 beta test. I’m been a player, a supporter, a critic. I’ve been a volunteer moderator for the official web forum, starting with the first publisher, Ubisoft, in 2003, then with Gametap and Cyan. (I don’t mod anymore – short answer – no time). I’ve made friends.
When I was laid off in 2003 (company merger, layoffs, you know the story, working again, all is good), Uru kept me going during unhappy times. I’ve never considered myself to be what we call an “avid” fan – though if you look at how long I’ve been in Uru, and my involvement in the community, I’m much more of a fan than I think I am! Uru has been a constant in my life since 2003. I know the game world – it’s a part of me. I’ve lived there. There were times when I would not logon for weeks, but I would always come back. I have the solo player version of Uru,; it’s beautiful, but I miss the multiplayer version. I will play MMO URU when it comes back
I’ve also been a critic. Uru is beautiful and sometimes it’s wonderful, but it’s also flawed. I won’t go into the flaws here (maybe a later post), but think about it. There is enough interest to resurrect Uru three times (four if you count Until Uru), but then the game was cancelled, several times. Something is going on.
Will you like it? I don’t know. I don’t think those of us who have been with Uru forever are the best judges of whether other people will like it. We aren’t objective. Uru is our history, our community, our home. I recommend that you read up, and perhaps, give it a try. Uru (called MORE) is going to be very reasonably priced – about $25.00 (US) for a 6 month subscription – payable via Paypal, so it will be available around the world. Here’s a link to the official site, including the online forum.
amarez – mszv