Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn

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The Kingdom Reborn (UO:KR) expansion was announced as part of the Inu Storyline. It officially launched June 27, 2007. The main feature is a brand new client referred to by Darkscribe as being 2.5D, not 2D or 3D. The client is a free download to all UO players. If and when the client reaches 95% usage by the player base, the 2D client will be discontinued. The Third Dawn client was discontinued in May 2007.

The Kingdom Reborn Client, also commonly referred to as the KR Client, was discontinued with the release of the Stygian Abyss expansion in deference to the new Enhanced Client, also commonly referred to as the Stygian Abyss Client or SA Client.

"In preparation for the release of Stygian Abyss, we need to streamline our patch process. Support for the Kingdom Reborn client ends today. For those of you using the Kingdom Reborn client, you will need to download either the Classic or upgrade to the Enhanced client."
Link to Official KR Client End of Life Announcement

Expansion Confusion

An early announcement on the Japanese UO website confused players into thinking the next race and other details were released prematurely. What was actually released was news on the next UO expansion called Stygian Abyss, which featured Gargoyles as a playable race and the largest dungeon in UO to date. Kingdom Reborn was mostly a brand new client with almost no server side content additions, except for those implemented into the client.

New Features

Enhanced New Player Experience

New Interface

Graphics

Criticisms

There have been many points of criticism of the new client. For one, the new graphics have been met with a mixed reaction by players. The client launched with things not implemented, many bugs and performance issues. In addition, the 2D client underwent some undesirable art changes, mostly in respect to landscapes. The developers have address the later and continue to work on the first two items.

FAQ

What is Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn? Just a new client or more?

The videos all show KR being played in full-screen mode. Will we still be able to play in windowed mode?

What will happen to approved third-party programs, such as UOAssist and UO Automap?

Will Kingdom Reborn affect gameplay balance/crafting/PvP/etc?

I heard about "Bright Paths" in an interview. What're those?

How will Kingdom Reborn affect scripting, duping, and other methods of cheating?

Will Kingdom Reborn affect account security in any way?

Darkscribe said something about old Seer, IGM, or EM-placed items going away with KR. Does this mean my favorite hangout will disappear?

The inventory looks totally different, and I hate it! How could you take away our backpacks?

MrTact said something about "modal chat" - what is that? Do I have to use that?

What are the system requirements?

Is the new client 2d or 3d?

Will we be able to rotate or otherwise change the camera angle?

Will the new special effects be scalable? If I have a fast computer, can I enable more cool effects to make the game look better?

Will we still be able to play with the old 2D or 3D client after Kingdom Reborn launches?

Will there be new music?

Are we going to have to move shards? What about my house and all my stuff?

Screenshots

Click the image for full size view. You can also see more pictures of the client from the Atlantic Town Hall meeting here.

Newest

Older

Players fighting what appears to be Lizardmen in Covetous
More dungeon fighting
An NPC house perhaps
Another house
Are those Mongbats or are we getting winged monekys?
That guy is sitting on a bed! ON A BED!
A mage attempts to strike down a foe with Lightning
An area inside the city of Wind
Players are battling in an unknown location
The entrance to the Lyceaeum on Verity Isle
The area near the rear of the Lyceaeum
The apartments behind the Lyceaeum

See Also

Announcement Press

Atlanta Town Hall Meeting Demo Videos

New York Town Hall Meeting Videos

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