|Launched:||December 17, 2004|
|Time Zone:||Western US|
|Maintenance Time:||5:00AM PST/PDT|
Origin is a North American shard and is named after the original game studio that developed and launched Ultima Online, Origin Systems Incorporated. Origin was launched a day late on December 17, 2004 to roughly coincide with the launch of Ultima Online: Samurai Empire expansion. As such, only accounts upgraded or bought with the expansion were allowed to create characters on the shard for the first month.
Origin traditionally receives all Publishes and updates before other production shards.