Company information


Name: Origin
Established: 1983
Status: Closed
Submitter: Zedas
Score: 10 points
Added: Feb 21 2006

Company description

The company was founded in 1983 by brothers Robert and Richard Garriott ("Lord British";), their father Owen and Chuck "Chuckles" Bueche after Richard had terminated his contract with Sierra On-Line to publish the third part in Richard's Ultima series, Exodus: Ultima III.

Origin produced many successful games including the Ultima Series, Wing Commander and Strike Commander Series, Crusader: No Remorse, System Shock, Wings of Glory.

In September 1992 Electronic Arts acquired the company.

In 1997, they released one of the earliest and most successful graphical Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games: Ultima Online. After this title, Electronic Arts decided that Origin would become an online-only company after the completion of Ultima IX in 1999. However, within a year's time, EA cancelled all of Origin's new development projects, including Ultima Online 2, Privateer Online, and Harry Potter Online. Richard Garriott left Origin shortly after and founded Destination Games in 2000.

In later years, Origin mainly existed to support and expand Ultima Online and to develop further online games based on the Ultima franchise such as Ultima X: Odyssey, originally to be released in 2004 but later cancelled. In February of 2004, the studio was disbanded by Electronic Arts.

Some games developed or published by this company


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By Icec - Jun 20 2006 - 17:28
Origin are the best ... too bad they do not exist anymore  :(  :(  :(

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