Ultima fans were given a dose of unfortunate irony late last week, when an administrator for the Ultima Forever forums revealed that the game would be shutting down. As of August 29, the only place EA and Mythic's game will last forever will be in the hearts and minds of those who played it.
Players of the free-to-play RPG for iOS devices can enjoy some going-out-of-business style benefits before the end of days, including an increased drop rate of Gold keys, boosts to Virtue and Reputation rewards, and disabled equipment degradation - meaning your weapons and armor won't take damage.
"This was a very difficult decision for us to make," wrote forum administrator "The Gypsy." "We've seen the game through ups and downs, and hope that you've enjoyed playing it every bit as much as we had making it! Through it all, it's been players like you who've made it all worthwhile."
Ultima Forever was announced in July 2012 and was released worldwide just a year ago. Rest easy, Ultima Forever. We hardly knew ye.