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Origin Systems
Origin Systems   #5


Games developed: 30
Games published: 25
Period: 1986 - 2005

Although now a "household" name as far as computer games are concerned, before Origin rocketed to fame and fortune with the Wing Commander and Ultima series, the company produced a lot of quality, less-known RPGs for the Commodore 64 and early PCs that are each memorable in its own way. (The description of exactly how they are memorable is provided below with each game). From space epics to medieval hack-and-slash, post-apocalyptic era, oriental motif and beyond, Origin certainly knows how to turn diverse material into eminently playable RPGs.

Origin was founded in 1983 by Richard Garriott, a.k.a. "Lord British," and since then has produced more than 60 highly acclaimed titles. Development continues at ORIGIN for Internet-only products. The first of those was Ultima Online and its follow-up, Ultima Online: The Second Age. Ultima Online , the industry’s most successful and profitable online-only game, today allows thousands of people to play simultaneously in a persistent fantasy world and currently has 150,000 active player accounts.

The company became a subsidiary of Electronic Arts in 1995.

Note: at the request of Steve Jackson Games, all material pertaining to two Origin games based on SJ Games licenses Autoduel and Ogre have been removed from this site. Please contact Steve Jackson Games directly if you would like to buy these two PC classics.

  • Origin has created the Ultima Web Archive - good source of information about their flagship series. Features exceptional maps.
  • The Ultima Dragons - Internet Chapter - the most comprehensive fan site for all things Ultima: maps, screenshots, alkthroughs, and other Ultima-related information that borders on the anal-retentive :)
  • Visit Micro Dragon's Home Page for an *incredible* amount of Ultima-related information. He might actually have more Ultima-related files (Windows themes, fonts, maps, you name it) than Origin. A must visit for every Ultima fan.

Related companies: Electronic Arts, Looking Glass Technologies, Raven Software

Related companies: Electronic Arts   Looking Glass Technologies   Raven Software  

Titles Developed or Published
Genre
Year
Avg. Rating
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee2400 A.D.
RPG
1987
8.32
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeAkalabeth Remake
RPG
2000
8.32
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeBad Blood
RPG
1990
8.38
BioForge
Adventure
1995
8.78
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeCrusader: No Regret
Action
1996
8.94
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeCrusader: No Remorse
Action
1996
8.92
CyberMage: Darklight Awakening
Action
1995
8.55
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeKnights of Legend
RPG
1989
9.1
Moebius
RPG
1987
8.35
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeOmega
Strategy
1989
8.69
Origin FX
Application
1993
6.69
Pacific Strike
Simulation
1994
8.22
Privateer 2: The Darkening
Action
1996
8.92
Privateer Remake
Action
2005
7.92
Hall of Belated Fame InducteePrivateer: Righteous Fire
Action
1993
8.92
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeShadowcaster
RPG
1993
9.07
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeSpace Rogue
RPG
1990
8.47
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeStrike Commander
Simulation
1993
9.02
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeSystem Shock
RPG
1994
9.14
Tangled Tales
RPG
1989
8.44
Times of Lore
RPG
1989
8.27
Transland
Action
1996
7.8
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeUltima IV: Quest of The Avatar VGA
RPG
1986
9.04
Windwalker
RPG
1988
8.45
Wing Commander Academy
Action
1995
8.63
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeWing Commander: Armada
Action
1994
8.31
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeWing Commander: Privateer
Action
1993
8.98
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeWing Commander: Secret Ops
Action
1998
8.69
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeWing Commander: The Kilrathi Saga
Action
1997
8.92
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeWings of Glory
Simulation
1995
8.93
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeWorlds of Ultima: Martian Dreams
RPG
1991
8.47
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeWorlds of Ultima: Savage Empire
RPG
1990
8.47
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