ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
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Origin Systems was founded by Richard Garriott in 1983, after disputes with publisher Sierra On-Line over the publishing of Ultima II. He then decided that he wanted to create his own company that would publish his games.
It became well known for their Ultima, Wing Commander, and Privateer game franchises. Acquired by <moby companyid="2 in 1992, Origin began working on internet-only software, with the Ultima Online-series becoming one of the most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing (MMORPG) series of all time.
Garriott left Origin Systems after EA canceled one of his development projects in 2000. Subsequently, the company mainly worked on supporting and expanding Ultima Online. Eventually, EA closed the studio in February 2004.
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- February 25th, 2004
The studio is closed by Electronic Arts.
- March 30th, 2000
Founder Richard Garriott leaves the company.
Company acquired by Electronic Arts, Inc.
Here is the official statement from Origin concerning Richard Garriott's departure:
"It was announced today that Richard Garriott is leaving Origin Systems to pursue other interests. As co-founder of the company more than 15 years ago, Richard has helped Origin to grow into one of the top entertainment software companies in the world. As creator of the Ultima series, his contributions to the company and to the gaming industry as a whole are immeasurable, and he remains a friend of Origin Systems. Richard has yet to announce his upcoming plans, however we at Origin wish him success in any future endeavors.
Origin will continue to support and expand the world of Ultima Online, as well as our online worlds in development such as Ultima Online 2."
Garriott's main reason for leaving was more likely the complete lack of support and interest on the part of EA towards the single player Ultima series.
Location and contact information in April 1996:
12940 Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78750
Technical Support: 512-434-4357
Fax Support: 512-795-8014
BBS Support: 512-346-2227
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