Origin Systems (Company)

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Overall rating based on 33 games



Brothers Richard Garriott and Robert Garriott, their father Owen, and Chuck Bueche founded Origin Systems in 1983 because of the trouble they had collecting money owed to Richard Garriott for his games released by other companies. The company's first game was Ultima III: Exodus; because of Ultima's established reputation, Origin survived the video game crash that occurred that year. It published many non-Ultima games, and Richard Garriott claimed that he received the same royalty rate as other developers.

By 1988 Origin had 15 developers in Austin, Texas, and 35 other employees in New Hampshire. In September 1992, Electronic Arts acquired the company for $35 million in stock, despite a dispute between the two companies over EA's 1987 game Deathlord. Origin, with about $13 million in annual revenue, stated that it had considered an Initial Public Offering before agreeing to the deal. By 1996, Origin had expanded to more than 300 employees, most of whom were divided among small, largely autonomous development teams. In 1997, Origin released one of the earliest graphical MMORPGs, 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, in part due to Ultima IX's poor reception, EA canceled 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 canceled. In February 2004, the studio was disbanded by Electronic Arts. The Longbow series of simulation games was developed at Origin and published under the "Jane's Combat Simulations" brand of Electronic Arts. A follow-on project, Jane's A-10, was under development when the project was canceled in late 1998 and the team moved to other projects.

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Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar1985
FM Towns / PC DOS / Commodore C64/128 / Amiga / Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / Sega Master System / Atari ST/STE / Apple II
Ultima VII: The Black GateApr 16, 1992 (...)
PC DOS
Wing Commander1990
Amiga CD32 / Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) / PlayStation / PC DOS / Mac / Amiga / Game Boy Advance / 3DO Interactive Multiplayer / Sega CD / PC (Microsoft Windows)
Wing Commander IV: The Price of FreedomDec 1995
PlayStation Network / PlayStation / PC DOS / Mac / PC (Microsoft Windows)
Ultima VI: The False ProphetJun 01, 1990 (...)
FM Towns / PC DOS / Commodore C64/128 / Amiga / Super Famicom / Atari ST/STE / Sharp X68000 / PC-98 / Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
Wing Commander: ProphecyNov 30, 1997 (...)
Game Boy Advance / PC (Microsoft Windows)
Ultima V: Warriors of DestinyMar 01, 1988 (...)
FM Towns / PC DOS / Commodore C64/128 / Amiga / Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / Atari ST/STE / Apple II / Sharp X68000
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger1994
PlayStation / PC DOS / 3DO Interactive Multiplayer
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Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar1985
FM Towns / PC DOS / Commodore C64/128 / Amiga / Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / Sega Master System / Atari ST/STE / Apple II
System ShockSep 22, 1994 (...)
PC DOS / Mac
Ultima VII: The Black GateApr 16, 1992 (...)
PC DOS
Wing Commander1990
Amiga CD32 / Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) / PlayStation / PC DOS / Mac / Amiga / Game Boy Advance / 3DO Interactive Multiplayer / Sega CD / PC (Microsoft Windows)
Ultima VI: The False ProphetJun 01, 1990 (...)
FM Towns / PC DOS / Commodore C64/128 / Amiga / Super Famicom / Atari ST/STE / Sharp X68000 / PC-98 / Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
Ultima V: Warriors of DestinyMar 01, 1988 (...)
FM Towns / PC DOS / Commodore C64/128 / Amiga / Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / Atari ST/STE / Apple II / Sharp X68000
BioforgeMar 29, 1995 (...)
PC DOS / PC (Microsoft Windows)
AbuseFeb 29, 1996 (...)
Linux / PC DOS / Mac / Amiga / iOS / PC (Microsoft Windows)

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