1983: Origin Systems founded
30 years ago, the developer of the famed Ultima and Wing Commander series, Origin Systems, was founded in Austin, Texas. Over the course of its 20 year career, a number of notable industry heavies pass through its doors, including John Romero (id Software), Raph Koster (Sony Online Entertainment), and Tom Chilton (Blizzard). Headed by Garriott brothers Robert and Richard, Origin became known for it’s immersive games that included complex and well written stories and cutting edge graphics. The company was acquired by EA in the early 1992 and would release the fantasy game. Ultima Online several years later. Ultima Online was an early and incredibly successful MMORPG that’s still being played today. Origin was eventually folded by EA.
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