Origin Systems, Inc. (latterly just "Origin") was the game developer founded by Robert and Richard Garriott in 1983. Origin was responsible for the Ultima and Wing Commander series, as well as numerous other innovative PC games (Strike Commander, Bioforge, System Shock, etc.), which continually rewrote the rules as to what could be done in a PC game . Origin were purchased by Electronic Arts in the early Nineties. Due to the catastrophic failure of Ultima IX and the increasingly nihilistic corporate culture of EA (translation: treating their developers like shit, and drastically cutting funding to online games - a move which we can but hope will ultimately destroy them), Origin is now defunct.

Chris Roberts had left years previously to form Digital Anvil (where he expressed his creative freedom by ... err, being bought by Microsoft and nearly getting sacked). Richard "Lord British" Garriott was fired after the U9 debacle (and is currently forming a new team with ex-Origin employees), and Warren Spector currently works for Ion Storm (who are increasingly looking like the inheritors of the Origin crown - Daikatana excepted). It seems unbelievable that the creators of so many great games, including Ultima Online, can suffer such a fate. But hopefully the people mentioned above, and all the other Origin staff, can go on to create great games under new, and more enlightened, management.

"We Created Worlds..."

The games of Origin Systems, in chronological order.

Notes: Many Origin games were ported to many different platforms. When compiling this list, I only included the first version. I tried to include all versions, but doing so made the list horribly complicated, with some games showing up in the list five or six times. See the individual nodes for port information. Add-on packs are counted as separate games (since they contain new content) but "gold packs" and compilations are not.

If a game's platform is not listed, then the game was originally developed for the PC.

Please /msg me if I've made an error.

Caverns of Callisto (Apple II)
Ultima III: Exodus (Apple II)

Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (Apple II)
Moebius: The Orb of Celestial Harmony (Apple II)

Ogre (Apple II)
Autoduel (Apple II)

2400 AD (Apple II)
Times of Lore (Apple II)
Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny (Apple II)

Knights of Legend (Apple II)
Omega (Apple II)
Space Rogue (Apple II)
Tangled Tales (Apple II)
Windwalker (Apple II)

Bad Blood
Ultima VI: The False Prophet
Wing Commander
Wing Commander: Secret Missions 1
Wing Commander: Secret Missions 2: Crusade
Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire

Ultima: Runes of Virtue (Game Boy)
Worlds of Ultima: Martian Dreams
Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi
Wing Commander 2 Speech Pack
Wing Commander 2: Special Operations 1
Wing Commander 2: Special Operations 2

Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss
Ultima VII: The Black Gate

Strike Commander
Strike Commander Speech Pack
Strike Commander: Tactical Operations
Ultima Underworld 2: Labyrinth of Worlds
Ultima VII: The Forge of Virtue
Ultima VII, Part Two: The Serpent Isle
Ultima VII, Part Two: The Silver Seed
Ultima: Runes of Virtue 2 (Game Boy)
Wing Commander Academy
Wing Commander Armada
Wing Commander: Privateer
Wing Commander: Privateer Speech Pack
Wing Commander: Privateer: Righteous Fire

Pacific Strike
Pacific Strike Speech Pack
Pagan: Ultima VIII
Pagan: Ultima VIII Speech Pack
System Shock
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger
Wings of Glory

Crusader: No Remorse
CyberMage: Darklight Awakening
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom

Crusader: No Regret
Privateer 2: The Darkening

Ultima Online
Wing Commander Prophecy

Ultima Online: The Second Age
Wing Commander Prophecy: Secret Ops

Ultima IX: Ascension

Ultima Online: Rennaissance

Ultima Online: Lord Blackthorne's Revenge

Ultima Online: The Age of Shadows

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