Electronic Arts and its Austin, Texas subsidiary, ORIGIN Systems have announced they will release ULTIMA ONLINE: THIRD DAWN early next year. THIRD DAWN is the third upgrade to the popular game that currently boosts more than 200,000 active subscribers. The new version will have enhanced gesturing and motion-captured 3D animations. In addition, THIRD DAWN will include an enhanced lighting and shading system, one new environment, over a dozen new monsters and improved music and sound effects. "THIRD DAWN is really going to give our players a brand new way to experience ULTIMA ONLINE's vitual world," said Gordon Walton, ORIGIN's VP of online services. "We're not just adding more of the same thing. We're creating 3D technology that will enhance how each person plays and identifies with their character. It opens up an emotional attachment between players and fans for a long time to come."