games.on.net has the latest interview with a member of the Ultima Forever team, Jeff Skalski, the Ultima Franchise producer.
Jeff expanded on aspects of the game, including how the multi-player would work:
You can form a group of up to 4 players in any combination of classes. You’ll find towns sprawling with other live players as well, so swing by a tavern. You never know who you might meet on their travels. Each class can even be unique from the next based upon what abilities you invest in and how you customize your avatar.
He also talked about the setting and the Gypsy:
Exactly 21 years after Ultima IV. We refer to it as the Batman reboot. This gives us some wiggle room and honestly we have no desire to mess with people’s fond memories of Ultima IV. This is meant to be a new chapter in the Ultima series.
Yes, in fact she greets you from the moment you play and pulls you into Britannia before you land at the feet of Celeste. Your choices will impact your path through the game. Different quests may appear, new gear will unlock and ultimately you’ll gain access to the Stygian Abyss to seek the Codex.
The interview is worth a read for those who still aren’t sure about what it is.