UO doesn't matter and hasn't mattered since 1999 but I'll let it slide to 2000, maybe 2001 only because of this photo... EA bought ORIGIN Systems Inc. in 1992 and dissolved it in 2001 but officially dissolved it in 2004. They owned the name ORIGIN so they decided to use it to name their download software. Mythic was bought out by EA in 2006, in 2006 EA charged Mythic with taking over UO. Any 'outsourcing' means little to most Ultima fans who stopped paying attention to the game for the past 13 years. I predict UO will be shut down in 3 years. If you want to still play the antique archaic game I recommend finding a freeshard that suits you, they will be the only incarnations of the game come late 2017 early 2018.