Gamespy has posted an interview with Richard Garriot talking about his break with EA, his development of Lineage II and how he came to NC Soft in the first place. Hey look, they he even talks about Ultima 9!
I love the overlaying bitterness in everything he says about Electronic Arts. It warms my cold black little heart.
So, Ultima 9, throughout its development, was the bastard child of Electronic Arts and suffered from that lack of support. But we persevered anyway, and I think it came out pretty well. There were some areas I wish we could have taken the time to make better, but considering the rocky road of internal support it had, it actually turned out quite nicely.