The folks from the paizo.com released their own rendition of the D&D ruleset called Pathfinder that has conquered the tabletop gaming world since its release in 2008. Last year they released a Kickstarter fundraiser to build an open-world sandbox MMO, which rose to well over what they asked for. Since then it would seem that with everything they've spoke on about Pathfinder Online's features will be the closest thing to an updated "Ultima Online" because ofsimilar gameplay features. Open world PvP, 'classless' skill sets, player made: quests, towns, buildings, etc. I definitely donated, and have HIGH hopes for this game. OOOoOoOOoo!!! Spirit Speak anyone? heh..heh...rumor has it that they've got a designer from UO employed.
kickstarter.com/projects/1675907842/pathfinder-online-technology-demo - Won't let me use BB code cause I'ma NEWB here...gah...
goblinworks.com/blog/ - Game developers website/blog (updated once a week)
youtube.com/watch?v=FUPrYVkdbc0 - This is a 13min video presentation of the CEO comparing Theme Parks vs Sandbox