Originally Posted by purifier
I think I only played the game from a shareware version, if I remember correctly. Although I didn't know there were two parts to the full game.
Part II continued the story (though Part I had a perfectly serviceable ending), and was on the same engine. That's why it was called Part II, and not Ultima VIII. It was a full sized game, with tweaks to the gameplay of Part I, and its own expansion pack. In other words, it was more different from Part I than most video game 'sequels' are now, but they didn't think it was enough to give it a totally different number.
How times have changed.