Shroud of the Avatar now one year old, breaking own crowdfunding records

Shroud of the Avatar

By on April 5, 2014 at 8:43 am

Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues has been a Thing for a whole year now, and developer Portalarium is understandably pretty proud of its efforts; its April 2013 Kickstarter pulled in over $2 million, and 11 months later, March 2014 was its most lucrative non-Kickstarter month to date, with backers dropping over $330,000 into the RPG’s pockets.

If you’d like to contribute to Shroud of the Avatar’s development it’s best to get a wriggle on. Portalarium is running a number of last-chance promotions over the next few days allowing you to buy in at the same price as less tardy backers. Time’s also running out to buy founder’s packages at any price, thereby gaining access to variosu exclusive goodies and bragging rights. After April 7 everything will be full price, and founder’s packages will be gone for good.

We’re expecting Shroud of the Avatar later this year, although we’re still not entirely sure what it is. It’s the spiritual successor to Ultima, but if you use the term “MMO” Richard “Lord British” Garriott gets about ten different kinds of upset, which is mysterious.

11 comments (Leave your own)

Looks like a cross between Elder Scrolls/Gothic and the ole Sierra “type in your conversation” adventures to me.

 

I backed this. I am not sure I am happy about that.
Wish they would talk more about the combat and game play than … Look at this new pretty (but possibly pointless) item you can by with real money.

 

I wonder if the March dump of funds had something to do with the Star Citizen crossbow reveal .. hmmm

 

I’m with bs001, not sure i like the idea of how property works

Though given I haven’t bought any property/housing, I am sure I will get my moneys worth.

 

kinkykel:
I wonder if the March dump of funds had something to do with the Star Citizen crossbow reveal .. hmmm

The first thing I thought of. Sure people would buy it for the crossbow. Especially with a $20 voucher from I believe Alienware.

 

bs001:
I backed this.I am not sure I am happy about that.
Wish they would talk more about the combat and game play than … Look at this new pretty (but possibly pointless) item you can by with real money.

All the old gen of MMO devs know how to do is talk shit… they can’t run a studio and they can’t deliver what they promise, because they can’t NOT turn it into a design circlejerk that never actually results in making content.

 
CaptainCleanoff

I was going to back this, but for some reason, backed out at the last minute. Just didn’t give me a good vibe.

 

@bs001, the R4 alpha release was just starting to add the most basic of combat. This is still very much in an alpha state. Next month’s alpha release will have more combat systems in place for you to try out.

This post explains the combat, magic and crafting skills.
https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/magic-combat-and-crafting-skills.3937/

@Nekosan You’re saying Richard Garriott doesn’t know how to run a studio? You do realize he ran Origin Studios which produced tons of amazing games until EA bought them out and killed them, right?

There are only 2 more days left to get Early Founder rewards. If you pledge on your own, you spend $45 and you basically only get the game. If an existing Early Founder gifts you a pledge, it costs less and you get a bunch of bonus items in game. If you’re interested in Early Founder rewards, contact me at enderandrew (at) gmail (dot) com.

 

enderandrew:

@Nekosan You’re saying Richard Garriott doesn’t know how to run a studio? You do realize he ran Origin Studios which produced tons of amazing games until EA bought them out and killed them, right?

Nobody can kill a successful studio, take out Wing Commander and one decent ultima game and a pile of rehashed crap is all they produced.

Like I said, they pull the same crap as Brad Mcquaid always does: too much talking about “cool features that will revolutionize gaming” and not enough actual development.

I’m amazed the two of them haven’t collaborated yet, they could call it “Sinking Ship Studios” and just stop development 300 million dollars into it.

 
Drakonas1970

I played the Alpha, and the route they are going with this game is disappointing – the graphics are Xbox 360 generation 1 game graphics. You can own a house and property if you purchase it in the store – there is a chance to get it in game, but that is roughly about 20%.

Most of the development has been focus on the housing side of things.
If you want to buy a house – lots start at $165 up to $500.00 then house are around $50 on up.

He had some successful games, but most of those games are from 20+ years ago and it doesn’t feel like he is translating it well.

Again this is Alpha and a lot can change – I backed it and will keep an eye on it…but so far not what I thought it was going to be.

If you want a good RPG then look at Divinity Original Sin – which is another KickStarter, it is on Steam and has just entered beta. But even there Alpha was better than this game is.

 

enderandrew,

I know it is super early in the dev. phase

But like
Oberon,

I feel that the graphics are poor for a project that with (supposedly) already $US1Million invested before the crowd funding. That coupled with the focus is all on the pretty, but limited use, things you can buy really not giving a lot of hope.
I should probably have guessed when I read that the stretch goals included capes and pets that you can train …
I would never have backed if they didn’t promise a pure off-line solo player experience.

Hopefully it will improve and have a great story and be enjoyable as the Ultima of old.

I didn’t play the combat R4 weekend. I thought I would wait a while before I check back in once more game play actually exists.

enderandrew:

There are only 2 more days left to get Early Founder rewards. If you pledge on your own, you spend $45 and you basically only get the game. If an existing Early Founder gifts you a pledge, it costs less and you get a bunch of bonus items in game. If you’re interested in Early Founder rewards,

Hope you are doing well from the kickbacks you get for referring people. I must admit I was happy to take the $20 upgrade from Alienware. Free upgrades are always welcome…

So still in the wait and see category.

Enderandrew – maybe I will contact you about meeting up in the next alpha release could make it more interesting. I do want to like it.

nekosan,

You can kill anything if you are bad enough.

 
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